MARITIMER3's SparkPeople Blog MARITIMER3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community August Report and Plan for September My goal for August was to lose 4 lbs. I actually lost 3.5 lbs. That means I've had a loss each month for the past 4 months, and am now down 17 lbs. since the new year. <BR> <BR> We will be away from September 27 until October 21, without regular internet access and of course no scale. The first 5 days and the last 5 days won't be difficult because we will be on a train and the meals, although very good, are on the smallish size and there is little opportunity to snack except on the fruit ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 13:42:29 EST Kincardine Scottish Festival Kincardine is a small town on the shore of Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario. This past week-end the community pipe band there celebrated it's 25th Scottish Festival with a gathering of 8 bands plus individual pipers and drummers from probably another 8. <BR> <BR> The Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums were invited to take part, and since our daughter's husband wasn't available, we took her and our granddaughter with us. We left on Friday morning, stopping in the Mennonite area west of Tor... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:02:21 EST Don't Get Taken in by "Free" Offers I've always thought of myself as a smart consumer and careful shopper. Probably most of you would say the same thing about yourself. <BR> <BR> Whoa... not so fast... if I'm that smart, how come I signed for a free sample, "pay only the shipping", offer for what's probably the world's fastest-selling weight loss product currently. It's everywhere... tv programs, magazines, pop-ups on the computer... it seems like all the stars are using it and shedding pounds the way I shed my winter coat a... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:57:03 EST Thomas the Tank Engine & the Carpets are Dry Back in the early 90's Peter was one of the local people who formed the York-Durham Heritage Railway, to bring tourism to our small town. After 3 or 4 years of fundraising and acquiring rolling stock, the railway opened. Peter remained a volunteer until about 2005, when he realized he didn't have time for both the railway and the pipe band. <BR> <BR> For the next couple of week-ends, though, he's back on the train. YDHR, working with Mattel, has brought Thomas to Uxbridge. Thomas origina... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:57:42 EST Ontario's Algonquin Park Today we went for a long drive in our '59 Austin-Healy Sprite Mark 1 - Peter's first car, and his pride and joy. He bought this car when he was teaching in Belleville, and took it north with him to Red Lake, where he was principal. He's very proud of this car, and takes excellent care of it. <BR> <BR> We drove a total 375 miles, north-east from Uxbridge to Barry's Bay then west through Algonquin Park. About 95% of the park is accessible only by boat. The one road (besides some seasonal r... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 22:12:22 EST Plan for August... Be Strong, Lose 4 lbs. Good morning everyone. <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe that summer is half gone. It's been very hot and humid here. Temperatures often in the low 30's with humidex 37-39. Very unpleasant, and not conducive to exercising outside. To make things worse, we had less than half the usual rain and some of my annuals, planted to provide colour in between the perennials, didn't survive even though our water bill was twice what it should have been. <BR> <BR> We had grandchildren here for 14 of t... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 09:36:06 EST DH and I Had Our Check-Ups Today And the results were generally good. He was very pleased with my weight loss, and told me to keep doing exactly what I've been doing, except he told me to eat regular whole grain bread rather than gluten free, as he says there is no indication that I have celiac disease, and (and I didn't know this)... if I keep on eating gluten free for a while, and then go back to regular wheat breads, I may find that I can no longer digest it properly. <BR> <BR> He said we should have red meat no more t... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:06:12 EST Cham Shan Buddhist Temple, Bethany Ontario Yesterday Peter and I went to an open house at the site of the largest Buddhist temple outside China. <BR> <BR> The Cham Shan Buddhist Temple is being built at Bethany, Ontario, about 2 hours north-east of Toronto. It is modeled after one on a Chinese mountain top, and will cost $80 million before it is finished in 2-3 years. <BR> <BR> About 20 years ago the Buddhist Association of Canada began buying up land near the village of Bethany. The site was chosen after considering many differ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:15:53 EST Home after a rainy 4-day break Peter and I decided to take a little trip... in between the church activities, the gardening and the many piping commitments... and after checking the long-range weather forecast, decided to leave last Tuesday for a trip to the Eastern Townships of Quebec, about an 8-hour trip from home. <BR> <BR> Somehow the weather forecast was way off, and we left in the rain, in the Sprite (Peter's first ever car, a 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite), weighing only 1200 lbs. It's a little 2-seater with a remo... