Simply Scotia


hi everyone!

I just wanted to write a directional post here on this page.  I don’t want to say “last”, as it seems so final and I’m not ready to release this blog just yet.  🙂

However, that being said, I’ve been 5 months now on my new blog and have written over 40 new posts so I do feel I have made the transition.  I am loving writing about our new place, Nova Scotia, while still holding onto the old love of Scotland and writing a bit also about Ireland.

Please drop by Simply Scotia and check out the recipes, (hopefully) useful information on knitting, trains, Cape Breton Island, wonderful places to visit in Scotland and Ireland.  If you are wondering about the name of my new blog, come and have a read on my blog post, dated back in January 2016, where I explain the thought process that went into naming it.



A New Start



A little while ago, I wrote this post “Winds of Change” and I finally have a peace about beginning something new.

This is harder than I thought it was going to be.

I wanted to bring Scotland, Ireland and Nova Scotia under one blog and I also was hoping to create something where I could write a little freer about my life.  I wanted to change my focus from strictly writing about travel to writing about all of the things I like to write about.  I wanted somewhere to be more expressive about who I am.

So I have begun a new blog “Simply Scotia“.  I hope you like it.

I will keep Journeys to Scotland going for a while but I will be transitioning over to Simply Scotia within the next couple of months.

I have loved writing this blog and more than the writing, I have so enjoyed visiting with you, my blog friends.  I hope you will come with me on my new adventure and we can continue our conversations.  Thank you so incredibly much for all the encouragement, kind words and affirmation you have all given me on Journeys to Scotland over the years.



Winds of Change


I wanted to write something as I feel like I have been a little absent on my blog for a while now.  We moved house about a month ago and I am still trying to get used to the fact that we really are here and not just on holidays.  It still feels a bit surreal.

My blogging about Scotland has not been as free-flowing as it has been in the past and I am in the middle of wanting to either re-invent my page or start something completely new.  I still love Scotland as much as I ever did but I feel like perhaps this particular blog has run its course. I am humbled by the fact that people are still finding me and reading my blog even though my entries have not been very frequent recently.

So my thought is I love to write about Scotland, Ireland and Nova Scotia which have a common thread of roots. I have thought about writing a blog about all three but I am not sure what to call it.

I have also thought about just beginning a personal blog about our new journey here in Nova Scotia.  Also not sure what to call it although I have been considering a nautical theme … possibly?

September feels like a good place to start so I am hoping to begin something new once a routine of life begins again and things settle down.

For now, I’m sending you a video of my new place. I hope you enjoy it.  🙂

Great Blog Site Ideas

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I follow a blog that goes by the name of “Capture by Lucy” and the author has just written a very helpful post on “Blog Design Presentation”.

It is absolutely chock-full of great ideas on how to spruce up your blog site.   I have been feeling like my blog needs a bit of work and I have started tweaking it a bit (in my head) to reflect our move across Canada.  Stay tuned for more details.

The 3 things that stood out to me while reading Lucy’s post were 1) don’t be afraid of white space on your blog; 2) use Pinterest more to showcase photos on your blog and 3) create a mood board to figure out just what it is that you want to convey on your site.  I also found the bit on colors very interesting too.  I think I tend to go mostly with blues and greens but I’m thinking I’d like to try yellows and browns … maybe, we’ll see. I should probably try them on my mood board first. 🙂

Scotland 2013 Expo 200


Today was a day of rest.  Rest is good but unfortunately I’ve been getting up every morning and instantly switching on my mental to-do list.

It didn’t begin as a day of rest.  I slept in and was awoken abruptly, jumping into action as I needed to be out in 15 minutes, no breakfast – never a good thing, spent a couple of hours running around town dropping off library books, buying more moving boxes from the hardware shop, visiting my favorite British sweet shop and chatting with the owner, getting gas for the car and by the time I got home, I was so tired.  I debated whether to tackle the rest of my list or go for a sleep.  Sleep won out and 4 hours past by before I emerged from a much-needed nap.  Tonight will be spent not on the wading through paperwork and making more lists but in being quiet and still.

I am thinking there is much hope for tomorrow to be more productive and hopefully less weary.

Thanks Mo for making such fabulous videos.  I particularly appreciated this one today.