Happy Valentine's Day!

For Valentine's Day, I want to share some of my favorite romantic sentiments and love quotes. Also below I'm posting some of the most romantic images of Scotland. Please let me know which is your favorite.



Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it rekindles the great.
-- Comte DeBussy-Rabutin

Sunset over Broadford Bay, Isle of Skye


That love is all there is is all we know of love.
-- Emily Dickinson
Rose in the gardens at Crathes Castle.
 "Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense."
- Mark Overby
Flowers in the park at Broadford Bay
 Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.
-- Chinmoy
Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most romantic views in Scotland.
 "Love comforteth like sunshine after rain."
- William Shakespeare

Flowers in the gardens of Dunvegan Castle.
 Thou art to me a delicious torment.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A lovely tree in the gardens at Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye.
 To laugh often and love much... to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self... this is to have succeeded.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Honeysuckle and a beautiful view of the sea at Armadale Castle.
 Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends.
- Anonymous
Bench in the gardens at Crathes Castle.
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
Judy Garland

Ceannabeinne Beach, near Durness
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. 
--Lao Tzu

I hope you're having a wonderful Valentine's Day and spending it with someone you love!
Vonda


23 comments:

Carly Carson said...

Sunset over Broadford Bay. Though there are a lot of close seconds!

Alexa said...

The view of the sea from Armadale, but like Carly said there are many close seconds!

Linda Andrews said...

Eilean Donan Castle is absolutely beautiful! But I'd enjoy any of them. Happy Valentine's Day.

Denise Pattison said...

Sunset over Broadford Bay but all of them are beautiful so it was hard to pick just one.

Wonderful quotes too.

Cora Blu said...

I'm partial to blue, so Isle of Skye at sunset. If my garden could see I passed on the flowers, my roses would attack me. LOL

They're all gorgeous!
Cora blu

Roxy Boroughs said...

Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing them.

Cate Parke said...

I loved the view of the sea from Armadale with the honeysuckle in the foreground. So touching and beautiful. Imagine being a young woman who found herself mistress there. Your photography is magnificent, Vonda. And congratulations, once more, on My Fierce Highlander! I'm so happy for you.
~Donna

Clover Autrey said...

You're so lucky to be around such beauty, Vonda. Thanks for sharing.

Anna Markland said...

Armadale I think.Hard to choose.
BTW, I love your template. It's the same one I used when I had a Wordpress blog. Wish those days were back again.
Happy Valentines.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Carly, I love that one too. My husband and I had a wonderful romantic stroll around Broadford that day.

Alexa, thanks! I couldn't believe how picturesque Armadale was. Lots of flowers, and part of the ruin was just gorgeous. Plus the views and the walk through the woodland garden.

Linda, Eilean Donan is definitely a favorite of mine too.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Denise, thanks! I really loved the way the purples and blues showed up in that sunset.

LOL Cora, thanks! I know what you mean. Though it's hard to beat flowers for beauty, a lot of times Scotland's picturesque landscapes win.

Roxy, thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Vonda Sinclair said...

Cate, thanks! Armadale was an amazing place with lots of beautiful gardens. I can't wait to share more pictures from there. I also like to imagine what it would've been like to live in certain places long ago.
Thanks about My Fierce Highlander also. I'm glad to have it in print now too.

Clover, thanks! I always feel lucky, blessed, and excited to get to visit Scotland.

Anna, I'm glad you like the Armadale pic and also our template. Thanks!

Carol said...

Sunset over Broadford Bay. All the photos are gorgeous. It was hard to choose!

Alexa said...

Vonda, when I was at Armadale years ago it rained. BUT it was still beautiful. Just a bit cold. :)

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Wonderful, wonderful, Vonda. You know Eilean Donan will always be my favorite photo. This is my favorite quote: To laugh often and love much... to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self... this is to have succeeded.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks for a lovely post, my friend.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Carol, thanks so much! I'm glad you like that one.

Alexa, that sounds about right. LOL When we were there, it was very cloudy but it didn't rain, amazingly. It started after we left.

Paisley, thanks! I knew you would like that photo! It is a favorite of mine. I like taking photos of the castle at different times, in different lights, with the tide in or out. The moods can change so dramatically. I'm glad you like that quote also.

Ella Quinn said...

You're not serious when you say pick one. They were all wonderful.

Maeve said...

They're all gorgeous but the one of tree on the Isle of Skye just seems to call my name. Happy Valentine's Day! :-)

Julie Robinson said...

sigh . . .
That was beautiful . . .
as my DH comes in from work with take-out Chinese food.

Favorite pic(s) was the Eileen Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye.

Really liked Johnny Depp's quote and the quote about love is like a wild, brambling rose that causes you to bleed in its defense.

Natasha Moore said...

Great post. Hard to pick a favorite, but I have a soft spot for beaches :) Happy Valentine's Day.

Ally Broadfield said...

Since I can only pick one...Armadale Castle. But they're all gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Ella, thanks so much! I'm so glad you like them all!

Maeve, thanks! I am very drawn to mossy trees and mossy rocks. I just LOVE the rich, velvety, bright green look of them.

Thanks, Julie! I'm glad you liked those pics and quotes! I'm a big fan of both meaningful quotes and beautiful photos.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Natasha, thanks! I love that beach! It was great fun to explore it with my DH. Happy Valentine's Day!

Ally, thanks! Armadale had lots of lovely flowers and woodland paths. Also it's position on the coast is gorgeous.