Friday, 19 February 2010

Some Photos from last Saturday

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We drove across Scotland on Saturday, from Morayshire, along Loch Ness and the other lochs to Fort William. Our first photo stop was in Fort Augustus, where we stopped on the Western end of Loch Ness for a picnic lunch. It's such a beautiful spot and it's also one of the first place I visited on my holidays, which seemed apt. ;-)
Then it was all back in the car and onwards towards Ben Nevis. We stopped here on the road side to photograph the mountains...
There were loads of stunning views all along the way, but nowhere to stop the car to take photos. :-( Is the dept of roads deliberately spiteful to photographers or are they merely unmoved by beautiful, scenery? It gets so frustrating when you have to zoom by waterfalls and other wonderful sights with nowhere to stop.

One place there was ample parking was at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. I took a photo of hubby standing behind the memorial. :-)
Here's a close-up of the memorial from the front.
We got to Fort William far too early and decided to do a bit of sight-seeing. This is the view of Loch Shiel where Bonny Prince Charlie rowed to shore in 1745. The memorial statue is to the left of my photo. The view was far prettier, to be honest.
We stopped at the very pretty Catholic church of St Mary and St Finnan. You can just see Mary in her little grotto to the right of the church. (between the red bushes)
The view of Loch Shiel in front of the church was so lovely I've used it as my new blog banner.
St Michael stands guard... my favourite archangel.
Then it was back To Fort William for the prize giving.

The prize giving was a great success, thanks to Sarah and all the other JMT folk (didn't get their names). Sarah even arranged a chair for my mom to sit, which was so kind and thoughtful. :-)

I had been a bit mixed feelings about going to the event, given the fact dad was sick and we were all pretty tired after a full two weeks lead up of hubby, mom and myself having to go to doctors and hospitals. By Saturday evening I felt more tired than excited, but the guest speaker, Margaret Bennett, changed that. Margaret was marvelous. :-) She not only was interesting and entertaining, she made every single winner (adult and child) feel special and important.

The quality of the entries was excellent, especially the children. We each were given a bag of goodies by Sarah. I got a wonderful pure wool top, a fantastic JMT photo diary and other assorted bits. Then Margaret rounded off the event perfectly by singing a beautifully haunting Gaelic love song.

We weren't able to stay long, since we had to drive back, but I did stay long enough to congratulate most of the winners and have my photo taken by local journalists. Hubby took some photos too.

Here are all the winners gathered around Margaret (seated). I'm standing next to the poetry section winner, Ian. On the other side is the 1st place writing winner, Melissa.
Ian's poem was my favourite entry. It isn't up on the JMT website yet. I hope they sort that out soon as it really is worth reading... AND looking at. ;-) How often do you find a poem that looks good as well as reads good?

Smug me, in front of the JMT stand. :-)
I'm so glad we went. It was a wonderful day. :-)
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12 comments:

Daisy said...

Beautiful pictures, Michelle. Very nice. And how exciting and fun it must have been to be there at the awards! I'm so happy for you! :D

Travis said...

Beautiful country. I will see it in person one day.

Michelle said...

Thanks Daisy
It was great fun. Just wish we could have stayed longer. THe whole winter festival sounded great fun. Lots of activities, film festival, winter sports, etc.

Hi TRavis
Scotland is well worth visiting. :-)

Amel said...

LOVE the pics and you look GREAT, too!!! CONGRATSSSS again! :-D I miss mountainous sceneries 'coz here is rather flat he he...

Hayden said...

wonderful photos, and a big congrats!

I drove from Edinburough to a bit above Loch Ness on my only visit there - I, too, was disappointed that there was so much to look at, not much chance to see it while driving, and little opportunity to pull off. Wonderful countryside.

Vasant Prabhu said...

The Pics were absolutely stunning, a bit mystifying like the tales around Loch Ness

Michelle said...

Amel

Where we live in the East is a bit flatter too. I miss the mountains too, but then it does make visiting them more exciting. :-)

Hi Hayden
I really think traffic folk should build roads in partnership with the tourist department.

Hi Vasant
It really does have an atmosphere of mystery and magic. No surprise people feel more... and see more... in a place like that. ;-)

Dafthermit said...

Hi Michel

wonderful pics my friend

sorry it took a while to get here

many thanks for your lovely comments on my wee blogs it means so much to me that you take the time to read my we stories

stay warm and safe and i will catch you later x

Michelle said...

Hi Andy

I totally understand that you don't get here often. I don't get to all the blogs often myself. I have too many friends! ;-)

I always enjoy your blog, the photos are lovely and the stories are great. I hope you, Mel and the furry family are all tucked up warm and dry tonight.

Love to you all

Dafthermit said...

aye my friend

4 hot water bottles
4 jumpers
12 blamkets
3 bowls of soup

not gtaking any chances lol

peace and light from the tin can x

Rory_JohnMuirTrust said...

Hi Michelle, glad you had a good time at the prizegiving last month, I know Sarah was really happy that so many of the winners managed to come up for the event.

Grant's poem has been one of the most popular entries since we put it up on the website, we're passing on all of the positive comments.

Michelle said...

Hi Rory
Thank you for dropping by. That was very kind of you. :-)

I'm so pleased to hear Grant is getting the acknowledgement he deserves. His poem was remarkably mature for such a young poet.
Sarah and the rest really put on a great event, IMO.