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Kentucky Journal

I actually arrived at Charleston airport in West Virginia toward the end of November 2003. I went through Washington Dullas airport and have to say proceeding through Dullas was very quick and easy and the airport officials were very helpful in directing you to the right places to go.  My connecting connection to Charleston was a wee turbo prop aircraft and again everyone was very helpful although the flight was certainly very turbulent.

Steve was waiting for me at the airport and we went for my first cigarette since leaving the UK which was most welcome after which I picked up my bags and we were heading for his home in Kentucky. As it was night by this time I didn't see much of the country but Steve made sure we stopped at the cigarette store for me to pick up a couple of cartons of Doral cigarettes at prices way below the prices in the UK :-)

When we arrived at the house Deb was there to welcome me and I got shown to my room where I would be staying for the duration of my stay.

The first few days were taken up by getting me settled down and we went out to purchase a wee desk and seat so I could get organised for publishing my stuff onto the web site. So I ended up getting a corner of the room right next to the kitchen... a very good position from my point of view :-)

Deb was getting organised for Thanksgiving and when it arrived we had Turkey with all the trimmings including pumkin pie.  It was truly excellent and I ate far too much. 

Steve and I were having many discussions on what we might do to take the Electric Scotland site forward and we made a number of decisions and ordered up some software as we planned to do some major site work during December to take our plans forward.

During this initial time Deb was telling me about some of the history of the area and I was struck by the similarities between this area and the Highlands of Scotland.  Deb's Great Grandfather had purchased the Mayfork Hollow (pronounced Hollar) and over the generations part of the land has been given to succeeding generations to build homes on.  This of course is what happened in the Highlands of Scotland.  I can well see in another two generations the land is going to get increasingly scarce so it may well be that history repeats itself in Kentucky.  Of course many Scots and Scots-Irish have settled in the area so in many ways the culture is similar although different.

My initial impression was that almost all homes are built of wood with almost no stone built homes which is a lot different from Scotland. I also noted that where in Scotland we tend to plant hedges and build fences around our properties that is very rare in Kentucky where the homes tend to have no boundary between homes.

I'll be exploring a lot more about the local culture in the weeks ahead and look forward to reporting on that.

At this time of year everyone is very busy getting organised for Christmas and here they really go to town on Christmas decorations. Almost all homes have lights strung around them and as I write Steve is in the process of getting his lights up on the outside of the house.  Deb goes way overboard on Christmas decorations for the house and loves every moment of it.  I've taken a couple of pictures of the Christmas Tree and the Christmas village for you to see...

The first picture shows the Christmas Village while in the second you can see the Christmas Tree with my wee desk and chair between it and the village.

So.. that's a wee initial introduction to my settling down in Kentucky :-)

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