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:43:01 EST Why I Hate Clothes Shopping at Big Stores with Thin Salespeople! I am most comfortable in gardening cloths, or in the pyjama pants and loose t-shirts I wear to work around the house. I seldom wear high heels, and even when I do, they are only 1 1/2 to 2" high. <BR> <BR> The other day, going to a memorial service in Toronto, I dug deep in the back of my closet for a black and beige patterned shift, and wore it with a beige jacket and black patent shoes. I was the only one of the Uxbridge contingent who wore a dress, so I was quite pleased with myself. ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:18:53 EST Acid Reflux... I've been having some trouble with Acid Reflux (GERD) lately, and have been doing a lot of reading up on the food triggers. If I can, I'd rather control it by diet and lifestyle changes rather than taking more medications. And I know that losing weight will probably help reduce the incidents. <BR> <BR> The foods I'm reducing or eliminating in my daily meal plan include tomato products (I love tomato-based soups and casseroles), citrus fruits, carbonated beverages and alcohol. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 22 May 2016 20:32:55 EST Low cost housing options On Saturday I went to a seminar in town put on by Habitat for Humanity and North House, a local social service agency working with the homeless and those in danger of becoming so. <BR> <BR> I live in a small town town about 50 miles north-east of Toronto. It used to be mainly agricultural but now is becoming a bedroom community attracting commuters and seniors who want to move out of the city. The average price for a detached home in Toronto is over $1 million, with most condos costing wel... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:52:26 EST Virtual Walk Around Nova Scotia - part 2 I'm finally leaving the suburban sprawl behind as I approach Musquodoboit Harbour. When I was a little girl, people had summer cottages Porter's Lake; now people live there full-time and work in the city. With the new 100 series highways, it's only a 30-minute drive to the city, although once you get there, it will probably take at least that much time again to get across one of the bridges and to your destination. <BR> <BR> More later, someone just came in. <BR> <BR> From Lawrencetown Bea... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 21:20:29 EST Virtual Walk Around Nova Scotia - week 1 A couple of my Spark Friends have gently reminded me that I promised to start a new virtual walk. Thank you, Kate and Audra, for giving me the push I needed. <BR> <BR> I grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, a city across the harbour from Halifax, the province's capital. Halifax was founded in 1749, and Dartmouth a year later. Both cities were settled primarily by people from Britain. As I walk around the province, I will talk a little bit about the people who first settled specific areas. ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:57:42 EST What's Changed?... Me! So what's going on? I recommitted to SP on January 4 after regaining 12 lbs last year. Since then, I've lost 4 lbs and am exercising regularly. I'm switching things around in the house, planning lots of sewing projects, sleeping better and staying within my calorie/fat/protein/carb range just about every day. Still struggling a bit with salt, and realize that I have to almost give up eating out if I'm going to stay below 2000 mg/day. The good news is that I've been off BP meds for 3 weeks,... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:01:26 EST Pride goeth before a fall... I have to admit I've been feeling really good about my "fresh start" on SP a couple of weeks ago (see previous blog). Well last night I crashed in a big way. I wrote just yesterday to a Spark Friend saying that my binges were fewer and not nearly as bad as they had been. Or so I thought... to quote Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral. <BR> <BR> Last night I couldn't sleep, and wandered downstairs around 2 to read by the fireplace. 5 minutes later I had a package of crab-flavoured p... