Scotland Tag

Flying Back to the Nest

06 Jun 2016, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

Typically, it's the children who leave the nest to make a life for themselves. It didn't work that way in our family. Quite the opposite, in fact. Not long after my brother and I moved out of the house for college, marriage, and general adulthood, these two flew the...

Flight of Fancy at Eilean Donan Castle

31 Mar 2016, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

Since I've never starred in an episode of Downton Abbey myself, I suppose our tour of Eilean Donan castle was the closest I'll come. The day began rainy, and it ended rainy as well. That's what we had signed up for on our family trip to Scotland. Our...

Full of Promise

01 Mar 2016, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People, Places

There are many feelings that I wish I could bottle, only to save away for some other time that I'm feeling thirsty for that sentiment. This moment of promise was precisely one of those times. Had it been bottled, I believe it would have aged...

Edinburgh Rooftops

03 Nov 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

I returned to find the city was just as I had left it: cloud-covered and as charming as ever. I breathed deeply and started my climb to the castle. My family had made a whirlwind two-day stopover in Scotland several years ago, in the midst of a sprawling...

Th’ Muckle Loch Ness

15 Sep 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

Ordinarily, you'd expect to see the color green in photos of Scotland. Or at least a man in a kilt, clutching his pipes looking wistfully at the horizon ...