Though I haven't had time to post about it, Mike has been working on the hall. The ceiling and walls have been painted, the new lights and doors are up, and the wainscotting started going up today.
It wouldn't be our project if there wasn't a problem. The closet doors are too big. Maybe you can see in the photo that they won't close? Mike will have to cut the edges so it will fit. All in all, Mike's making progress. And he still managed to run 10 miles this morning. Scary.
I'm gonna have to get Mike to start posting. My time is almost nonexistent unless I have insomnia (like tonight).
Two weeks ago Mike ran in the half marathon in our area. Just in case someone doesn't know how far that is, it's a little over THIRTEEN miles!
He finished in around 2 hours and 15 minutes. That sounds like two hours of torture to me, but all his hard work is paying off. He's lost 15 pounds so far. He brought me lunch this week at the University, and two of the college girls wanted to know if he was my boyfriend. I said that he was my husband, and they said, "He's cute! We thought you were robbing the craddle." My response, "I think I need to start running." *sigh*
Oh my! It's been a long time between posts. Of course, school has started, and I have a rather busier schedule than before. I am taking two classes, auditing one, and working about 20 hours on campus. I did manage to submit my thesis proposal to my committee finally. I hope to hear from them next week because I have to submit paperwork for an IRB (Institutional Review Board) since I am studying humans. Actually, I'm just studying language, but I still need an IRB. I'm afraid I won't have much time for blogging this semester.
We do have a little news. We adopted a sweet 13 year-old Himalayan. Her owner passed away, and she was adopted by someone else. However, that owner wished to get rid of her because she was scratching the furniture. I was very nervous about it, but we took the plung. Little Cinnamon hasn't done much clawing at all, and she's getting along very well with Mittens and Popeye. Mike has been trying to finish our hallway before our big Thanksgiving party. I know it's tough for him to do it alone, but he's been doing a great job. I think that's it for news. I'll try to post from time to time, and, with any luck, I'll have more time after the first week of December.
We got up early on Thursday and began driving south. Our first stop was in Stirling, Scotland. Even though we didn't have time to go inside, I wanted to see the National Wallace Monument. It was completed in 1869 to honor William Wallace who helped lead the Scottish to victory against the English in the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.
Another happy accident got us to the the Stirling Old Bridge which was built in 1500. It is just south of the 13th century bridge that Wallace prevented the English from crossing in 1297.
Now it was time to travel south to the Lake District in England. Jane Austen fans will remember Elizabeth Bennett's attempted trip to the Lake District with her aunt and uncle.
As we arrived at our first stop - the Castlerigg Stone Circle - the rain started. We waited quite a while to get a photo without tourists in it. The Castlerigg Stone Circle is dated around 3200 B.C.E.
Super-cool stone stile
This road is called Castle Lane. It's a one lane road used mostly by the ranchers. According to the map, this tiny road led to the main road. Mike decided to try it. Nerve. Racking. The map was right. At the end of the lane was the main road. So glad we didn't meet another car.
Our next stop was to the foundation of an old Roman fort in Ambleside. It was really impossible to take good shots of it, but we did meet a night lady and her dog Kip.
We traveled further south to our B&B, checked in, ate dinner, and hiked up to a ridge to see the sunset. Unfortunately, the clouds had set in. Still, it was lovely.
The following morning we left a bit late and headed south toward London. It was a nightmare of a drive. Road construction and traffic between Liverpool and Manchester was atrocious. In one hour we moved less than a mile. We exited as soon as we could and took the back roads to get past Birmingham. We arrived late in London and went to bed without eating. The next afternoon we flew home. We had a great time on our super-short British road trip. I really enjoyed the time away and was able to recharge for the coming semester. Touring the U.K. Day 1 - Scotland Touring the U.K. Day 2 - Scotland
Thinking we had a long day ahead of us, Mike and I left Kyle early on Thursday morning. We headed north toward Inverness. We stopped along the way to enjoy the beauty of the Scottish Highlands for the last time.
Skye Bridge and Loch Alsh
We stopped in Beauly to see the old Priory. Likely founded around 1230. Today only the abbey still stands.
After visiting the Priory, we traveled east to the Culloden Battlefield, the site of the confrontation between the English and the Jacobites in 1746. The struggle of the Jacobites is a long tale woven through the fabric of Scottish history. This is a small piece to the puzzle.
Farmhouse where the English received medical care after the battle.
From Culloden, we traveled south to Perth. Mike, convinced he took a wrong turn, began to turn around in a road, and then I saw this:
The Culloden Viaduct. It opened in 1898 and is the longest masonry viaduct in Scotland. Very impressive.
We managed to get to Perth, and we took a walk along the River Tay around sunset. It was overcast and freezing, but there were a lot of fly fishermen there.