Mostly enjoying our holiday. Friday and Saturday were relatively quiet, if you discount shouting for (and sometimes at) the boys in green. Yet again they managed to lose against a higher placed team who played under par!
Sunday was very enjoyable. We worshipped at St. Mungo’s church in Balerno. Although they were down about 200 due to school holidays, there were still many more present than we will see in Hawick in our stay! The singing was varied and lively. Rev Malcolm Round talked on clouds – specifically at the Ascension of Jesus. I may blog on that one later.
After lunch at Pret-a-Manger, we visited two National Trust for Scotland properties – free of charge because we are National Trust Members. Gladstone’s Land is a furnished property on the Royal Mile built in the 15th Century and expanded and part-demolished over the next two hundred years by merchant Thomas Gladstone and his descendants.
It’s gloomy and cramped interior scaling six floors is in stark contrast to the Robert Adam designed house at 7 Charlotte Square. Where necessity drove all levels of society to live cheek by jowl in the medieval old town, Adam’s architecture was intended to show off the growing power of Edinburgh and the wealth of it’s citizens. Sadly there was more show than substance in the Lamont family who first bought the house – something often true today of relatively ordinary folk
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