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:22:16 EST Fresh Start For the first time in months, I'm really excited about SP! I feel like I did when I first started the program 5 years ago. <BR> <BR> I got careless, exercised less and didn't track my food carefully or honestly... a few cookies can't really hurt, can they? Over the past 18 months I regained almost all the weight I'd worked so hard to lose. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I didn't throw in the towel. I didn't quit. Instead, I recommitted. <BR> <BR> Since January 4, I've lost 3.1 pound... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:07:32 EST Spark Teams As most of you know, I've chosen to limit the number of Spark Friends I add so that I can really get to know those I correspond with. <BR> <BR> Today I've decided to cut back on the time I spend on teams as well. Currently, each morning I spend about an hour on the iPad, updating my own account, reading articles, playing team games and checking on my friends. <BR> <BR> The games are fun. I especially like the word-type games... last letter starts the next word... A-Z on some topic... b... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:23:55 EST Ukrainian Christmas My DH goes to the Ukrainian Catholic church (he's Irish, English and German, but that's another story), so we celebrate two Christmases each year. <BR> <BR> Today is Ukrainian Christmas Day, 12 days after December 25. Traditionally the Ukrainian Christmas dinner is eaten on Christmas Eve, beginning when the first star appears in the sky. There are 12 traditional dishes, beginning with kutia, wheat or barley mixed with poppy seeds, honey, water and nuts. Borscht, beet soup follows, then k... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 21:17:24 EST 2016 Has GOT to be better, weight-wise than 2015. <BR> <BR> My plan for 2015 went all to heck. No legitimate reasons; I simply ate too much and exercised too little, promising myself that I would "start tomorrow". The holidays were an absolute disaster; I ate as if I would never see food again, resulting in a 5lb. gain from December 1. <BR> <BR> Today, January 3, 2016, is the first day of my new plan. I will blog weekly about progress, successes and failures. Hopefully more of the former a... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 14:52:43 EST Some people have kindly asked about our last trip. It had its good points, but was definitely not as good as the spring trip. <BR> <BR> The good points included a stay at the Opryland Resort (ridiculously large, but worth a visit), attending a service at Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Orleans, (neither of us is Baptist, but the singing was wonderful and the congregation made us so welcome), visiting Tulum Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula and Peter's first-ever visit to Graceland. He's a huge Elvis fan and had never... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 16:40:39 EST Disney World with my daughter When our children graduated from university, I took each of them on a special trip of their choice... all except my oldest daughter, Jennifer, who was starting a job out of town the week after graduation, and who was getting married in the fall. We always planned to do the trip "someday", and this year we were finally able to plan it. <BR> <BR> Some people would think Disney World was a strange destination for two women, 48 and 72 years of age, but it's probablyJenn's favourite place in the... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 08:42:39 EST Cutting back I've cancelled most of my team and newsletter subscriptions. What's the point of getting lots of points when the pounds aren't coming off??? <BR> <BR> I need to hunker down and WORK at this program. I know the program makes sense, but I haven't been doing my part consistently. <BR> <BR> I haven't been exercising consistently. I haven't been using the treadmill. I can't seem to commit to a new virtual walk. <BR> <BR> Some of the time I've been spending online, accumulating Spark po... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:11:13 EST Do You Try New Recipes Very Often? I must admit that I don't. I've spent hours yesterday and today going through magazines, clipping decorating ideas, recipes, knitting patterns and exercises. Then I got out my recipe files - 1 envelope each for appetizers, breakfast, beef, breads, chicken, desserts... you get the idea, and yes, I even have my spices in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> Before adding the new recipes, I sorted through each envelope, tossing duplicates and things that sounded too complicated or needed too many e... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:59:52 EST Today I Lost a Spark Friend... ... I'm so glad I found her again! As some of you know, I limit my number of Spark Friends. Probably because I think of you as penpals, and want to keep the number low so that I can keep in touch with you regularly. I may never meet any of you, but you are carefully chosen, and are definitely "real", not "virtual" to me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I clicked on the See All Friends button on my page, there were 17 of you rather than 18. Two full rows, but only 5 in the third row instead of... