Wednesday, 24th May, 2023

I woke this morning at 6:00am when Satoshi's alarm went off. Annoyingly, I couldn't get back to sleep. This was because the window in our room didn't open and I felt like I couldn't breathe properly. Yes, I know that's silly but I couldn't help it. Breakfast was provided by our accommodation (as part of the tariff) so we had a pleasant meal in the dining room. Next on the list was a visit to Jedburgh Abbey which was literally a one minute walk from our accommodation. Unfortunately, the main part of this abbey is fenced off so we couldn't walk around the site properly or enter the church. Once again, we have done what we could to eliminate the fencing from our photos.

Jedburgh Abbey was founded in the 12th century and remained a community of Augustinian canons for the next 400 years. The abbey church is among the most complete in the country.

The habit of an Augustinian canon

Looking at the south side of the church

The remains of the domestic buildings of the abbey were not excavated until 1936 and then further work was undertaken in 1986, including trhe moving of a road which had been built over the domestic buildings.

This garden in in the cloister.

Much of the stonework is in surprisingly good condition.

Some of the windows have retained their glazing (from the 1800s)

This river was the source of water for the abbey

St John the Evangelist Scottish Episcopal Church, Jedburgh, was buit in 1843. It was of interest to us because its interior was designed by William Butterfield who was the architect of St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne.

Not as impressive a lectern as soe we have seen!

The Pulpit - to enter it one has to go behind the curtain next to the organ, ascend the stairs, and emerge through the little door visible above.

The sanctuary. Some of the tiles on the floor depict to four evangelists:

St Matthew

St Mark

St Luke

The creation tapestries (each one representing a day) were worked by Barbara Dalglish to a design by Alex Beatie, and installed in 2015 as a gift to St. John's on Rev'd David Dalglish's retirement.

From the sanctuary looking west

Originally, the organ was in the space above the porch

The Annunciation

Rosslyn Chapel is a 15th century building near Edinburgh. Its architecture is considered to be among the finest in Scotland and it did not disappoint. It was made famous because of its part in Dan Brown's book "The Da Vinci Code" and the movie which followed. The chapel has literally hundreds of intricate stone carvings. Sadly, photography was not permitted inside the building.

This memorial outside the chapel has six statues, representing some of the virtues:







This is a carving of a camel!

One of the gargoyles

This carving depicts a farmer's wife saving a goose from a fox.

Another gargoyle (look at those teeth!)

Another view of above

And another view!

The outdooe section of the café has some pretty decent views!

We then drove to our accommodation at Falkirk (about a 20 minute drive from Edinburgh) and settled in there. After a dinner at McDonald's, we went to have a look at "The Kelpies" which are just nearby.

Very impressive!

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