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I love a good list and Just Frances readers seem to like knowing where the photos are, so here’s a list of all of the photo galleries in Just Frances. For photos prior to April 2009, please visit the RyanCentric Gallery.

Random Albums:

Run, Frances, Run (Last updated: March 8, 2015)

We Forgot the Tripod (Last updated: October 29, 2013)

Just Swirls (Last updated: June 8, 2013)


Choo-choo to Abbotsford (September 6, 2015)
Today was opening day for the new Borders Railway between Edinburgh and Tweedbank. And as I am a bit of a train buff who enjoys being “first” to try new things, it made sense that I should make the journey.

A very a-peel-ing day (September 5, 2015)
I enjoyed a fabulous day walking around the Linlithgow Peel with a friend (with a wee visit to the palace and parish church).

From Roslyn to Roslin to Rosslyn (August 2, 2015)
I spent an enjoyable day in Roslin with a friend visiting the Rosslyn Chapel.

Over the Pentlands (July 30, 2015)
I went to Balerno and Malleny Garden today, and I took my housemate along for the adventure. We then walked over the Pentland Hills to get back home.

Tasty tots (July 5, 2015)
A step-by-step photo guide of making yummy homemade tater-tots.

Friends and forces (June 28, 2015)
I went into town yesterday for Edinburgh’s Armed Forces Day parade and celebration. I had put the event in my calendar weeks ago, and intended to go alone [enter pathetic violin music here] but ended up spending much of my time with friends.

A religious day in Glasgow (May 17, 2015)
I went to Glasgow for a bit of museum-ing yesterday as part of my efforts to get out of the house a bit more. I didn’t have a real plan for my visit, but I expected that I would enjoy myself—and the day did not disappoint!

Carving out time (April 6, 2015)
I carved out time in my Easter weekend to travel to Stirling for lunch with friends today. Afterwards we went for a wee wander around the Back Walk at Stirling Castle and, to my pure joy and amusement, there were several new carvings along the walk to enjoy!

An Easter treasure hunt (April 5, 2015)
As the Easter Bunny didn’t leave me any eggs to find at home today, I had to arrange for a wee treasure hunt of my own. And I did it in the way of a geocache near where I live.

Close call (April 4, 2015)
I spent the day walking to-and-from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, following the various closes, wynds, and steps as I went along.

The Wardlaw Mausoleum (March 7, 2015)
After a quick nip out to Inverness this morning for parkrun, I walked up to the old Wardlaw Mausoleum in Kirkhill with some friends to find a geocache and to have a wee nosey around the burial ground and mausoleum.

Edinburgh's Wild West (March 5, 2015)
A wee adventure to the Wild West of Edinburgh, located only about five minutes from my office. It’s a wee alleyway all done up to look like a street from the days of America’s “Wild West”.

A dress-down skirt (January 11, 2015)
A step-by-step guide of turning an old dress into a new skirt.

Castles and hillforts (January 4, 2015)
I spent a couple of days visiting the Edinburgh Castle and hiking to the top of Castlelaw Hill.


A day at the Kelvingrove (October 5, 2014)
I spent yesterday in Glasgow visiting the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Perambulating in Perth (September 15, 2014)
I had a wonderfully fun weekend in Perth, where I did a lot of perambulating. (But you could probably guess that from the title of this post.)

London girl (August 20, 2014)
I’ve been away to London to attend the Great British Beer Festival—my 40th birthday present! But when it was learned that I’d never actually been to London, my friends made sure we planned for a bit of site-seeing, too.

Inch by inch (Inchcolm Abbey) (May 18, 2014)
spent a wonderful day on Inchcolm Island, exploring the abbey and surrounding grounds. It was one of those happy days, despite there being a slight tug on my emotional heart strings.

Where blooms the sweet bluebell (May 17, 2014)
A nice walk through Bilston Wood, not far from the Roslin Glen. The area is home to the Bilston Viaduct, Dryden Tower, and an amazing blanket of bluebells.

Retreating to nature (May 7, 2014)
I’ve spent the last couple of days in Killin as part of a PhD retreat, but managed to get some private retreat time, too. These are photos from my self-guided nature walk.

Retreat to the castle! (May 7, 2014)
I’ve spent the last couple of days in Killin as part of a PhD retreat, but managed to get some private retreat time, too. These are photos from my cycle-ride to an area castle.

Stopping for the (Mel)roses (April 27, 2014)
On my way to England yesterday, I made a stop at Melrose Abbey in the Scottish borders.

Appreciating St Giles' (March 29, 2014)
It’s been more than 12 years since I first stepped through the doors of St Giles’ Cathedral along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and I’ve probably been through the doors a dozen times since then. Admittedly, not much has changed since that first visit other than me.

