Picnic with my in-laws
5/23/17 - 5/23/17 68 °F
This morning we left for a day out in Scotland. Of course we were going to have a picnic. You don't go anywhere for the day in Scotland with my in-laws unless you bring a picnic. I made the sandwiches and Gran got everything else together. John was going to drive because he knew where he was going. We were going to go to Loch Lomond, but we are saving that for tomorrow because tomorrow is my father in law's birthday. I was waiting for them in their car in the driveway and my father in law came up to the car and asked me if I needed to use the toilet before I go. I told him "no John I'm good ". It was then I knew we would have an interesting day. We took off south first to Sanquhar, where we went into the oldest post office in the world. I took some pictures and my mother in-law asked the person working in the post office if we could go out through the side door to see the stables where they used to keep the horses that carried the mail. As we passed one of the doors, Betty pointed out to me a hot water bottle that was on a doorstep. It was ceramic and she said that is what she used when she was little. We continued on from there to the Leadhills and the village of Wanlockhead. As we were driving through the beautiful green fields and mountains, sheep were all over the roads. We had to go slow, so we did not hit any of them. We drove to the visitor center and had our picnic in this beautiful little park, high up on a hill. After lunch we went into the visitor center to get some information about the Leadhills. The village Wanlockhead is the highest village in Scotland, 1531 feet above sea level. The Leadhills is an area where lead and silver have been mined for centuries, even during the Roman days. Gold was also discovered here and the gold was so pure the area was known as "God's Treasure House in Scotland". Much of the gold that James V and Mary Queen of Scots had came from the Leadhills. We drove around the village and saw where the lead mine used to be. We continued on from there to the town of Biggar, where we got out and walked around for awhile. We then drove back to Cumnock. We had a great day! Thank you John and Betty!