Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Funerary Art

I have no idea why I have such a fascination for funerary art but when I am on vacation, one of my must stops is to a cemetary! I have been to cemetaries in Austin Texas, Lewes Delaware, Boston, Philadelphia and throughout Ireland, England and Scotland.
This is Melrose Abbey located south of Edinburgh, Scotland. Robert the Bruce's heart is supposedly buried here.

These stones are located behind a Templar Church.

My favorite cemetary to visit was in Edinburgh. Greyfriars Kirkyard is the most haunted place in Edinburgh but I did not get to witness that first hand - maybe the drizzle kept the spirits inside!

How would like to have these monuments built right up against your house?!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The last of Scotland :(

So much for updating my blog on a timely basis! Betty is really into knitting and aquired quite a lot of hand spun yarn. This is Shilasdair, the Skye Yarn Company on the Isle of Skye - what a remote but beautiful setting! We drove there via this one lane road where it widened periodically so you could pull over to let the oncoming car through.

We continued on to Dunvegan Castle to see the Fairy Flag and the lovely gardens. Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and the Fairy Flag is rumoured to protect the Clan MacLeod in times of war. Clansmen who had a photo of the flag in their wallets in both world wars all came home safely. The exterior of the castle was under extensive renovation so my photos did not do it justice but I did great shots of the gardens!

We stopped at Talisker's to taste some whiskey.....too nasty for me. On our way out, we had to stop in the middle of the road because there was a bunch of sheep crossing the road. Betty got out to help herd them by not letting them go up the road. What fun!

We tried to take the ferry across to the mainland but we didn't have reservations (didn't know we needed them!) so we had to backtrack and therefore we missed seeing the west coast of Scotland. We drove past beautiful lochs though that we would have missed so it all worked out. This is Loch Garry, then we stopped again while driving through Glen Coe. Actually, we could have stopped every 10 minutes since there were so many photo opportunities!

We continued on through the Rannoch Moor, past Loch Lomand and ended up in Helensburgh for our last 2 nights. We stopped at Hill House designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh who is all about Arts and Crafts style of art, architecture and furniture. We flew out of Glasgow and eventually made our way home. There is still quite a bit of the country I haven't seen so some day I would like to go back!