But for freedom (March 23, 2014)
I had a wonderful day in Arbroath yesterday, and though I’m very tired after a long weekend of fun with friends, I thought I’d best share a quick post (and some photos) now before I completely forget!

A childish day at the museum (March 17, 2014)
One of my favourite things in the world is acting silly and childish, so when a friend from Stirling invited me to join her and her children for a day out in Edinburgh, I couldn’t resist! So we spent the day at the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile. (Yay!)

Castles in the glen (March 15, 2014)
I’ve had yet another lovely day wandering around the Roslin area near my home, passing by two castles, Wallace’s Cave, and a couple of other interesting sites.

Swords and smiles (March 2, 2014)
I’m back from a wonderful weekend in Wakefield (and Leeds) and despite feeling a bit knackered from a long train journey, my soul is feeling a bit rejuvenated. (It generally does after spending time with my family!)

Craigmillar castle; finally (February 16, 2014)
Craigmillar Castle has long been on my list of things to do “one day”, and I’ve finally managed to make it there.

Glencorse Reservoir: A quick walk (February 2, 2014)
The weather wasn’t as wet and rainy and snowy as predicted, so I took advantage of the relatively blue skies and took a wee walk along the Glencorse Reservoir in the Pentland Hills.

The way of the monks (January 2, 2014)
Another day, another ramble through the local environs. This time it was a 6k walk along the Monks’ Walk in the Pentland Hills near where I’m living on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Walking in the New Year (January 1, 2014)
A New Year’s day walk was through part of the Roslin Glen Country Park and the ruins of the old Roslin Gunpowder Mill.


The Christmas star (December 15, 2013)
I decided to get a bit crafty this Christmas, but wanted to attempt projects using only supplies I had on hand. So, I dug through the boxes of crafty bits a friend gave me a while back then I took to Pinterest to see if I could find some pinspiration.

Feeding time (November 9, 2013)
One of my favourite things about holidays abroad is the opportunity to enjoy new foods. Of course, since my latest holiday abroad was actually to my native land, it was less the enjoyment of new foods and more about the enjoyment of foods that I can’t (easily) find and enjoy whilst living in Scotland.

Franklin, my dear (November 8, 2013)
It’s been two weeks since I attempted to visit Franklin Falls, and I am pleased to say that I finally made it. Yay!

My Halloween interrobang (October 31, 2013)
When it was determined that I would be in America for Halloween this year, I began to think about what I would dress up as. In the end, I chose an interrobang. Because I am awesome like that!

A dam sweet day (October 29, 2013)
Another day, another road trip! This time it was the journey back from Okanogan County to the Homeland—with several stops along the way.

Almost all mines (October 28, 2013)
The last couple of days have been spent in Okanogan County visiting lots of awesome people. And lots of old mines. So, it’s been a pretty awesome couple of days.

Railroads and Ramona (October 25, 2013)
Today’s plan was easy: Wake up, drive to Franklin Falls for a gentle hike, then meet with my amazing friend, Ramona, for dinner. And I’m pleased to say that the day was a partial success!

We blew it (October 24, 2013)
Today was spent doing more touristy stuff with Mum and Dad. This time, over the Old and New Blewett Passes with a few stops along the way.

Roca and rattlesnakes (October 22, 2013)
Today was a bit of a hodgepodge day that consisted of shopping, tourist-ing, and panic attacks. But there were no rattlesnakes. Well, at least not ones I saw.

Falling words (September 26, 2013)
I went to Snoqualmie Falls on my way home from my Olympia/Portland journey and was amused when I noticed words embedded into the steps and sidewalk around the visitors’ centre.

Family, friends, and falls (September 26, 2013)
Wow! What a busy week I’ve had. And—would you believe it from the title?—it was filled with family, friends, and (water)falls.

Redneck? Yes. (September 15, 2013)
I spent yesterday truly remembering my childhood and the joys of growing up redneck. And it was great. Well, except for the literal red neck that I developed from the blazing hot sun!

Bullets, bikes, and BBQ (September 10, 2013)
Once again, it’s been a couple of busy days as I enjoy my lovely American holidays.

Old bikes and flowers (Ailie's Garden) (July 20, 2013)
A wee wander around Ailie’s Garden at the Stirling Smith Museum.

The only lake (Inchmahome Priory) (July 13, 2013)
Inchmaholme Priory sits on an island in the middle of the Lake of Menteith, about 15 miles from Stirling. It’s managed by Historic Scotland and you access it via a small ferry boat at the Port of Menteith.

The abbey next door (June 8, 2013)
I spent the glorious, sun-shiny day walking over the River Forth on my way to Cambuskenneth Abbey.

A Stirling adventure (January 19, 2013)
Today I decided to go out geocaching for the first time in four years. It was also the first time I’ve ever gone on a solo adventure and the first time I’ve ever done one in an urban environment.

Holey-sock monkey (January 13, 2013)
A step-by-step guide for making sock monkeys.

