On Thursday we stayed close to home and just did a little shopping in the nearby town of Helensburgh, since we were a little tired from our journey to Iona and back. I thought this would be a great time to tell you about where I am staying and to publicly thank Joe and Diane Brown for the hospitality in allowing me the use of their vacation home in Scotland. I am here with my friend Matthew. Joe and Diane are his Stepfather and his mother. The home is called The Ferry Inn. It was built in 1896 by the 4th daughter of Queen Victoria, HRH Princess Louise. Princess Louise was married to the Marquis of Lorne, the Duke of Argile who later became Chief of Clan Campbell. The architect of the home, Sir Edwin Lutyens, is one of Scotland's most famous architects. The home sits on the water where the firth of Clyde meets Loch Gare on the Rosneath Peninsula. The photo on the left is the view of the house from the beach. The house has three levels. The photo on right (below) shows Mathew relaxing on the balcony over looking the water. We have enjoyed sitting on the balcony and discussing the days events and planning the next day.
The photo on the right is just part of the view from the balcony where he is sitting. Helensburgh, where we shopped today, is the town across the loch.
Welcome to JohnMichaels Pub's Blog
Welcome. I moved to Nashville in 2001, and have be blessed to make some wonderful friends. After moving from a house in Florida, to an apartment in Nashville, I missed being able to entertain groups of friends simply due to lack of space. When I finally decided to make Nashville my home and buy a house here, I wanted a space that friends to gather and socialize in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The basement in my new house, which opens into the back yard made the perfect space, so JohnMichael's Pub was born. I have made a couple of trips to Ireland since moving to Nashville and loved the atmosphere of the pubs there. So I made my pub to resemble an Irish style pub to give the atmosphere of a local community pubs in Ireland, but of course it is not a true "Pub" (Public house) since it private place for my friends to gather. I plan to use this blog to post thoughts, ideas, recipes and a variety of other things related to my pub and the parties held there. If you see anything here that interests you, feel free to email me. I have a great group of friends that is very diverse, but I am always open to making new friends.