A trip into Edinburgh took my wife and me to the elegant suburb of Morningside, where people are said to have the poshest accents and the children are so refined that they play tig with gloves on. Doing a search for tig, I realise that this may be Scottish version of the children’s game tag. We parked opposite the Dominion Cinema which, as befitting its location in Morningside, has luxury leather seats and sofas into which you sink gracefully before watching the film. I then walked down to the Edinburgh Cooperative Bike Shop in a vain attempt to find a cure for cold feet on my bike. Then a walk across The Meadows, a large park near the university. As you enter The Meadows you can look up to the back of Edinburgh Castle ((see Photo 1) which dominates the skyline. This is always a nostalgic walk for me as I was a student at Edinburgh University for 4 years and many times did I walk across Jawbone Walk (see Photo 2). My destination was the national Museum of Scotland . This is a fascinating place to visit. It has a towering central hall (see Photo 3) and intriguing objects, such as the Columbia Printing Press (Scroll down to get information and see Photo 4) and the whale skull (see Photo 5). When you look at the whalebone from different angles, it takes on a different appearance e.g. from one angle, the teeth look like a series of barriers on a Lilliputian assault course.
On Sunday, an hour’s drive to the picturesque town of Peebles in the Scottish borders, as my wife was running in the Borders Cross Country event there. This difficult course takes runners alongside the River Tweed (Nice photos – see also Photo 5), across the impressive Niedpath Viaduct, back to the river and then a very steep climb, before a run through the forest (see Photo 6) to the finish. After the run, we went to the excellent Kailzie Gardens restaurant for lunch – a treat for the runner and the driver/photographer. After lunch, I got a nice reflection shot at the pond near the restaurant (see Photo 7).