As I explained last week, I'm not really able to take the time to put together a standard HT; probably next week, DV. Plus, I'm much older today.
But I'll pluck out just a few gems from our terrific time in the beautiful UK, almost at random, as a taste of things to come.
On the trip over, specifically on the Newark to Edinburgh flight, we had the most amazing stewardess in the world. Her name was Linda. She greeted all of us in her section by introducing herself and asking our names. She heard the names one time, and learned them all. I wish I had that gift.
She treated us all like kings and queens. Our flight-out day was Jonathan's birthday, so we weren't really able to celebrate it properly. But, where there's a will there's often a way. BSIL started his day splendidly by bringing delicious cupcakes with candles, when he came to drive us to the airport. Then, on the flight, I told Linda that it was Jonathan's birthday, and she went all out to make it a special flight for him, talking to him, telling everyone about him, giving him a gift (!) -- and arranging for him to meet the pilot and sit in the cockpit at flight's end.
We arrived, got a rental car, and I entered the world of insanity that is Scottish driving. The most beautiful country, lovely people, MAD driving.
My dear and amazing wife spent sleepless nights planning a trip to suit everyone, in one way or another. The boys love things martial and Medieval; so they ended up seeing something like seventeen castles, among other features.
The first, on the first day, was Aberdour Castle. I have just enough time to share some pix from that, and with that I must leave you for now.