I'm not sure how I managed to never post these.
In November 2010, my father turned 70. As part of the celebration, we went to Scotland to revisit the area our ancestors were from, near Crathie and Tomintoul.
1) The Mill at Inver. My great-great(?)-grandfather was listed as the miller here in the 1841 and 1850 census listings. It has since been turned into a vacation home, and we got to tour it when we were in Scotland in 2005.
Mill at Inver by a_mckenzie_4, on Flickr
2) John McKenzie, who I believe was my great-great-great grandfather (all my notes are at home, where I can't reach them right now), was the miller at Tomintoul. This was his mill.
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JM Mill 02 by a_mckenzie_4, on Flickr
3) The mill at Tomintoul again, with my father in the foreground.
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JM Mill 04 by a_mckenzie_4, on Flickr
4) Pulling away from Tomintoul, there were some fantastic clouds. This doesn't do them justice, but it was the best I managed.
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Clouds 01 by a_mckenzie_4, on Flickr
5) The view from the Kirk at Crathie, which is likely where my great-great attended services.
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View from Kirk by a_mckenzie_4, on Flickr
6) From the Bridge of Gairn Cemetary, where a number of my ancesters are buried. The stone my father has his hand on is a replacement we had put in place about 10 years ago.
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A3 and stone by a_mckenzie_4, on Flickr
7) On the lighter side, my father trying to get a better shot. The title of this one is "What do you MEAN the batteries are dead?"
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Tree climbing 02 by a_mckenzie_4, on Flickr
(Yep... they really were. And he didn't know until he got up in the tree. Fortunately, he had a spare set with him.)