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:51:58 EST Do you really believe... that you can reach the goal weight you set for yourself? <BR> <BR> That's one of the questions in an article I read yesterday on the SP site, under the heading, Weight Loss articles. The article is called, " An Obesity Expert Tells Us What Really Works in Weight Loss". <BR> <BR> When I joined SP in 2011, I weighed 192 lbs. and set my goal as 150 lbs. I've reached the low 160's a couple of times, but each time scuttled back to the high 170's/low 180's which seems to be my comfort level. ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:45:16 EST Bit of a Wake-Up Call Hi all... <BR> <BR> As most of you know, I've been sick for over a month, with various diagnoses ranging from a virus to bronchitis. I've been on Flovent for 2 weeks and an antibiotic for one, both prescribed by a doctor at walk-in, as I couldn't get a quick appointment with our own doctor. <BR> <BR> Today I saw our family doctor to see whether my lungs were clearing, and how long I should stay on the Flovent. <BR> <BR> Going way back, this coughing thing started when my office moved into... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:10:22 EST Taking a fresh look at my plan My goal weight, from the time I joined SP in 2011, has been 150 lbs. Once I actually got down to 159 point something; another time to 161... then each time I scuttled back to the comfort of the 170's. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to rethink the process. I'm setting smaller, shorter goals. The first is to reach 165 lbs. By October 25, when I leave on a week's vacation with my oldest daughter. To reach this goal, I need to lose 12 lbs. in 13 weeks. Yikes... writing that number scares me.... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:40:50 EST Ringing the Bell 1181 Times Today is National Aboriginal Day in Canada, and after church we rang the bells 1181 times to honour the 1181 Aboriginal women murdered or missing in Canada. This number is 3-4 times the number of non-Aboriginal women murdered or missing over the same period of time. <BR> <BR> Most of those killed, like most murdered women in Canada, are the victims of domestic violence, killed by their husband, partner or another family member. Most of the missing women are presumed dead. <BR> <BR> I rece... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:01:35 EST Funeral Planning Can Be Quite Interesting Guess this means I'm finally grown up. Peter and I visited two local funeral homes this week to gather information for our (we hope long-in-the-future) funerals. We both want pretty much the same thing. Cremation, visitation one afternoon and evening, church funeral with visitation in the lounge one hour beforehand, reception at the church, and internment of the ashes later the same day or the following morning. Our criteria for deciding between the two funeral homes was to be mainly base... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:18:36 EST 3 NSV's in One Week Maybe, just maybe, it's starting to sink in. <BR> <BR> I've had 3 food-related successes this past week, and I'm feeling very proud. <BR> <BR> Peter likes fast food, and brings it home a couple of times each week. It's a challenge. If I know ahead of time, for example, that he's getting a pizza, I plan one slice into my meal plan for the day. <BR> <BR> Last Friday we were at church until after 7, and he suggested getting fish & chips on the way home. I ate the fish, but had only about... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 19:00:39 EST Reminder to self... never add an emoticon at the end of a blog. It makes them disappear. I just wrote an amusing (to me, anyway), blog about getting things ready for a sale at church... I've rented a table and am trying to get rid of some stuff... but when I tried to add an emoticon, it disappeared. <BR> <BR> So... I'll write after the sale instead. Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> Gail (no emoticon) <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 00:30:37 EST Mid-May, and I'm Not Where I Planned To Be... and that's because I made a realistic plan but didn't follow it consistently. <BR> - I didn't start another long-distance walk on the treadmill after completing my hike from Land's End, Cornwall, to John O'Groats Scotland <BR> - I didn't consistently drink 8 glasses of water each day <BR> - I didn't use smaller plates to encourage smaller portions <BR> - I didn't reduce my sodium consistently enough <BR> - even though I have resistance bands, a medicine ball, stability ball and free weights, ... Sat, 16 May 2015 15:36:59 EST Time to Regroup I've been struggling since November, and have regained some of the weight I worked so hard to lose last year. <BR> <BR> I think that part of the problem is that I am especially busy in the winter, particularly with church activities. First there's the budget process, then all the extra Christmas programs, vestry meeting, filling in with reading, chalice and projector for the people who go south for the winter. I chair the Advisory Board, write for the newsletter and help distribute it, a... