A Modern Sassenach in Old Scotland

The history, beauty and majesty of Scotland has always called to me. It’s the only country I’ve now visited three times in my life. My most recent quest came on the heels of the Outlander Season 1 Part 1 finale – the Starz original show based on the novel by Diana Gabaldon. I am not embarrassed to admit I ventured halfway across the globe to walk in Claire’s and Jamie’s footsteps. And I’m happy to report – I had a blast!

However, I wasn’t alone on this adventure. My good friend Mandy Tidwell and I visited as many locations as we possibly could in the short time we had. We even squeezed in a few non-Outlander related historical sites which were no less fascinating.

As October 20th is Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser’s 96th birthday, I can think of no better way than to celebrate by walking in her footsteps. The following are some of my favorite moments of the trip, standing where she, and sometimes Jamie, stood in several of the episodes.

I’m sure you all remember this location . . . Claire emerges from the hospital covered in blood to the joyous celebration of VE-Day. Unfortunately, I did not have a bottle of champagne to commemorate the occasion.

Main entrance to field hospital. Claire exits from the right.

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OUTLANDER Season 1 Part 1 Top 30 Highlights

With the Outlander mid-season slump upon us, I thought I’d take the time to slow down and look back over the highlights and surprises of the first 8 episodes. This is by no means a substitute for the postmortem I’m planning. But that requires much more time to collect my thoughts, and perhaps the thoughts of others, to compose a thorough and hopefully entertaining examination.

Executive Producer Ron Moore‘s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon‘s epic novel has certainly taken us on a roller coaster ride. Even knowing, for the most part, what happens in the story has not dissipated the suspenseful, dramatic or exciting experience of watching characters we love come to life. Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary LewisLotte Verbeek, Duncan Lacroix and the rest of the cast have brought a flesh and bone depth to their characters surpassing all expectations. The second half of the season promises to deliver even more 0-calorie deliciousness.

Keeping with form, I’ve composed a list of Outlander’s Season 1 Part 1 Top 30 Highlights. Each highlight of the show easily deserves its own in-depth spotlight, but I’ve attempted to cover everything with a respectable amount of brevity. I’m sure you all have your own favorites, but I hope you have fun perusing through my personal selections. As usual, this list is not without SPOILERS. Continue reading

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Episode 108 – Both Sides Now – The Gàidhlig Bits


And here’s Mandy’s final Gàidhlig bits deciphered until April, but I’m sure she’ll have some interesting bits to share with us from Scotland!

Originally posted on Great Scot!:

Wow. This was a humdinger of an episode! (I use humdinger here for Àdhamh, who does love our Southern colloquialisms.) Too bad we have to wait SIX MONTHS to find out what happens next.  We really must think of some ways to pass the time.  I already have a post in the works on the aforementioned Southern colloquialisms, but I will do my best to also come up with some ways to make sure we don’t lose the Gàidhlig we have picked up over the last 8 episodes.

Speaking of picked up Gàidhlig, how many of you were able to understand most, if not all, of the Gàidhlig this week? Pat yourselves on the back!

7:25 Jamie to Hugh Munro

Madainn mhath - Good morning

Slàinte – health/cheers!

a charaid - friend

18:55 Fight with the Grants

Dougal says something at the end of the fight, but I can’t decipher it.

Angus:  TulachArd

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Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode #108: BOTH SIDES NOW

The Outlander mid-season finale Episode #108: BOTH SIDES NOW showcases quite a bit of Frank Randall’s character. While it’s fun exploring his dark side in the show, I’m sticking with Jamie’s top looks this week. If you are a friend of Frank, I suggest you check out my review which has plenty of pictures of good guy gone bad then good again.

Last week’s steamy episode, THE WEDDING, focused on Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in the honeymoon suite and church. We were awarded several perfectly framed shots of both of them.

This week, I was challenged by the night-time shoots and awkward camera angles in a few scenes. But I managed to find some gems to share with you all. I hope you enjoy Jamie’s Top 30 Looks for Episode #108: BOTH SIDES NOW

#30: Jamie’s Promise Me Face – Jamie wants the producers to promise him an excuse to spank Claire because he dinna have one yet.


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A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode #108: BOTH SIDES NOW

For more goodies on this episode, check out Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode #108: BOTH SIDES NOW

The Outlander mid-season finale, Ep108: BOTH SIDES NOW, brings Claire’s past-future and future-past together in a parallel story with a beautiful crossing point between the two worlds. As usual, SPOILERS are rife in this recapped review.

This episode is directed by Anna Foerster who did a wonderful job here and on Ep107: THE WEDDING. Ron D. Moore penned the dual timeline story, most likely assigning himself the task because he envisioned the cliffhanger for this episode– and the finale – long ago.



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Ask Mr & Mrs Fraser

Outlander Season 1 wrapped principal photography this week. The cast and crew are all heading off in separate directions for a well-deserved break in some cases or to sneak in more work before pre-production on Season 2  starts ramping up in January 2015.

I’d like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the production team, cast and crew for exceeding my – and I’m sure your – expectations. I will await patiently and eagerly for the second half of the season to premiere on April 4th of 2015.


As a wonderful send-off, Outlander Starz decided to make our last #AskOutlander of 2014 (most likely) a mega-double-feature: the adorable on-screen couple, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, both jumped onto twitter at the same time to answer our questions.

Ladies first. Because it was too much work to go through the thousands of #AskOutlander tweets, I snagged all of Mrs. Fraser’s tweets first. Mr. Fraser’s follow. And as an added treat, I’ve added a little bonus content at the end of the tweets. I hope you enjoy Our Lovely Claire’s Top 35 Looks from Ep101–Ep107.

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Episode 107 – The Wedding – The Gàidhlig bits I Could Decipher


Mandy did her diligent duty this week, picking out bits of Gàidhlig for us. She had to watch and listen to certain scenes several times, but she’s a dedicated decipherer so didn’t mind. Check out her blog to find out what the groom said during Ep107: THE WEDDING.

Originally posted on Great Scot!:

Well, isn’t it nice to be back to an episode with some Gàidhlig? Oh, and that little other matter of a certain couple getting married. ;-)

While there wasn’t a great deal of Gàidhlig dialogue this week, we did get some great new words as well as repeats of some old favorites. Dare I hope that some of you are starting to recognize and understand some of the more common words and phrases?

21:01 Jamie to the tavern wench when she gives him food

Taing dhut – Thanks

23:03 Jamie to Claire (We’ve all been waiting for this one!)

Mo nigheandonn – My brown-haired lass

34:39 Jame to Claire when she admits to drinking the day of the wedding

Slàinte – health, cheers

39:38 Jamie and Claire’s Blood Vow at the wedding

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