Friday, September 24, 2010

Day One ...Linlithgow ...picture heavy ....sorry

I so admire the ladies who, on their blog, illustrate a visit to a beautiful garden or a wonderful Stately Home. This is why I thought I would have a go ...sharing the couple of days I spent 'chillin' after meeting my new grandson. I have to say that I am not a walker ... the thought of half a mile is plenty but when my son suggested a stroll along part of the Falkirk Canal ....a mile and a half stroll ...I shuddered but gave it a go. Having not smoked for over 2 years now ....and having now lost some of the excess weight that resulted from doing so ...I really coped quite well.
The ecoutics were such fun ....could not resist calling out to hear the echo. lol

This stroll gave me confidence to go exploring on the following two days.

Day 1
Linlithgow Palace ...the earliest surviving Scottish Royal Palace ... built between 1488 and 1513. James V was born there 1512 and Mary Queen of Scots also, in 1542.
A wonderful arch greets you as you stroll up to the palace ....the panels depicting the Orders of Knighthoods held by James V ...the painted embellishment to the carving was a later addition in 1845.

The Palace

The Loch below

St Micheal's Parish Church to the palace ...the grandest Parish Church in Scotland, it is said by many.It dates from the 12th century but after a fire, was reconstructed from 1425-1532. There have been many additions and alterations over the centuries that followed, with the new spire( seen in the earlier photo) being added in 1964.

As one walks back down to the Cross, one see the amazing Cross Well and Fountain ...carved by a one handed stone mason in 1807. The area know as The Cross is where the public hangings and other punishments, took place

When you reach the main road,the High Street stretches out to the right and the left of you. It is so full of history, like Annet House Museum whose deeds date back to 1610 and now, after so many changes of use since it stopped being a family home, houses 'The Linlithgow Story' ...a very interesting exhibition.
There is the original Oliphant Bakery and little gems like the amazing Purely Patchwork shop that, as you enter, the amazing kaleidoscope of colours suck you in and make you want to stroke everything that you behold ..... and entices you to give this craft a go.

Down a turning, further along the street, I found myself by the loch but this time on its edge. I took the opportunity for a slow wander many swans ...apparently swans have nested on the banks for hundreds of years.

and this chair ... once a mighty tree .... not sure whether this was actually created by nature or man.
Well I think if you have got this far you are a true friend but will be thankful that Day 2 will not be following immediately .... but will be the next post ... in a couple of days.

Take Care xx


Jocelyn said...

Oh Angie...what a wonderful trip I have had with you!!! The pics are just stunning...I have looked over them several times....They detail work on the Church is amazing and the beautiful!!

I so want to visit Scotland...I have wanted to for years...Joe and I have plans to visit....hoping soon!!! I want to see all of these lovelies!!!

Thanks for sharing with us and good for you on making the walk!!! It was sooooo worth it!!!

Love ya sweet friend...have a great day!!!

Julia Dunnit said...

F A B U L O U S photos Angie, what a fascinating place. And doesn't the canal look more like a river with lush green growth. What a lovely day.

Morning's Minion said...

Angie, you make a fine tour guide. I am looking forward to the next installment.
By the way--good for you in quitting the smoking habit--everything smells so much fresher and cleaner when a space is smoke-free.

Aren't the swans beautiful? Both swans and pelicans could be seen in several places in Wyoming and Idaho. They look very exotic in those settings. I wonder if these are somewhat tame due to tourists and walkers feeding them?

Arkansas Patti said...

I am so glad you took us on your walk. How facinating and lovely.
Interesting to see Mary's birth castle since I have read a lot about her.
I do hope you will offer more tours of a country I will never get to visit in person. This is almost as good and much cheaper.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Congrats, GRANDMA!! Number 3. Woo Hoo.

I was delighted to see the photos of the castle, the canal, and the swans. I enlarged each photo and felt like I was right there with you. It was as magical as visiting there in person.

I know you are busy, but just wanted to thank you for sharing these awesome photos of a place I'm sure I'll never be able to visit in my lifetime. Through your photos and commentary, I feel like I was right there with you and didn't even have to leave the comfort of my chair (grin).

Ann said...

Angie, you make a good tour guide and the photos are fantastic. I love ancient buildings and your history of the Palace and the Parish Church is very interesting. Just makes me wish I could visit Scotland.

Carmen said...

Gorgeous post Angie - have been very, VERY homesick for Scotland for a good while now and these pictures are exactly why :)