Edinburgh & Dumfermline
Scottish National Museum, Edinburgh
|This neck chain is solid silver and weighs about 6 kg. It probably wasn't worn to the disco.|
|The quality of the jewelry was extraordinary. There were several of these brooch pins, some very large.|
|The "Queen Mary" harp. It's highly decorated and was probably painted. 28 strings, if I remember correctly.|
|The "Lamont" harp. 32 strings, I think. This one has been repaired and reinforced several times.|
|These two harps are actually quite small.|
|Lest we leave out the pipes - we didn't get up to where the bagpipes were but we did see carvings and paintings. This was on a large cabinet which was described as having "animated if not skilfully executed carvings".|
Dunfermline Abbey & Carnegie Park
Wednesday we hired a car and drove to Dunfermline to drop the European kit at George's and so we could get to the airport in Glasgow for our flight home on Thursday.
|This side entrance was protected for several centuries by a private tomb. You can see the level of detail in the decorative stone carving. This is how the front door would have looked.|
|Stairs to the old keep of Dunfermline (Hill of the Crooked Stream) This is where the king sat!|
Drinking the bluid-red wine
"O whar will I get a sailor guid,
To sail this schip of mine?"
Up and spak an eldern knicht,
Sat at the kings richt kne:
"Sir Patrick Spens is the best sailor
That sails upon the se."
Across the street from the Abbey grounds is a back entrance to the Pittencreiff Park. This was purchased by Andrew Carnegie and given to the city as a public park. The legend is that he wasn't allowed in the park as a child and so bought it for the children of Dunfermline. The park contains many walking paths, an aboretum, the original keep of Dumfermline and a very lonely peacock. There have been peacocks in the park for over 100 years but the population has dwindled rapidly in recent years as birds have been killed by dogs and hit by cars.
They are building a sanctuary for the birds to breed and raise their young in before they throw them to the dogs.
Here in Round Pond we have a few feathers that we picked up on a trip twelve or fourteen years ago. Travel was simpler then.