Thursday, August 04, 2011

Further Adventures

Glencoe, on a misty, mysterious day, much in keeping with it's history.
A beautiful ride into th Highlands, along Loch Ness, ending up in Inverness. We are in Edinburgh now, museums and castles, cathedrals and:
edinburgh dovecot
Dovecot Tapestry studio! Housed in a former baths, would this be the most fabulous studio space? Lucky weavers! There are tapestries to see, an exhibit currently of Indonesian batiks, and a nice cafe for lunch.

The Royal Museum (up the road from Dovecot) allows photos:
edinburgh spindles
I'll have to look closely at my notes for spindle materials (stone?) and whether the shafts are reproductions. The mind, she is sometimes not at my command.

I loved this tea set:
edinburgh 136
Thistles! In silver :).

It was a rainy day in Edinburgh, which meant All The People were visiting the Museum at once. It's a perfect museum for families: lots of variation in the exhibits from animals, to science, cars, boats and planes plus an intriguing
Scottish history section, where I spent most of my time. I sat often and watched as families navigated their way, pointing things out to their children, teaching, passing on the culture, pushing strollers and trying to cling to one another. I listened to the cacophony of languages, happy to be able to step out of traffic, and knitted for a while under another glass-domed central hall. It's city life, a far cry from my usual days, and a great change of pace for country mice.

Life goes on at home, too, with little people learning lots of new things, like how to kiss Mama:
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Anonymous Alison said...

I have a replica of a Roman spindle that strongly resembles that centre one (you can see it here - the whorl on my reproduction is soapstone. Sadly, I have no documentation for it, so I can't say whether that's the same material as used in the original, or just a good approximation. Glad you're enjoying your trip!

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Anonymous Alison said...

Durr- of course, I meant Viking spindle, not Roman. My fingers are typing, but my brain is not yet caffeinated...r

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Blogger Marcy said...

Oh, what a wonderful trip! I wish I'd remembered to slip myself into your carryon bag, darn it!

Have you been sampling the lovely golden nectar as you move from region to region? Bringing home souvenirs?

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