No time for tea with Liz

Trip Start Jun 30, 2011
Trip End Aug 23, 2011

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Still learning the lingo, we now know 'a slicey' is like a flat was part of our humungous cooked brekkie of TWO eggs, TWO slices of bacon, a slicey, black pudding, toast, and tea and coffee. We couldn't fit in the cereals or yoghurt.

With the massive cooked breakfast in our tummies we headed out of Johnshaven.

Today, we drove through more beautiful countryside, passing the Queen's summer residence of Balmoral Castle.  She seemed to have lots of other visitors already so we decided not to pop in to see her this time.

Braemar with its old churches, castle ruins and interesting shops drew us in.  We wandered through the streets and browsed through the shops.   We posted some more cards back to Australia - cheaper than when we posted them from Inverary.   We asked if they needed an airmail sticker were told they 'automatically go airmail in Europe'.   We didn't argue Australia wasn't Europe...let's see how long it takes the cards to make it to Oz.

We drove through the snowfields of Scotland.  There is a ski lift operating for the tourists in the summer.  If they weren’t single-seaters we would have taken the trip up and back.

Blairgowrie was our next stop and time for a late lunch.  Doug chose a pork pie while Kim was lured by the strawberry and cream pie.  We sat and ate them in the local park before crossing the street to the information centre. 

The lovely lady in the information centre found us a B&B for the night.  After a bit of a detour due to some doubtful navigation skills, we found our digs for the night.   We are on the first floor overlooking Perth Road.  The windows are not double glazed so we are hoping the traffic noise settles.

We dined out in one of the local bistros - Cargill's.   Doug chose fish and chips while Kim had chicken with bacon and soft cheese with tiny tatties.  We both had sticky toffee pudding with ice-cream. 

Tonight is the second in a row with no Wi-Fi connection.  The accommodations usually provide free Wi-Fi.

We are watching a documentary on TV of the same areas we have visited only days ago up in the very north of Scotland.  The documentary is about the winter in the area and about the clearance villages that originated in the 1780s when the farmers were kicked out of the highlands.  The areas we saw are completely covered with snow in the winter!
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