Tag Archives: Scotland

Glasgow: 150 years of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
The first stop of my three-week trip in Scotland this summer was Glasgow. Although the city is not as glamourous as Edinburgh, I tend to have a bias towards Glasgow, partly because of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and partly because of its friendly residents.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Exhibitions, Architecture, British design, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with architecture, British design, heritage, Scotland, art nouveau architecture, Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, arts & crafts movements, Scottish design, The Glasgow art club, Mackintosh at The Willow


Scottish Highlands: Ullapool

Posted on October 4, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
This summer, I spent two weeks staying in Ullapool, a small picturesque port on the shores of Loch Broom with around 1,500 inhabitants up in the Scottish Highlands. Before this trip, I have never travelled anywhere beyond Inverness in the Highlands. Since Ullapool cannot be reached by rail, I had to take [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Shopping, Nature, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, Hiking & walking, ceramics & potteries, Britain and was tagged with hiking, Food & dining, walks, shopping, nature, contemporary crafts, Scotland, walking, ceramics & potteries, pottery, craft, The Highlands, beach, Ullapool


Papermaking with plants workshop in The Highlands

Posted on October 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

The scenery from Ullapool to Assynt
 
Scotland is one of my favourite places in the world. I love the landscape, wilderness, people and traditions; however, I am not so fond of its weather – a crucial element that has put me off moving up there. I have been traveling up to Scotland annually [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Paper art & craft, Britain and was tagged with nature, eco designs, eco living, paper craft, Scotland, sustainability, craft, papermaking, The Highlands, ecoprinting, Printing


The Mackintosh trail in Glasgow

Posted on August 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mackintosh architecture exhibition at RIBA London

 
Back in May I visited the Mackintosh architecture exhibition at the RIBA, which coincided with my Glasgow trip a month later. I have long wanted to visit Glasgow and buildings designed by the renowned Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (I am gutted that [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British design, Architectural conservation, Design, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with architecture, British design, heritage, Scotland, Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish design


Scotland by rail

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

Scenery from somewhere north of England
 
I am one of those people who would get excited sitting in the front row on the top deck of a double decker bus. And often I would end up sitting next to kids under 10 years of age who are equally excited, though I don't express [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Transport, Train journey, Britain and was tagged with nature, Scotland, trains, Glasgow


Retreat aftermath

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Toothpicker

Stunning scenery from the train journey between Edinburgh and Newcastle
 
It has been about 5 days since I returned from Scotland, and I am still feeling slightly disorientated ( which seems to always happen after a week-long retreat).
I remember on the day of departure, some retreat friends and I had some spare time [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Business, Transport and was tagged with meditation, business, Scotland, retreats


Summer retreat in Scotland

Posted on August 4, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left and right: Dhanakosa; Main: Loch voil
 
What is your ideal summer holiday? Sun and beach? Doing eurorail across Europe? Or adventures in South America? After spending three months traveling and working in Asia earlier in the year, I felt the need to give myself some 'me' time and space, and to [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with hiking, meditation, nature, Buddhism, Scotland, retreats


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