Meeting with the stone-donors
04.10.2012 - 04.10.2012
Another glorious sunny (but still cold) morning in Edinburgh. We all head into town for some breakfast - found a nice cafe but we then discover that the fellow patron is not so nice. A mouthy, loud, cocky American who continually patronises the staff and proclaims his awesomeness is seated near us. Urgh - really takes away from the whole breakfast experience.
Then it's off to the National Museum of Scotland, but only fairly briefly. Long enough to see Dolly the cloned sheep and learn that curling was invented in Scotland. Traipse back to the apartment (finally worked out the best way back), farewell to Steph and off to the airport to send Miguel and Lizzie to Greece and the warm weather they've been missing for the past week!
Simon and I are on our own again, and we head to Falkirk to meet up with Tish and David (who provided the stone for the repairs to the Robbie Burns statue in C'down). Before we meet them though, we check out the Falkirk Wheel, a pretty snazzy way of connecting two sets of canals, one of which is 35 metres higher than the other. Stunning views from the top canal. There's also a Archimedes inspired playground type thing - in the absence of any small children, we make it our job to explore every lever, pully, spiral and pump. Playing with the water would be even more fun if it was actually a hot day! And most importantly, I finally manage to catch a haggis
Dinner with Tish and Davy - they are officially presented with their souvenir Robbie Burns t-shirts and posters and shown pictures of what their stone was sent to Australia for! They have organised for us to stay at a nearby b&b, so we head off there and settle in with a cup of tea and some shortbread. Not a bad end to the day at all!