She grew to love Scotland and we did too.
Don't you think I look like I belong there in the beautiful Scottish highlands?
Well, now I really do !
From now on just call me Lady Helen !
Yes, that's right, Lady Helen if you please!
On my behalf, for my birthday, my son and his partner purchased for me a plot of land in Scotland - a Highland Estate in Scotland !
The letter that came with the title deed says:
"You may also wish to know that by ancient tradition, the ownership of land in Scotland allows you to style yourself with the title of Laird or Lady !
I also now have a family crest...
and a tartan !!!
You're completely amazed aren't you?
Oh, did I tell you how large this plot of land I now own is?
The one that makes me Lady Helen ?
One square foot !!!!!!!!
This clever marketing strategy is a fantastic way of preserving and ensuring the future of a beautiful section of Scotland, reversing centuries of deforestation and encouraging the land to regenerate. The whole estate which is being preserved in this way, has been broken up and sold to people all over the world in one square foot sections.
Because of this it can never be developed or built on and with good management by groups like the Scottish Woodland Alliance, returned to something like its original state.
The land I now own is in the Lordship of Lorne, by Appin, flanked by Loch Linnhe to the west and Loch Levin to the north.
Not far from Fort William and beautiful Glencoe.
I have Ordinance Survey Reference Points so when I visit my land
with the aid of a GPS I will be able to exactly locate it.
( And one day I will. You know how we are drawn to our own land !!!)
How's that for an unusual birthday present?
PS. We'll have to have another photo taken wearing the correct tartan .