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:55:38 EST Woo Hoo! I'm an Hourglass Hourglass - top and bottom equal, middle narrows in... only problem is, I'm sure there is supposed to be more narrowing... <BR> <BR> I joined a 90-day challenge started by my friend PIXIE-LICIOUS (check out her Spark Page, she's a great Spark Friend, and sets up some very interesting challenges). She took front and side pictures of herself on January 1, and challenged others to do this once a month, for 3 months. Another option was to weigh and measure yourself, and that's the one I chose... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:01:32 EST Thank you to 2 great Spark Friends Two of my Spark Friends stepped up to help when I asked for a buddy to help me get back on the straight and narrow. A great big "thank you". Thanks, also, to several others who weren't in the position to be my buddies, but who wrote very supportive comments. <BR> <BR> I've told so many people that this is a long-term journey. That it's for the rest of our lives... but I haven't been very good taking my own advice. I get busy, or tired, or sick, or discouraged and then I mess up. I know ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:42:23 EST I need a special Spark buddy to help me get back on track I really messed up over the holidays... well really for the past 8 weeks... and I hope that one of my Spark Friends will step up to help me get back on track. <BR> <BR> No point going into the reasons I messed up, I'm sure some of you would recognize them, and maybe even fell into the same traps at some point yourself. <BR> <BR> Yes, there were extra foods around, but that doesn't excuse me for sneaking them upstairs and eating them all by myself. Yes, I was busy, but i found lots of time ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:28:53 EST Planning for Dinner Out Tonight we are going to the Christmas party for one of Peter's pipe bands. They hold it at The Keg, and I've been spending the last hour going over their menu, checking the nutritional values, and trying to plan what I will choose. To make it more complicated, the party organizers have pre-chosen probably 4 options from the menu, and we won't know the choices until we get there. <BR> <BR> I should add that I don't know these people very well. Peter is one of the newer members of the band ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:27:28 EST The walk continues... less than 100 miles to go This wasn't a very impressive month, but in spite of two cataract surgeries, I managed to walk 58.5 miles since I last wrote, and am about 5 miles beyond Alness, heading for Dornoch... don't you love some of the Scottish names? <BR> <BR> I joined Loch Ness at Fort Augustus, and left the Caledonian Canal behind. The trail along Loch Ness, unfortunately, was mostly through a reforestation area, and except for pine trees, there wasn't much to see. Not even a glimpse of Nessie... sorry! <BR> <... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:00:56 EST Two inspirational quotes for today... that I read on SP today <BR> <BR> "If it was easy, everyone could do it!" <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> "Tired of starting over? Just stop quitting." <BR> <BR> Remember... <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Hugs, Gail Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:59:12 EST Not sure what to call this... This has been a bad week. I've been doing lots of extra cleaning, because I won't be able to do a lot of bending for the next month because of my cataract surgery. I haven't done as much walking, under 15 miles last week, and haven't done my ST. <BR> <BR> We went away for 2 days, then Peter started selling poppies for the Legion, in preparation for Remembrance Day (Veterans' Day) on November 11. We've hardly eaten any meals together over the past 3-4 days. I haven't cooked the way I norm... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:56:03 EST Better to err on the side of safety As a result of some unwanted posts from someone called JESSICA4LOVE, I've been reminded not to be quite so open with my activity feed. From now on I won't be posting that I'm going away, for example. I'll wait until I'm home again to comment on a vacation. <BR> <BR> I'm sad that there are people out there who attempt to use our posts against us. I certainly don't think that JESSICA4LOVE is anywhere around here, or that she/he? is stalking me in particular, because many of my friends have r... