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The Passing Poetry of Place Names

Through England -

Seething
Spixworth
Blickling
Beccles

Creake South
Crimplesham
Pinchbeck
Bicker

Icklingham
Ugthorpe
Foggathorpe
Grinkle

Shiney Row
Spennymoor
Amble
Flodden



Coldstream
Caddonfoot
Peebles
Penicuik

Firth of Forth
Sheriffmuir
Bonnybridge
Beecraigs

Little Glenshee
Killiecrankie
Dalnaspidal
Dalwhinnie

Strathmashie
Loch Lochy
Dingwall
Dunmaglass


Good morning, friends! I missed you.

My body thinks it's about 12:30, so I'm awake and sipping a cuppa tea. (Or a coopa tae, in Scotland.) (I didn't actually drink much tea in Britain - our friends are more coffee-drinkers, like us.)

We had such a wonderful, WONDERFUL time, despite travel tedium like missed connections and lost luggage. I will write more later, after settling in here at home. I will probably spread it out over several entries and several days, so feel free to skip :-) The posts will probably be more for my own enjoyment than anyone else's. You know how other people's travel photos can be a bit much?

The first news item I saw when I got online this morning was about the terrorist attack at the Glasgow Airport.
Five hours after we left it.

Um ...

...

Yes, I'm ...

...

... speechless.

And you know that doesn't happen very often.

I'm very grateful that no one was seriously injured or killed in the attack.

And I'm very grateful that the final hours of our trip weren't marred by something so horrible - crashes and screams and fire and evacuations.

Love, L

P.S. Please comment here with anything momentous! I may not get to the past two weeks' worth of friends' blogs.

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lkmadigan
Jul. 1st, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, LL!

I jotted down all the names of places that really struck my fancy. And there were so many more ...!
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lkmadigan
Jul. 1st, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hi, Melodye!

I've been writing my travel post all day in my head - now I just need to take them time to type it up. But that will take a little longer. :-D

What's new with you, Nancy Drew?

P.S. I meant to tell you, if I didn't before: please feel free to copy my little Nancy Drew icon and use it! You can find it on my user pics.
lisa_schroeder
Jul. 1st, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Missed you!

Can't wait to hear all about it! Is it back to work tomorrow or do you have a few days of recovery first?

lkmadigan
Jul. 1st, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
Back to work tomorrow - ack!

zzzzzz
robinellen
Jul. 1st, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Your trip sounds wonderful just from the names :) I loved the Firth of Forth when I was there (I felt like a little kid again every time I said it).
lkmadigan
Jul. 1st, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
I thought of you when we were watching Wimbledon on TV. :-)

I looked for Wildfire at Midnight everywhere I went! Now that I'm home I'll be able to get it at the library.
robinellen
Jul. 2nd, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Figures that you couldn't find it there -- but now it will be a nice memory builder :)
azang
Jul. 1st, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
So happy you were five hours safe and away from that!
Sounds like a wonderful time, I'll look forward to hearing more.
lkmadigan
Jul. 1st, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Angela!

I can't wait to share all of my stories.
rusalkatrix
Jul. 1st, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Yay! You're back! :D
lkmadigan
Jul. 1st, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I'm happy to be home.

I've been buzzing with that weird sleep deprivation energy today.

Now I'm going to

zzzzzzz
kellyrfineman
Jul. 1st, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thank heavens you were gone from Glasgow. Still, I grieve for the poor Glaswegians who've had their lives turned topsy-turvy. (And yes, I love the word Glaswegians.)

lkmadigan
Jul. 2nd, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
Morning!

Yes, I'm awake again.

It's going to be a long day.

Kelly, I can't remember: have you been to Britain?

Your Austen studies MUST take you there! You will love it more than I can express. Even the road signs are evocative, as you can see. I felt like writing a J.K. Rowling-esque novel just for the pleasure of using some of those names.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 2nd, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
I read a list of them once in a book -- there's actually a place called Nether Slapping. You can imagine how funny I found that, I'm sure.

I've not been yet, but will have to go eventually. Hopefully the dollar will strengthen vis-a-vis the British pound by then!
lkmadigan
Jul. 3rd, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, the exchange rate made everything eye-poppingly, heart-droppingly expensive. We'll be paying off this trip for ... um, a long time.

As an example, we bought lunch for our friends R and M and their two daughters (and us) after a trip to the Norwich Castle. Nothing fancy - a Japanese chain restaurant with cafeteria-style seating.

$150.

*faints*
ex_dotificu
Jul. 2nd, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! yay, Mo's back!

And aaaaaaaaaaaa on the five hours.

Can't wait to see pics! Post, post, post! Who cares about your ol' day job?
POST!
lkmadigan
Jul. 2nd, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh God.

Is it only 7:30?

I've been awake since 2 a.m.

I

zzzzzzz

*snorfle*

Oh! I've got to get dressed for work now! Wish me luck.
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