A day in Peebles (January 12, 2013)
Today’s walk was in and near Peebles, along the River Tweed. The weather was quite brisk, but the skies were mostly blue and the company was completely enjoyable.


Mommy and me UK tour 2012 (October 30, 2012)
Mum's 2012 visit to the UK. Another great time was had!

A wee highland tour (July 31, 2012)
To round out my week’s summer holiday, I took a wee trip to the Highlands to spend a couple of days with friends. It was really and truly a fantastic break!

Escaping to the hermitage (July 28, 2012)
I spent a lovely day in Perthshire visiting the Hermitage and Fish Ladder with my friend, John. Oh, and a couple of whisky distilleries, too! (Fun!)

Egg-teastic (April 7, 2012)
I’ve had an eggteastic day making Easter tea eggs. (Get it? Eggteastic. Like eggtastic only tea instead of ta. No? OK, moving on…)

A birthday in Crieff (February 21, 2012)
I took myself to Crieff, Scotland, to celebrate my 38th birthday. It was really all about the candy and food, if I’m honest!

Crumble-tastic (January 27, 2012)
Today I decided to make a raspberry crumble with a pack of frozen raspberries that have been taking up space in the freezer for three months. The results were crumble-tastic!


Christmas in Aberdour, Scotland (December 27, 2011)
I went to Aberdour, Scotland, to spend Christmas with my friend and her parents. And whilst I wasn’t with my own family, I was made to feel like family indeed!

Thanksgiving (November 27, 2011)
Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday, and the fact that I was able to share the holiday with friends, despite being 6,000 miles from home, made me extremely thankful this year. The bonus is that I think everyone enjoyed their first Thanksgiving!

Robin Hood's Bay walk (August 30, 2011)
I spent the day walking along an old rail bed in North Yorkshire and couldn’t help but take a load of photos so that Mom could see the old train tunnels and arches.

Playing make believe (July 18, 2011)
I met a make believe friend for the first time today in Seattle. Yay! What fun we had wandering around laughing and being silly!

Bloomsday 2011 (May 1, 2011)
Bloomsday 2011 was a blast. And my nephew, Haden, and I ran the entire thing! Check out a recap of the event and see our times!

Fannies and haggis (January 25, 2011)
The second annual “Freeze Your Fanny and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” was a success!


Finding Joy (December 31, 2010)
My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time.

Oh, Canada! (December 30, 2010)
A couple of days in Canada was just what I needed for some rest and relaxation! Great food, loads of laughter, and amazing friends. Bliss!

Blagenda weekend (November 7, 2010)
What do you do with you pumpkins after Halloween? Well, if you’re of Germans from Russia heritage, you make blagenda. Yay!

Papier-mâché pumpkins (October 24, 2010)
Halloween means pumpkins and pumpkins mean fun! My foster daughter and I managed to fill two weekends with fun by making papier-mâché pumpkins.

An a-MAZE-ing day (October 17, 2010)
Yay! I had an a-MAZE-ing day with the kid at the Corn Maze on the Palouse. (Get it? A-MAZE-ing. Hee hee…)

Gone fishin’ (September 4, 2010)
Yay! I had a lot of fun fishin’ over Labor Day Weekend! I think I’d almost forgot how much fun simple things could be.

Pickles! (August 22, 2010)
Yay! Pickle-making weekend has finally arrived. And just in time, as I was out of pickles.

Girls’ weekend (August 2, 2010)
At 36 years of age, I’ve finally attended my first girls’ weekend. And you know what? It was pretty fun! (Yay!)

Kid days of summer (July 24, 2010)
My niece and nephew came out for a week of WSU summer camps: Flik to an over-night camp for smarty-pants kids and Haden to a day camp for kids who like to play hard!

Dining at Steptoe (July 9, 2010)
I finally made it up to the top of Steptoe Butte. It made for an enjoyable evening and a great view for my picnic dinner.

A weekend at home (May 16, 2010)
Just a rather boring weekend at home.

Easter at Kamiak (April 4, 2010)
A Easter Sunday hike up Kamiak Butte.

Mommy & Me: UK tour (March 13, 2010)
Mom and I traveled to England and Scotland to visit some my family and friends for two weeks in winter 2010.

Partners in phun (February 8, 2010)
My nephew, Haden, came out to visit so that we could run the Partners in Pain 5K together. We had a fantastically fun weekend!

Fannying around (January 25, 2010)
The inaugural “Freeze Your Fanny, Scrabble Showdown, and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” at the Ryan house!


A solo UK holiday (December 10, 2009)
My first solo holiday post-widowhood, spent in England and Scotland visiting family and friends.

A childish visit (September 9, 2009)
Flik and Haden came to visit for a few days. I think they really came to meet and visit with the cat, Schrodie, and just tolerated hangin’ with Aunt Frannie.