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Never again.

February 24, 2012

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Never again, I swore – when I opened the passport and saw that it had expired. Never again, I swore – when I had to travel for 2½ hours to the nearest passport office. Never again, I swore (and winced) – when I handed over the cheque for the express service. Never again, I swore […]

Just the essence of the place …

February 20, 2012

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Imagine walking past a bakery, smelling freshly baked bread, but not having time to stop and get some.  Imagine that great scent of a roast dinner, but it’s not for your table; the excitement of a holiday, but you’re not able to go; or the anticipation of a sell-out concert, and you don’t have a ticket. […]

So what’s the story in Balliemeanoch?

February 15, 2012

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The best friend is setting up a B&B near Strachur, in between Loch Fyne and Loch Eck.  Apt really, she’s fallen in love with the place and also taken on one ‘eck’ of a project.  The B&B will be up and running by the summer, and then she’ll move on to the self-catering cottages; developing […]

McLizard’s days out (part three)

February 15, 2012

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Exploring and admiring the views is one thing, something you’d never get bored of, but on our travels we’ve also found a whole host of other things to see and do. Inveraray Jail, an interesting tale, a bit spooky for me but with enough gory stories to interest a 10 year old; the ‘fairy tale’ […]

McLizard explores the estate (part two)

February 13, 2012

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We explored the estate today.  The estate of Sir Charles MacLean, son of Fitzroy MacLean – one of the characters James Bond was based on, so they’d ‘been expecting us!’ What a great place, set on the banks of Loch Fyne, with fabulous walks, scenery, deer and at present, snowdrops a plenty.  We built a […]

Tales of McLizard (part one)

February 13, 2012

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With a surname like mine and a son called Cameron, I am sure you can add 2 and 2 together and figure that there’s a bit of Scottish ancestry. I’ve not spent that much time there, but it’s all about to change. My best friend, the one who doesn’t like the mushy stuff, has just […]

The Lizard King.

February 1, 2012

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I see you are off to Scotland, he said. I think you need to make sure your logo reflects this, he said. I am blessed. Not only do I have a great designer on hand; I have one who thinks ahead, who is creative and who really gets how important fun is to me … […]