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:08:59 EST This Week We Lost Our Innocence Canada lost two soldiers this week, and Canadians lost their innocence. We grieved when terrorists killed people in other countries, but now it is home-grown terrorists, on Canadian soil, and somehow that makes it more real. <BR> <BR> Last night, instead of continuing with our regular sessions, our study group discussed the tragedies and how they affect our lives. We agreed that we must be vigilant, but must not allow this to make us distrust and fear someone simply because they look, or d... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:18:37 EST Plan for tomorrow 1. Up, shower, breakfast <BR> <BR> 2. Go over readings for morning study group <BR> <BR> 3. Eucharist and study group <BR> <BR> 4. Drop off church kitchen laundry <BR> <BR> 5. Drop off toque and knitted squares for AIDS orphans at church <BR> <BR> 6. Lunch with Gwyn <BR> <BR> 7. Grocery shopping <BR> <BR> 8. Drop off fabrics, quilting materials at seniors' centre <BR> <BR> 9. Gardening - spread corn gluten, prune shrubs. If Peter is available, prune trees <BR> <BR> 10. Skim fat off ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:57:17 EST I'm 10 lbs. from goal, and getting scared You see, I'm really good at losing weight. I've done it successfully many times, both on my own and following a variety of programs. <BR> <BR> What I'm not good at is keeping the weight off. I'm so determined that this time will be different, but I'm still scared. <BR> <BR> This time, though, I've lost weight more slowly (32 lbs. In over 3 years). I know many of you have lost way more than that, and in less time. And while I've been losing the weight, I've been learning a lot. For ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:17:04 EST The walk continues... Time to catch up a bit. <BR> <BR> Since I last posted on September 6, I've stepped it up and walked 118.60 miles <BR> Total walked to October 11/14: 939.82 miles <BR> <BR> I left you at the Falkirk Wheel, built to connect the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canals without requiring a series of locks. <BR> <BR> From there, I followed the Forth and Clyde Canal to Drymen, the beginning of the Highlands, and joined the West Highland Way, a 95-mile walking trail from Glasgow to Fort Wi... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:17:02 EST Heart of Europe, Part 2 We've been in Vienna for 3 nights, and leave in the morning for Salzburg. My first impression of Vienna wasn't great. I found it a cold, unfriendly city... but my impression changed today when I chose to walk around some of the areas near our hotel to see how people live, and especially tonight when we went to a fabulous restaurant in a part of Vienna which tourists would usually never find. <BR> <BR> Did you know that many restaurants in Vienna allow patrons to being well-behaved dogs ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:40:05 EST Heart of Europe Trip and What I've Learned So Far Hi all... <BR> Day 5 of 14 of our trip through what Craig Travel calls the Heart of Europe. Flight was fine. Smallish group, 32, about 8 couples, the rest women, some in pairs and a few on their own. I was surprised to see at least 4 women on their own, paying single supplement (the downside), but doing exactly what they want to do, when they want to do it (the upside). <BR> <BR> Bus driver, European guide who is with us the whole time (airport to airport), Canadian guide who travelled fro... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:25:40 EST What I Learned Today I've always exercised at night, and was very proud of myself for walking 3-4 miles on the treadmill most nights, especially since I started my virtual walk the length of Britain late last October. I've walked almost 900 miles since then. <BR> <BR> My thinking was that I would get my housework, gardening, laundry etc. done during the day and then have the evening for myself. <BR> <BR> Today, though, because I left home at 3:15 to babysit the twins while DD#3 and SIL go out this evening, I... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:24:24 EST Virtual Walk... past Edinburgh, heading for Loch Lomond Hi Spark Friends. I haven't posted about my virtual walk in about three weeks, but have added 78 miles and am now past Edinburgh, a wonderful (if mostly grey) city, heading for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. If you look at a map of Scotland and draw a line between Glasgow and Edinburgh, I would be about half way along the line, and a little bit north. <BR> <BR> Edinburgh gave me a chance to see some of my favourite spots. Didn't go to the castle, but did walk up Arthur's S... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 15:56:18 EST