Friends arrived from New Zealand last weekend. It was good to see them after nine months living in Scotland. They were doing a tour around Europe visiting friends and family and we were first on the list for ‘the cat’ and ‘Gnome’.
Whilst much drinking and merriment was had I tried to think of something for them to do that allow out livers to recover and finally decided on taking them to Rosslyn Chapel. I have wanted to visit Rosslyn for many years after reading about it and the number of ‘Green men’ it contained but had been put off to date because of the De Vinci Code tourists.
In typical Scottish weather we paid our fee and joined the others to examine the ornate Gothic interior, with its ‘Apprentice Pillar’ and gargoyles in abundance. The Templar history is a little over done, though the possible last resting place of the chalice is (quite rightly) barely hinted at. And the Green men are fabulous.
The rest of the weekend was spent in bars (five), restaurants (three) and the Royal Botanic Gardens.