I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published December 3rd 2014
Serendipity, what does it mean?
After researching the meaning of Serendipity in several places like:
Serendipity means a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise". It was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter he wrote to a friend Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had made by reference to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The princes, he told his correspondent, were "always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of".
The notion of serendipity is a common occurrence throughout the history of scientific innovation such as Alexander Fleming's accidental discovery of penicillin in 1928 and the invention of the microwave oven by Percy Spencer in 1945.
Good luck in finding valuable things unintentionally refers to the fairy tale characters who were always making discoveries through chance. You can thank serendipity if you find a pencil at an empty desk just at you walk into an exam and realize that you forgot yours.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary
The faculty of making a happy and unexpected discovery by accident.
The discovery of a small B & B in Scotland by my daughter Alissa was not by accident. She is extremely good at sussing out places to either stay or visit. This would be due to the fact that she and her now fiancé Andrew have been working and travelling overseas since Alissa turned 21.
We could have stayed there longer, but we had more exploring to do
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast is situated in the picturesque hamlet of Dalchreichart, Glenmoriston in the rugged North West Scottish Highlands. It is approximately halfway between the highland Capital of Inverness and the beautiful Isle of Skye. It is also about nine miles from the southern end of Loch Ness.
Not only is this the home of Martin and Ken, it is a spacious and comfortable bed and breakfast where they will cater for your every needs. It was so good to wake up to a view of un-interrupted views of the Glenmoriston Mountains and forest where we often caught a glimpse of a variety of birds and the odd red deer stags.
I took an early morning walk down to the River Moriston and spotted a few trout and salmon swimming in the shallows. It was a shame that I didn't have a rod with me, but I did have a camera to get a few shots.
We stayed there for two nights so that we could use the place as a based to travel around and see a bit of Scotland's west side. Places that we visited were the Isle of Skye, Plockton, Portree, Loch Garry, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness to see if we could catch a glimpse of Nesse and Fochabers, just to name a few.
While out we called into a few pubs to sample the local brew, chat with the local and take in the sights.
The only meals that we had while staying with Martin and Ken at Serendipity was their unbelievable breakfast. Now I don't normally eat porridge, but after tasting Leanne's I had to have some the next day. Both Andrew and I had the traditional Scottish breakfast that included black porridge and who could go past Martin's home grown and made jams and marmalades. They were so good that Alissa brought some to take back to London.
So, was it an unexpected discovery to find this B & B. Some say it was and some say it wasn't. What I do know that if it wasn't for Alissa we all may not have enjoyed the pleasant surprise or a fortunate happenstance of meeting Ken and Martin and having a splendid time while staying with them.
Thanks to Alissa we had the please of staying at the Serendipity B & B
So, if you do get a chance to get to Scotland and you call through Inverness and you are looking for somewhere to stay to either put your feet up for a while or use it as a based to do a bit of exploring give the boys a call.