A recipe and a memory

One of my favorite spots in Scotland is the tiny village of Luss on Loch Lomond. They have such quaint cottages with colorful doors and glorious flowers ~ and a tea shop! I spent a memorable morning delighting in their scones fresh from the oven with clotted cream,...

Bonne Lecture!

Just wanted to extend heartfelt thanks to the French translators and publisher for these¬†first Ballantyne books, now available for my French-speaking readers… Bonne Lecture!...

A blue gown

Just typed THE END on a new 18th-century story for you in which our heroine wears this blue gown. Isn’t it exquisite!? I began the story in Scotland last May (2013) which seems fitting since our heroine is a Scottish lass. But there is still lots of polishing to...

Balmoral Castle

Thought I’d do a wee post about Balmoral Castle, the queen’s Scottish residence, especially for dear reading friend, Michelle, who has a special interest! Balmoral has a rich history and I highly recommend the movie, Mrs. Brown, and the book shown here....