Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Scottish Highlands Highlights, Hairy Coo, and Museum Quality Photos

Wait, wha . . . ? You're still in Scotland? (Meaning, me. I'm still in Scotland.) Well, yeah. Duh. Time Machine!

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The Downtown Abbey gang was in Scotland for the holidays, and so were we . . .

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(Peepy and Lord Grantham, aka Hugh Bonneville, met for the first time, here.)

So then, Scotland-wise, I was HERE, and I was THERE. Now, I'm here and there . . .

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Let's start with here with some museum-quality photos. Yes, we visited the National Museum of Scotland . . .

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Oops. There was an accident, but everyone was okay . . .

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While we were at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery we saw this painting of Professor Peter Higgs as in HIGGS Boson . . .

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It was so cool to see it because in my upcoming Young Adult Novel, SEVEN DAYS DOWN, the main character's name is Higgs Boson Bing! (The book is about the last seven days of high school for a Harvard bound senior . . . and what happens when it's discovered that he cheated on his application.)

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(Above: Not to brag, but that's my illustration IN THE MUSEUM. Um, anyone who wanted to draw was allowed to.)

Here's more of the museum . . .

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The Museum of Childhood was full of awesome rare toys!

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And now, let's visit way over there. We took a day trip to the famed Scottish Highlands. Our guide, repeatedly, repeatedly, said that the movie BRAVEHEART was an affront to the Scottish people and everything in it, including Mel Gibson, was all wrong . . .
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So, here's the real deal . . .

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It was great fun running around Doune Castle, the site of the filming of Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

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Our guide even lent us some coconuts so we could pretend to be horses. (If this makes no sense to you, see the movie.)

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Later, we went to the ness (a.k.a. "lake") . . .

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But the highlight of the highlands was meeting the Hairy Coo. Them's a sort of Scottish cow. Aren't they cute?

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Cows are my friends. In fact, in another lifetime, I co-wrote this video for our Dairy Farmers . . .

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When our guide asked for volunteers to feed the Hairy Coo, I jumped up and down and cried, "Pick me! Pick me!"

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Ah, what a wonderful time we had in Scotland. We'll be back!

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