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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)

Albums by year:
2019  |  2018  |  2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009


Culture weekends (22 September 2019)
The last three weekends were spent attending various cultural events. Fetes, public talks, art galleries, and even political rallies! 

My 2019 Homeland Holidays (15 August 2019)
I have been off on my Homeland Holidays the last couple of weeks, and am now home in Scotland settling back into my daily routine. And, as always, I am already looking forward to my next trip home! (As I’ve said before, having two “homes” is hard!)

Gunpowder in the glen (15 July 2019)
Yesterday I enjoyed a gentle 6(ish)-mile walk to and from the old gunpowder mills in the Roslin Glen. It was a great way to stretch my legs at the end of the weekend, and the weather was more than cooperative for the adventure.

The doctor is in: Frances Ryan, PhD (06 July 2019)
It has been a long time coming, but I am finally a doctor. Oh yes, I am now officially Dr Frances Ryan. The PhD kind of doctor, not the medical kind – just so that there is no doubt.

Lovely Ljubljana (22 June 2019)
I am back home from my trip to Slovenia and am longing for the lovely Ljubljana already! The weather was wonderful. The city was wonderful. The entire adventure was wonderful!

With love from Ljubljana (19 June 2019)
I am in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the moment for an academic conference, and I am falling in love! Why? Because much like my visit (and subsequent love affair) with Zadar, Croatia, a couple of years ago, I have found myself drawn to the countless graffiti hearts littered around the city.

The border of Berwick and grief (28 April 2019)
On my way home from visiting my late husband’s grave, I stopped off in Berwick-Upon-Tweed for some adventuring. I thought that it would be a good way to shake off the tears and to make a few happy memories for myself.

Fife in ruins (31 March 2019)
I enjoyed a lovely adventure day out to Fife walking along the Fife Coastal Path, past several old ruins.

A buried church (16 February 2019)
I enjoyed a quick mini-adventure to uncover treasures at a buried church today. Which probably sounds more mysterious an adventurous than the reality of the adventure!

Another Rosslyn day out (26 January 2019)
I visited the Rosslyn Chapel and Roslin Castle with a friend today. I never get tired of these magnificent old buildings!


A cross in the Pentlands (28 December 2018)
Tucked away in the Pentland Hills is a memorial to the Tytler family of Woodhouselee. It is so very near to my cottage, yet I have only just now learned of its existence. And so, today’s adventure was a short walk to visit the site.

Climbing Castlelaw (26 December 2018)
For my Boxing Day adventure, I decided to revisit one of my favourite “quick” walks: Castlelaw Hill, in the Pentland Hills by way of the Castlelaw hill fort and souterrain.

Rambling through Rullion Green (24 December 2018)
A Christmas Eve ramble through the Pentland Hills to visit the Covenanters memorial at Rullion Green.

All holidays must come to an end (19 June 2018)
My Homeland Holiday has come to an end. This is a recap post with photos that didn’t get galleries of their own, as well as a wee taster from the rest of my holiday.

The spirit of wild horses (14 June 2018)
My Homeland adventure today was a climb up the Wild Horses Monument with my Daddy. I absolutely love this spot!

Best friends, forever! (13 June 2018)
I had a nice (though short) visit with my best friend in Portland. Walking around a lake and just sitting, talking, laughing... it was heaven!

A mid-holiday holiday (11 June 2018)
I enjoyed a few days exploring around the Puget Sound as a mid-holiday break during my Homeland Holidays.

Climbing Manastash (6 June 2018)
I spent the morning climbing Manastash Ridge with my Daddy and my Goddaughter. What a great reminder of how beautiful The Homeland is!

Exploring Penicuik with Murphy (29 May 2018)
I spent the last few days in Penicuik dog sitting Murphy and exploring the local sites. These are photos from our adventures.

A sunny climb up Arthur’s Seat (21 April 2018)
Another climb to the top of Arthur's Seat. This time, I took a shorter route on the south side of the hill.

Crossing the causeway at Cramond (24 March 2018)
Today was an adventure day out to the village of Cramond and a walk across the causeway to Cramond Island.

Walking around Caerketton (26 February 2018)
Yesterday was spent walking around Caerketton Hill in the Pentlands. The views from the top were amazing!

A wee pilgrimage to St Anthony’s Chapel (24 February 2018)
Today was another climb up Arthur’s Seat, as part of my goal to climb the hill at least once a month for the whole of 2018. It was also my first solo climb to the top and my first time exploring the ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel.

The travelling girls (12 January 2018)
My nieces spent two and a half weeks in Scotland with me for their first-ever international adventure. These are just some of the photos from the amazing adventures we shared!


DC in a nutshell (7 November 2017)
I had a fun-filled (though academic-centric) week away to Washington, DC. This is that trip, in a nutshell.

Exploring the past: Greenwood Cemetery (29 September 2017)
After exploring an abandoned cemetery in my Homeland this summer, I decided to try to pull together some of the history related to the grouds. I hope to add more information as time goes on.

Caching up with Parker and Haden (26 August 2017)
Holidays home mean time with the nieces and nephews. This time, it meant two separate geocaching adventures with two of my nephews!

