Glencorse Parish Country Church
This is a quiet Parish Church with a congregation of about 50 people. It's off the main road and set in a location in the fields. We were fortunate enough to be invited in to see the church and also invited to attend the service on Sunday. The people who were doing some maintenence on the church were very friendly and welcoming and let us go up into the gallery to take pictures.
The architecture is well worth seeing as there are very few red brick churches. The same architect did some work in Edinburgh.
Roslyn, The Davinci Code, and my friend Suet
"Roslyn in January 2009"
When you think of times to travel, January does not instantly pop into your thoughts for traveling to Scotland. However when you have in invitation to visit VT member Suet, it does not really matter what time of it year it is. You are guaranteed a warm welcome and a wonderful time. We visited with Sue at her home in Roslyn. Gillybob joined us a few days later. And then one night VT member Iaint came over to join us for dinner. Sue's Powdermill Cottage rocked with music and laughter while we were visiting.
Penicuik, the NON Tourist place.....
"Jolly Old Penicuik and Roslin"
This is my local town although I live in Roslin village. It's just that Roslin, (despite the da Vinci Code and Chapel) are not on either Google Earth or VT!! so this will have to do.
It's a small place with all the local things you need like a supermarket, hairdressers, post office, umpteen pubs etc etc and a pedestrian precinct. It's pretty quiet though, lots of shops have closed down presumably due to high rents, and it has three charity shops which have a high turnover of customers. Not a lot of money in this town. I'd dearly like to see a huge cash injection into the place so that more jobs are created and more shops opened up. The latest development is that they are pulling down the large house/inn in the middle of the square! Oh such excitement! nothing has happened like this since a horse bolted down the high street!!!!
The Original Rosslyn Inn. This was the one they all stopped at for a pint when they piled off the carriages from Edinburgh to visit the Chapel. The slight drawback of the delightful outside beer garden, is that when the wind whips down the high street in the autumn, it can literally blow your glass off the table. Happened to a friend of mine.
Roslin is even smaller than Penicuik, a library, Post office, barber, SMALL supermarket and a Doctors and two pubs. The nice thing is that you can see the hills from the high street which gives a sense of space and freedom. It also give a clue as to when the next monsoon is about to strike the Village.
From my Cottage, if you trot down the steep hill, you eventually come to the Powdermill which was a gunpowder factory. It's a pretty walk with lots of nice spots to photograph. This is the weir where they held back the water to eventually rush down the mill race and power the big water wheel. Molly Dog scares the beejesus out of me by walking along the very EDGE of it like a cat.
VT MEET Roslin September 2006
The VT GANG!!! thank you all so much for coming to make this a happy weekend! Thanks to Ricky52 who cooked and cooked until we were all stuffed, to Myfanwe (only her second meeting!!!) and Dila who helped me prepare and arrange things and make a stunning choccy Moose for Backpacker... (hur hur) to Stephanie and Gerry from bringing VT goodies. Welcome to Oxymoron (Mary) as her first VT meeting (did you survive dear) and to TravellingSpirit for her inspiration to do this meet in the first place!!
The group is assembling for lunch... finding places to sit etc etc....
"Ricky52 approaching to give the girls a treat!"
Note the heavy approach of Ricky... note the eager anticipation on the grils' face and the frantic camera preparation....
Note also the worried look on hubby's face as he wonders what VTer's get up to in a private house.......
"Now ye ken wha's up a man's kilt, lassies!"
Ricky again in all his splendour... there was a fair bit of squabbling amongst the girls as to who got the best view and an awful lot of giggling.... he just looks so PROUD, doesn't he???
"Sheila Checking Ricky hasn't lost anything...."
Sheila wanted to make sure that everything was A Okay after the VT girls' had had their playtime with her husband....
You can see Gerry in the background calming down hubby as they all check their cameras for the best shots.....
"Serttling back down again for a fag...."
We had to wave goodbye to a fair few members who had to catch planes, trains and buses. That halved the numbers a tad which meant all the more sangria for the rest of us!
Sad to see you go guys... what about next year?
"Rusket and Backpackermoose"
I made Choccy Moose especially to welcome Backpacker.... I also plan to make him a few extra pairs of pants as his fishing ones are a bit worn out. He looked very sweet in his tartan boots and hat with all his various keyrings and labels on him....
Never said a word tho.... funny that.
"Myfanwe and Sheila"
Poor poor Vicky... she came up for a holiday and I made her work so hard!!! no wonder she is tired! Ever the tea didn't revive her.
So, how was your second meeting? surviveable? perhaps next year?
Well, we'll see :)