▪Helping babysitting this little cutie today was fab 😍 !▪ changed my first ever nappy, plus I successfully fed, burped him and got him to sleep cuddled into me for about an hour. Ngl I'm very surprised I managed #baby#cute#adorable#nap#cuddles#babysit#scotland
Can't imagine a better weekend! Went exploring, got to pat a spaniel puppy at a castle, a collie puppy at a farm 😍, saw an otter and a red squirrel, slept under the stars (kinda), got lots of winter sunshine and great views! I love you Scotland (sometimes)
4 days, 3 gym sessions, 2 many cheat meals, 1 beer and 0 best man speeches
a worthy break in fitness content for a great few days in scotland. 🏴
yesterday my parents got married on their 30th anniversary in Edinburgh castle. ‘twas a great day for the mcsimeon clan.
Some people will tell you that reading is a waste of time. Some people will tell you that education is something that just kind of happens to you in school. Some people will tell you that success is, like education, just one of those things that MIGHT happen to you.
What don’t people tell you? Reading is a profoundly important step on the way to building something. Education is something that you take responsibility for, all the time. Successful people don’t become so overnight.
It takes years of learning, work and perseverance to get where you want to be. If you want something you can have it, but are you willing to put in the right sacrifices for it? .
Something to consider on your Sunday evening. Hope you all have had a great weekend🤘🏻
So what’s your Nape of the Woods, Neck of the Way...? Whataya do?😉 Tis the season! Heatin up Folks......Fire n Ice 😎
“ As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.” Pablo Neruda.
Edinburgh Castle is situated on Castle Rock; formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.
Castle Rock had been a military base and royal residence for centuries. However, the edifice that is known as Edinburgh Castle was built during the 12th century by David I, son of Saint Margaret of Scotland.
The tensions between the English and Scottish monarchies nearly always centred on Edinburgh Castle. The first major battle was during the late 13th century when Edward I of England attempted to seize the vacant Scottish throne. From 1296 to 1341, the castle bounced from English to Scottish hands several times during the Wars of Scottish Independence.
After this, most of the castle’s reconstruction was overseen by David II. Much of this was undone, following the “Lang Siege.” The year long battle was triggered when Mary Queen of Scots married James Hepburn, and a surge of rebellion against the union rose up amongst the noblemen of Scotland.
Mary was forced to flee to England but loyal supporters held the castle for a further year.
Following, the ‘Union of the Crowns’’ on James VI and I’s accession, the Scottish court departed from Edinburgh to London. The final monarch to reside at the castle was Charles I in 1633.
The 1715 rebellion saw the Jacobites come dramatically close to claiming the castle in the same style that Robert the Bruce’s men did over 400 years before; by scaling the north facing cliffs. The 1745 rebellion saw the capture of Holyrood Palace but the castle remained unbroken.
The castle now serves as a military station, is home to the Scottish National War Memorial, the Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and is host to the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
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Eilean Donan Castle is endlessly popular with photographers (like me) for obvious reasons. (It looks good from all angles in all weather. Don’t miss it.) But don’t neglect its layered — and juicy — history, the island named after a Celtic saint, Donnan of Eigg martyred in 617 AD, the castle founded in the thirteenth century and blown up amidst the Jacobite rebellions of 1719, laying as a heap of rubble for two centuries till the twentieth century when it was rebuilt — and the bridge added. (No proper defensive castle would ever provide a bridge for attackers. But it is pretty and romantic and a great place for sword fights in movies.) Shot on assignment for @natgeoexpeditions.@natgeo@natgeoimagecollection#scotland#castle#island@hiddenscotland