The Weekly Snapshot | Blessed Thistle

by Brian on August 5, 2011 · 7 comments

Thistle flower being pollinated

Pollination on a thistle flower

The thistle is a celebrated plant in the United Kingdom. My favorite use for the official floral emblem of Scotland is as a bittering agent in beer. While in Aviemore, Scotland I tried Blessed Thistle, a local bitter ale from Cairngorm Brewery Company made with thistles.


About the author: Brian

Brian is one of the two backpacks traversing the globe with his lovely wife and better half, Kaitlin. He enjoys all things relating to delicious food, good beer, and the great outdoors. When he isn't out taking photographs and adventuring himself, he enjoys writing about travel and backpacking gear, his favorite foods from around the world, and lessons he has learned throughout his adventures.

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Bradley Butler August 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Strange looking bees!

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Brian August 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

They prefer to be called “different looking”. They were smaller and a slightly less vibrant color than most bees I’m used to.

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Lyn Butler August 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Hi guys……we wish we could have met up with you when we arrived in Ireland..that would have been great!!!! We had a WONDERFUL trip and just LOVE the country…….hope you get to see the Emerald Isle!! May God bless you both on your journey and know that you have an ice cream pie awaiting you when you are around Manchester, NY!!!!! xoxo Lyn

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Brian August 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

We’re so glad to hear your trip was wonderful! We had a great time in Scotland and England. We’re heading to Wales this weekend, but decided to wait to see Ireland when we have more time to explore. We look forward to that ice cream pie!

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Jean August 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Thinking about the two of you as you go off to London. Trista loved London but I will be curious to see the London you see now! A safe one and one you can totally enjoy, I hope!

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Brian August 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Thankfully we had the chance to explore London when we were here about a month ago. We just got back to London today from Manchester where riots had spread to last night. London is beautiful, one of my favorite cities that we have visited. I especially enjoy spending time just walking around and seeing the mixture of old and new architecture.

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