Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wallace Monument near Stirling, Scotland

Although it has now been a few weeks since my daughter and I have returned from Scotland, the posting of these photos brings me right back to the day I was standing here.
The trip was more than a was meant to fill a space in my heart that connects to my ancestors. And, it did just that....
The next few photos are some of the details on the outside of the monument tower.
The Wallace shield embellished with the knotted rope. Atop the shield is the Scottish Thistle.
Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland
The monument, designed by architect J D Rochead, was built in the Scottish Baronial Style.
The knotted rope, again, around the windows...
If you click on the photo, you can see Stirling Castle, on a distant hill.
Here is the beginning of the winding steps that lead to the overlook. All I wanted to see was the first level where Wallace's sword is displayed. When I made the first turn on the narrow stone steps, I knew I could probably make it. It was the return trip down that worried me. One slip and my holiday would be over.
In the gift shop, I spied a tee-shirt that said... "I've climbed the 246 steps".
In the end, I photographed the shirt and tweaked it with my computer...
 now you know,
the rest of the story !!
Meggie Mac

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Fences...Top of Abbey Craig, Scotland

A barrier fence with a spectacular view of Stirling, Scotland.
Instead of walking, my daughter and I decided to take the tour bus to the summit.
The 220' sandstone tower was erected on  Abbey Craig, a volcanic crag above Cambuskenneth Abby. There will be more photos of the National William Wallace Monument with a week end post.
Meggie Mac
Today, I'm joining with Jan n' Jer's Friday Fences. Click HERE to view more Friday Fences.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Inspired Sunday...In Texas Country

Haw Creek Church is a mid 1800's renovated building that is used for weddings and other special events.
It's not often you see a blue door on a church.
Meggie Mac
I'm pleased to be joining with Inspired Sunday. Click HERE to see more churches.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Macpherson travels to Scone Palace

I've had these photos selected for about a week...but, no words came to mind. Has that ever happened to you when writing a post?

In the middle of Friday night, I woke up thinking about my recent visit to the beautiful castle.

The red leaves of the ivy covered walls, were simply stunning...

If you are interested in reading more about Scone Palace, click HERE. It is their official website with much to read. You can also get a glimpse of the interiors where cameras were not allowed to go.
Click HERE to see more of the interior photos. It is truly magnificent.
Here is what remains of the archway of the old City of Scone. It is very a powerful feeling knowing that you have walked where Scottish kings have walked Robert the Bruce in 1306.
Just beyond the gate is the Mercat Cross of Old Scone.
Historically a mercat cross is the Scots name for the market cross...
The following photos are just a few, showing the beautiful gardens. The scent of fir trees filled the reminded me of Christmas.
My daughter and traveling companion is in the background. Between our two cameras we took about
600 photos for the day.  


I hope it shows in the photos, what a wonderful day we had.....
Meggie Mac

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Fences and Greener Pastures

Add some rain to our cooler temperatures on the prairie....and the pasture becomes green again.
These tiny lavender flowers are dotting the countryside.
Meggie Mac
It's my pleasure to join with Jan 'n Jer's Friday Fences. Click HERE to see other blogs with Friday Fences.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Moot Hill.... Scone Palace, Scotland

 Beginning with Kenneth MacAlpin, in the 9th century, all of the Kings of Scotland were crowned on Moot Hill, seated upon the Stone of Scone. A replica of the stone can be seen in the left hand corner of this photo.
In 1996, the Stone was finally restored to the people of Scotland when it was moved to Edinburgh Castle. 
If you would like to read more about the Stone of Destiny, click HERE.
 Even with the removal of the stone by King Edward I in 1296, it continued to be the crowing place of the Kings of Scots.
The small Presbyterian chapel was restored around 1804.
There are four octagonal corner towers on the chapel.
Inside is a monument to Lord Stormont, kneeling on a cushion at an altar.
Two armored figures  flank each side of the altar.
Watch this week, for more posts on Scone Palace, near Perth, Scotland.
Meggie Mac
Linking with Inspired Sunday. Click HERE to see other churches.

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