Happy Tuesday everyone! Linking up with A Compass Rose for this week’s Travel Tuesday (making it the best kind of Tuesday). I’m going to stop saying Tuesday…now.
Some of you who have been by my lil ol’ blog before may have the sense that I like Scotland. Okay, maybe more that I’m borderline obsessed (only not in a creepy decorate my place in plaid and paint my face blue sort of way) with Scotland. My goal for sometime now has actually been to move there. I have been actively investigating various methods of making this happen and I think I’m making some progress finally. But more on that later.
Today I want to take you to “my spot” (as said in the voice of Dr. Sheldon Cooper a la Big Bang Theory). In an ode to my favorite travel buddy a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I am the very proud owner of a little souvenir plot of land in the Glencoe area of Scotland. On this latest trip my brother and I were able to visit the Glencoe Wood – Highland Titles Nature Reserve and, through the kindness of a park steward, find my actual spot.
First, let me just say that this place is magical! They are in the beginning stages of developing the area for easier access and I have no doubt one day it will look great. But I’m really glad that I got to visit before it became too accessible, you know? Once we finally found the turn in, we pulled out the trusty American GPS (which was a total fail btw) and attempted to find the coordinates for the plot. Just as we were about to give it up, a very nice guy and his wife happened upon us in the middle of nowhere. Turns out he’s a steward with the Nature Reserve and they happened to be out filling some of the bird feeders for the wildlife cams around the Reserve. He very kindly took us to my exact spot (far from where we thought it was) and took a few pictures for us. I can’t thank him enough for his kindness (big smile).
Unfortunately, one of my “weaknesses” in photography is taking people pictures. I love talking to the locals and learning about the area, but I’m shy about asking to take pictures. It’s not my strongest photography point and I also have a tendency to get sidetracked and forget. So, sadly, I do not have a picture of James to show you. But if you go there, something tells me he’ll find you (smile).
I have to say that I’m very pleased with my spot. It’s among the old forest and has a stream babbling away just down the bank. It would actually be the perfect spot to camp, and I hope I get to do that some day soon. Actually seeing this piece of property, that I technically own (I get that there are limits), in the country I love so much, was incredibly moving. I’m not exactly where I thought I would be in my life by 30. The only things of substance that belong to me free and clear are my car and this small piece of property. But that’s something, a start at least. And this property will stay with me until it passes to my heirs, which is a pretty amazing thought.
Seeing this small area and placing my small brick really brought home to me what I want in life. I feel more motivated and inspired to get moving, which is something I had lost. The experience was a little overwhelming (in a good way) and surprising (also in a good way). I’m just so happy that I was able to visit with my brother, who made this all possible. We aren’t “discuss your emotions” siblings, but I hope I managed to convey how much I love him and just how grateful I am for this gift he’s given me. I think it far exceeded both of our initial expectations (smile).
If you would like to find out more about this conservation effort, the website is here. I welcome new neighbors (smile)!