Elisa's Daily Scoop
Cars, Loch Ness and Dogs
Well, a very big hello to you and Happy Sunday!
Hope your weekend is going well. Mine has been quite spectacular. Haven't done much of anything too exciting, but the weather has been amazing and I've spent some fun time with my girlies and my Dad.
Yesterday, I had a nice leisurely lunch with my Dad - just me and him. We had a bunch of laughs and reminisced a bit!
I don't know if I mentioned it, but, the lease on my car is coming due in about two months. So, I thought it made sense to get myself out there looking at some new cars.
I've driven a Ford for the past six years, and while I do really like them, I think it's time to change it up a bit.
I could never go back to a regular car - I need to be in an SUV, for the space it affords with the girls, their activities and of course, the carpooling. That third row of seats comes in handy more than I can tell you.
I'm considering a bunch of cars - Kia, Hyundai, Jeep and even Chevy. A mix of foreign and domestic!
Today, I started the "research" and checked out the Kia Sorrento. It wasn't bad - nice ride, great safety features and even a full roof sun roof!
I have a few more dealerships to go to - we'll see what hits me in both style, comfort and budget!
Yesterday, my dear cousin faced some challenges with her internet and being able to blog her daily adventures in the Scottish Highlands.
I'm hopeful that today, she will have better luck with her wifi - I really am dying to see her pictures!!
Today, she will be venturing to Loch Ness as she continues her Magical Anniversary Trip this weekend in Scotland.
When I think of Loch Ness, the first thing that springs to mind is the Loch Ness Monster - how about you?
This "loch" or "lake" is beautifully situated in the lovely country of Scotland, or "Alba", as it is called in Gaelic.
Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 23 miles southwest of Inverness.
It is of course, the place that folklore says is the home of the "Loch Ness Monster," affectionately known as "Nessie." More about this in a moment.
This loch is one of a series of interconnected, murky bodies of water in Scotland with an incredibly low visibility to its water due to a high peat content in the surrounding soil.
As the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 22 sq mi (after Loch Lomond), it is actually the largest by volume in the British Isles due to it's depth of 755 ft at its deepest point.
INTERESTING FACT #1:
The surface area of the Loch Ness lake could hold the population of the world 10 times over.
In terms of depth, it is the second deepest in Scotland after Loch Morar.
Moreover, Loch Ness contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined!
And it boasts of being the largest body of water on the Great Glen Fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south.
Loch Ness serves as the lower storage reservoir for the Foyers pumped-storage hydroelectric scheme, which was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.
This natural body of fresh water and the surrounding area serves as home to many species of amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles.
Within the waters are Atlantic Salmon, Arctic Charr, Eels, Minnows, Pike, Sticklebacks, Trout and other course fish.
INTERESTING FACT #2:
The Loch never freezes.
Now, on to the folklore of The Loch Ness Monster!!
In folklore, the Loch Ness Monster is an aquatic being which reputedly inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.
Around 1 million people visit Loch Ness each year and it is estimated that more than 85% of them are drawn in by the Monster.
By most accounts, it is described by most as large. Its largest hump is estimated at around 50ft long by comparing it to the height of the tower at Urquhart Castle in a 1955 photo.
"Nessie" is said to have two humps, four flippers, a tail and a snake-like head. Some even believe the Loch Ness Monster is a plesiosaur, a type of dinosaur.
Accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back nearly 1,500 years.
References to "Nessie," the Loch Ness Monster, in Scottish history, date back to around 500 A.D., according to scholars who have studied the legend, claiming that local Picts carved a strange aquatic creature into standing stones near Loch Ness.
According to History.com...
"The earliest written reference to a monster in Loch Ness is a 7th-century biography of Saint Columba, the Irish missionary who introduced Christianity to Scotland.
In 565, according to the biographer, Columba was on his way to visit the king of the northern Picts near Inverness when he stopped at Loch Ness to confront a beast that had been killing people in the lake.
Seeing a large beast about to attack another man, Columba intervened, invoking the name of God and commanding the creature to “go back with all speed.” The monster retreated and never killed another man."
The modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster was born on May 2, 1933 when a sighting makes local news. The newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.”
Since the 1933 newspaper article, there have been many reported "sitings" and groups of people who have sat vigil waiting for the large beast to emerge.
In fact, the Daily Mail reported that Madmaduke Wetherall found footprints on the shore of the loch after they sent him to look for Nessie. The British Museum of Natural History later discovered the prints had been made with a stuffed hippopotamus foot.
In 1960, a recording of a dark object heading towards Fort Augustus “classed as the greatest piece of evidence for the Loch Ness monster”.
Some stories have proven to be a hoax and others claim, there is truth.
So, what are we to believe?
Well, according to the scientific community, it regards the Loch Ness Monster as a being from folklore without biological basis, explaining sightings as misidentifications of mundane objects, hoaxes, and wishful thinking.
I'm rather jealous of Tanya and her visit to Loch Ness today!!! I'm sure it's going to scenic, fun and very exciting to be in a place that has so much interesting history!
Back to today...
Since the loss of my beloved Liberty, last May (2015) - my sweet dog, the kids have been begging for us to get another one.
They miss her terribly (as do I) and the love and affection of a canine family member.
Well, folks, today just may be the day we take the big plunge and adopt another fur baby.
Me and the girls are going to venture to one of the local shelters, that I have been communicating with, that has a number of puppies.
We have our criteria of what we are looking for in terms of size, weight and even general breeds - we are absolutely fine with a mutt, but some mixed breeds are larger than others, and so, we have to see what little angels are available.
I'll absolutely keep you posted on the results!!!
The kids can hardly contain themselves!
Hope it's a blessed Sunday for you!!
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