Saturday, May 31, 2014

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Beautiful beautiful card that I received from dear Maggie for the Vacation RR (and now this reminds me that mine never arrived - being in one of those doomed batches I sent back in November/December, whose trace is simply lost =/)

Loch Lomond is a freshwater Scottish loch which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area.The loch contains many islands, including Inchmurrin, the largest fresh-water island in the British Isles. Loch Lomond is a popular leisure destination and is featured in a song.
and for those who'd like to read it, here it goes:

By yon bonnie banks an' by yon bonnie braes
Whaur the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Whaur me an' my true love will ne'er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'.

O ye'll tak' the high road, and Ah'll tak' the low road
And Ah'll be in Scotlan' afore ye
Fir me an' my true love will ne'er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'. '

Twas there that we perted in yon shady glen
On the steep, steep sides o' Ben Lomon'
Whaur in (soft) purple hue, the hielan hills we view
An' the moon comin' oot in the gloamin’.

The wee birdies sing an' the wild flouers spring
An' in sunshine the waters are sleeping
But the broken heart it kens, nae second spring again
Tho' the waeful may cease frae their greeting.


Even if you may not understand each and every word, on the overall, the song is understandable and it doesn't take much to see it is a sad one.

and this is what you get when a 'smart ass' employee at Royal Mail is in charge of postcards...I really don't know which one is my favourite...the Canadians scribbling over the stamps with a pen, or this...

I fear Im gonna destroy the stamp if i try to peel the sticker off, so I have left it as it is...and if I could figure out correctly, the stamp is not issued by Royal Mail, but is part of the UK's Universal Mail stamps, which often feature some of UK's greatest landmarks. This one is from a set of 5 stamps featuring attractions in Edinburgh and all of them are intended for mailing postcards internationally, as you can see on the panel at the right side, which also features the Scottish flag.

Thanks a lot again Maggie!! ♥


Anu said...

That's such a beautiful postcard (and I love it how Scottish postcards tend to be larger than 'regular' postcards - more room to write)! I've been to Loch Lomond once and it really is gorgeous. Such a pretty place!

I find it disgusting that the Royal Mail decided to ruin the stamp like that - Universal Mail stamps are still valid postage even though they are not issued by the RM! >_<

Ana said...

I really don't know if they've done it on purpose or out of negligence...but in neither case it is justified...and the stamp is beautiful indeed!