Sunday, April 5, 2009


No Lovelier Spot

As usual, his dark eyes were hidden in the mist, but I could still sense him gazing down on me from his place so high above as I made my way along the path to the garden. The tallest of his kind, for years he had kept a benevolent watch on the divinely turreted manor nestled below him. Floating islands of cloud cast giant navy blue shadows on the grass; shadows that moved over the hunter green lawn like ball gowns waltzing in the wind. I followed their dance to the stone gate hidden amid the towering firs. Once behind the garden wall, cabbage leaves and dahlias painted tableaus in deep purple, while sun orange pumpkins sat serenely waiting to be turned into midnight fairytale coaches. The air smelled like holidays. Plump raindrops began to fall at my feet, those slow, wet drops that herald downpours, so I started back. Off in the distance, I could see the old stone tower of the great house, stately and mysterious, standing proudly impassive, with stories to tell but with no intention of doing so. The majestic lady, for whom an entire age was named, once wrote in her diary of this very place declaring, “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot”.
I would have been foolish to doubt her.
I pulled my hat brim lower, my pace quickened with the raindrops. I knew, inside that tower, wood fires were burning, my name was remembered and my tea was waiting.


For the first person to correctly guess this location, I shall be happy to send
an Easter Keepsake Box!

(Congratulations to Martha from Lines From Linderhof!!!
She was the first to guess correctly!)


26 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place and description. The location with the lake in front and purple hills beyond, is stunning.

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  2. I am guessing Dunvegan Castle?

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  3. Is it perhaps Balmoral? It is certainly Scotland! Ahhh...I love your descriptions here. Love ths photos too.

    I've never though of the air smelling like holidays, but that is such a perfect descriptions. I know exactly what your mean by that!

    BTw, love too the description of raindrop being plump--sounds so delicious somehow.

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  4. This Inverlochy Castle,in Scotland ..the bedroom where Queen Victoria was sleeping is now the honeymoon suite..very romantic!
    And a very romantic post..thank you:)

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  5. What a lovely post - your descriptions and destinations are always so vivid that I am always transported into the heart of them. I could see and smell everything and feel the raindrops.

    I so wish I knew where this was because I would love a keepsake box and would love to put this destination on my wish list for future trips!

    Happy Sunday, sweet one.
    xo Isa

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  6. I too will say Inverlochy in the deep mossy greens of Scotland. What a beautiful sentiment!

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  7. Oh dear I am lucky if I can find my way home than to guess where this place is. Scotland or Ireland I'm guessing. Whereever it is,it is beautiful! xoxo

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  8. What a gorgeous setting. I, too think it is Inverlochy Castle, close by Fort William, Scotland:)

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  9. I have not a clue- but I would love to be stranded there with lots of good books for a week or two!

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  10. Congratulations to Martha! It is indeed Inverlochy Castle and she was the first to get it right!!

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  11. Absolutely lovely! Castle dreams today-and everyday. Also, thank you for all of your kind comments at GSG.

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  12. Well, it had to be Scotland!
    I spent a wonderful Easter there years ago and actually got a sun tan---can you believe it?
    Our new pup sends greetings to Edward and Apple.

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  13. I loved the phrase ..."The air smelled like holidays."

    Happy Poetry Month, Pamela!

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  14. So glad that you have a winner Pamela! Congrats to Martha. It is a beautiful spot on earth. You & Martha and Elizabeth are fortunate to have been there.

    Looking forward to seeing your boxes!! I've been making some boxes recently too, but I doubt they will resemble one other.
    Happy Spring!!

    xox
    Constance

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  15. What a glorious place, Pamela! I had no idea where it was, but I wish I could go there! The air smelling like holidays is lovely.

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  16. wow! I wouldn't have had a clue, but I do know it is just beautiful and magical looking - like out of a fairy tale - as is your description.....

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  17. Thanks for stopping by Edward and Human! We love your blog - and we visit with Dad often! Glad you liked our little re-do! Come back tomorrow for more ... and, do you mind if we ask for an interview sometime Edward? We're not too proud to beg! :) D & Abby

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  18. That Martha knows her castles. She must have a Castle GPS Finder! Congrats to her.

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  19. The photos are lovely, but your words are beautiful, so full of romance and mystery.

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  20. Boo Hoo! Am MUCH too late here but would have known it! Oh well. And how lucky for you to have shared in the mystique and the majesty!

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  21. Balmoral Castle in the highlands of Scotland. Though If I'm wrong it is truly a delightful photo of whatever location it is.

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  22. A second guess would be Braemar in Scotland.

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