Thursday August 7th ~ Edinburgh
We have had several rainy days since arriving in Scotland and it is starting to take a toll on me. I guess I really am more of a fair weather traveler than I realized. It is hard for me to get motivated and excited to get out the door to explore when the sky is gray and drizzly.
The locals say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” And they are so right. If nothing else, the weather is fluid here – in more ways than one!
Thankfully I don’t melt, my hair is short and straight, and I won’t rust.
Still I find myself glaring out the window, and when we do get a few nice rays of sunshine, we dart out the door to try to get our daily dose of Vitamin D.
Not satisfied with just seeing the “main” tourist attractions, including churches, museums and castles, I often keep my eyes open for something different or unusual to see.
At the bottom of the Royal Mile is the Parliament Building. Modern, angular with clean lines, it does not shout out “government building”. In fact it looks more like it should be a museum of modern art.
It is currently housing a special Scotland Tapestry Project display that was put together largely because of the efforts of author, Alexander McCall Smith who penned one of my favorite reads, “#1 Ladies Detective Agency”.
“A unique project to stitch the entire history of Scotland from pre-history to modern times”
Over 1000 stitchers from across Scotland have created 161 panels that depict the story of Scotland. It took over 60,000 hours and they used over 300 miles of yarn.
If you are interested in seeing all 161 panels, please click here.
We have also enjoyed simply walking the Royal Mile, popping into a few random shops, exploring our neighborhood, and watching the many swans, ducks and other water fowl on the pond just down the street. With the madhouse around the festival, it has been wonderful to have a quiet sanctuary to retreat to at the end of the day.
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for the many librarians and historians that painstakingly keep records of events, large and small that make up our story. Granted the story tellers version may be slanted, fabricated, biased or due to deception or lack of knowledge can even be totally inaccurate. Still the compiled information will give us some insight of our past and potentially help guide us into our future. I can only hope that we will learn something from our mistakes and will use this knowledge to create a better future for our children.