Thursday, August 16, 2012

Our trip to Scotland

Bill and I made it to Scotland.  Together.  Finally!  It was a much needed get away for both of us. 

We went to visit our dear friends Alison and Rod, who live outside of Edinburgh in a small steading.  A steading is the service buildings on a farm.  Many of these steadings have been converted into homes.  Rod's and Alison's home is gorgeous; solid stone walls of at least 3 feet deep.  A few steps out of their house and you are in beautiful farm country.

We enjoyed many walks through the countryside.  On our first day, we walked from the steading to a small village called Garvald.  On the way, we saw this beautifully restored tower from the 14th century. 

I'm not sure this is readable but it is so interesting!

This was the "potty" for the tower residents.   There are holes that they would sit on and everything would fall through....forget the bows and arrows!  I can't think of a better way to keep people away! 

We were absolutely enthralled with the intricate stonework that was everywhere.  There are stone walls to keep in livestock that are just so amazingly constructed...

The path crossed a little stream that meandered about.

Some of us didn't want to use the bridge...

Garvald is a lovely village in the middle of East Lothian.  There isn't much around it except for large tracts of farmland...

Most of the structures are very old.  You can see by the stonework that this building has been changed.  You can see the windows that have been filled in.

We went to The Garvald Inn, a lovely pub that let's you bring your dogs in and has absolutely fantastic food and atmosphere.

Bill and Rod enjoying the back patio of the pub.

More later....stayed tuned...

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