|Kathleen and Edith (right)|
|Kathleen & Edith|
My first visit to Scotland was thanks to Aunt Edith - a reward for passing the 11+ for grammar school. I was stirred by the sight and sound of the bagpipes at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, gazed over the battlements at Stirling Castle across to Bannockburn (the site of the battle in 1314) and was captivated by my first island trip to the Isle of Arran. I returned home singing "Scotland the Brave" and wrote a story about a fictional island, complete with map drawn with my coloured pencils. Six years later Scotland became my home.