Thursday, August 15, 2019

Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies

It’s been awhile since our last post, sorry to those who have been following. We are at the end of our three weeks on Debbie our Narrowboat in Bonny Scotland. This is a collection of photos particularly the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies.

We return home Wednesday 21st, our trip has been truly amazing, we are so blessed to have been able to do it.

Oh, how we'd found Mike six month ago, a few short minutes on my computer and he will never know the sanity he brought - Thanks Mike with your cnrl z.

Going up on the wheel then along the Union Canal to Edinburgh

Linlithgow - St Michaels church with its amazing modern spire which can be seen for miles around, we are told it can be seen as you fly out of Edinburgh airport.

The palace where it is reported that Mary Queen of Scotts was born, this is next to St Michael's. Our guides ove the palace were from the local secondary school, a teacher started a program a number of years ago with teaching primary students about the palace and training them to be volunteer guides. The program works well with the Secondary Students teaching the Primary students  then over the holidays taking guided tours - they were excellent.

We were in Edinburgh over the period of the annual Festival - lots going on as you see. We will spend our last two days here again before flying home Monday.

A traditional Scottich night out, well done, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

The next night was the Edinburgh Tattoo - we have seen it in Australia but its nothing like being in its home town. It was fine for our performance but the one after was not as lucky. Great to be able to live on the boat right in the middle of the city while exploring all there is to be seen.

Back down the wheel, such an amazing experience. Unlike England you have to book your passages along the Scottish Canals as they supply Volunteers to work the locks.

Plenty of Blackberries and raspberries along the canals, what a bonus.

Caught in a downpour, lucky there was a bridge handy to shelter under, we didn't take our umbrella as it was a fine day up until then. Never go anywhere in Scotland without the wet weather gear.

A wonderful two days at the Kelpies, Duke and Baron. 30 metre high steel sculptures by Andy Scott, there is one of his sculptures on the Gold Coast which we must look up next time up th

Duke's shoe, Duke and Baron sat for this project and we're told they sat and enjoyed the study, lifting their heads to the position needed for the project. 

Would you believe the Tasmanian pipe band played at the Kelpies, an American band were here today, what fun!

What a great light show, we just have to see the Wheel lit up now.