So, there’s a Scottish joke that goes something like this:

Angus had just returned from a holiday in Spain. When his friend Hamish asked him how it was, Angus answered, “Ahhhh, it was a bit too hectic for my taste.”

“How so?” Hamish asked.

“The Spaniards are too stressed – mañana, mañana – it’s enough to make your head spin.”

Yes – time has a way of slowing down in Scotland. You can feel it in the air. You can see it on the roads, especially in Orkney:photo (5)Having little or no internet service for 21 days forced me to slow down and literally read the writing on the wall screen. Imagine trying to sign into your laptop and its response is always time out. 

If that’s not a direct order to chill out from the powers that be, well then I don’t know what is.

Even the GPS was in slow down mode when it told my friend Oona and I

You have arrived.” 

This was not the hotel we were expecting…

IMG_0493Nor was the Ring of BrodgarStone SunsetFortunately, the real deal was just the other side

IMG_0598of the rainbow and a little left ofOrkney Cliffthe cliffs.

But first, I had to do battleMe w:swordwith an escaped wild animal

 (Bet you didn’t know I was this good with a sword, did you?)

Before a detour took us into and out of

 a cairn…



a tomb…

until finallyOrkney HotelWe had truly arrived.

The room however, was a bit prehistoric – too dark and much too cold.

So, we asked for another.

– One With a View –

Ahhhh, and that was much better!

And there you have it – a taste of Scotland – to be continued sometime soon.

About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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  1. Lyn says:

    I am extremely jealous…whenever you get this message 😀


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  3. Corinne Fabian says:

    Just Heavenly!!! Welcome Back…


  4. Oh Donna, I always enjoy your writing skills and how you wrap them in playfulness and powers of observation. Thank you for writing and sharing. I LOVE Scotland and the Scottish, although not in that order. I was born on St. Andrews’ Day, so perhaps it was pre-ordained. Please share every little detail–it is water for the thirsty.


  5. anncav says:

    Looking forward to more!


  6. m o m says:

    this is from erika your mother. well donna got most of her humor and good writing from my sideof the family. i am also happy that she is back in her own castle in calif.


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