Caching up on the Old Highway (24 August 2017)
I spent a couple of hours geocaching along Highway 10 with my good friend, Suzie. A great way to cache up whilst bagging caches!

Casting shadows as the sun disappears (21 August 2017)
When there's a total eclipse of the sun, you have to stop everything else to stare in wonderment (but with proper eye protection).

A Sunday hike to Pete Lake (13 August 2017)
I took a Sunday hike into Pete Lake today. The views were breath-taking and the company was top-notch!

Back to Blackness (22 July 2017)
I enjoyed a mini-adventure out to Blackness Castle with my friend and her children. As always, it was a great adventure!

Falkirk for a fortnight (20 July 2017)
Two weeks in Falkirk where I was house sitting (whilst taking orders from the resident cat, Phoebe) and doing a bit of sightseeing.

A fairly fun weekend (24 April 2017)
I managed two adventures in one weekend: A day at the fun fair and another day in the Borders!

Caching around Rosshall Park (8 April 2017)
I took a break from PhDing to wander around Glasgow's Rosshall Park, gathering a set of geocaches.

The law of adventure (1 April 2017)
Today's adventure took me to North Berwick to walk up The Law.

Bridges and sunshine (25 March 2017)
An adventure day out walking across the Forth Road Bridge. Beautiful views and beautiful sunshine!

Bordering on 43 (20 February 2017)
I spent my birthday weekend with a wee trip to Kelso in the Scottish Borders.

A visit to Crookston Castle (11 February 2017)
I’ve been away in Glasgow house and cat sitting for the past week. And as the ruined Crookston Castle is only a mile away, I decided it was high time I made a trip to see it.

A Dunfermline day (24 January 2017)
A lovely wee day trip across the firth to see the Dunfermline Abbey.


Banishing the gloom at Castle Campbell (8 October 2016)
I spent the day walking to and exploring Castle Campbell in the hills above Dollar. Fabulous!

Weir walking (7 October 2016)
Whilst housesitting at Serenity Lodge, I'm working on my ankle rehabilitation by walking to the nearby weir and back.

Zadar: Everyday life for an everyday girl (30 September 2016)
A selection of photos depicting random, everyday life in Zadar

Zadar: A Catholic girl's paradise (30 September 2016)
A selection of religious buildings and art from my visit to Zadar

With love from Zadar (24 September 2016)
I love Zadar! I really do. I especially love all of the graffiti hearts that care scattered around the city!

A Dunblane day (16 July 2016)
I met up with a friend in Dunblane for lunch and a visit to the cathedral. What a great day out!

A Kelpie day (25 June 2016)
I enjoyed a lovely day visiting The Kelpies with my friend and her wee daughter.

Darting around Devon (5 June 2016)
After attending a conference nearby, I I did a bit of sightseeing along the River Dart in Devon.

Digitally medieval (3 June 2016)
I’ve spent the last two days at a conference about digital research, talking about social media and social networking use, in a medieval manor house.

West coast weekend (30 May 2016)
I headed west to enjoy a weekend on the coast visiting islands and caching lobsters with a friend.

Bonjour, Bordeaux! (16 May 2016)
I had an amazing mini-holiday to France with my dear friend, Mila. I hope I can return soon!

Conquering the law (21 February 2016)
I spent my birthday climbing the North Berwick Law.

Tantallon to end (20 February 2016)
I spent the day exploring Tantallon Castle and walking along the beach. Bliss!

Caching Oban (14 February 2016)
A wee visit to Oban for some geocaching fun!

Filters, finds, and falls (3 January 2016)
A nice wee wander up to the filter beds near Glencorse Reservoir to find a geocache near a waterfall.


Combing the Ayrshire coast (December 30, 2015)
Three days of beachcombing in Ayrshire with a friend. We managed to find all sorts of cool things!

A Wales of a day (November 9, 2015)
A quick trip to Wales with my brother-in-law, John, for a day of adventuring.

St Giles’ from above (October 23, 2015)
I decided to finally take advantage of the guided rooftop tours at St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile.

A haunted tower? (October 18, 2015)
A visit to Huntingtower Castle near Perth.

A day at Dirleton Castle (October 4, 2015)
A fun day exploring Dirleton Castle with a friend.

Choo-choo to Abbotsford (September 6, 2015)
Today was opening day for the new Borders Railway between Edinburgh and Tweedbank, so I had to play on the trains!

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, walking over the Pentland Hills to get 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.

A religious day in Glasgow (May 17, 2015)
I went to Glasgow for a bit of museum-ing.

Carving out time (April 6, 2015)
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.

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)
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.

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.

London girl (August 20, 2014)
I’ve been away to London to attend the Great British Beer Festival!

Inch by inch (Inchcolm Abbey) (May 18, 2014)
Spent a wonderful day on Inchcolm Island, exploring the abbey and surrounding grounds.

Where blooms the sweet bluebell (May 17, 2014)
A nice walk through Bilston Wood, not far from the Roslin Glen.

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)
A nice, relaxing visit to St Giles’ Cathedral along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

But for freedom (March 23, 2014)
I had a wonderful day in Arbroath yesterday after a long weekend of fun with friends

A childish day at the museum (March 17, 2014)
I spent the day with friends 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.

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)
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)
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.