Friday, May 28, 2010

Week #19 Homecoming March

I went into the Royal Mile to watch the 3rd Battalions The Rifles, Homecoming March after their tour of duty in Afghanistan. This battalion is stationed at the barracks near to where we live. I was surprised to be quite overcome with emotion watching the March and hearing the applause of the the crowds who came out to welcome them home. I'm not sure why I had that response. This battalion has suffered a significant loss of life while on tour and they marched so proudly. It must have been so hard for them to experience the joy of coming home and being reunited with loved ones, and yet knowing that some of their comrades were never coming home. And some of them are so young... the same age as Jack

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Week #18 Dawyck

Week 18's walk was at Dawyck Botanical garden in the Scottish Borders. It's not that long since my last walk here, but it's nice to visit a garden throughout the year to see the seasonal changes. This was my first outing with my new Canon camera, so I'm on a steep learning curve at present, learning how to access the various settings.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Week #17 Madrid

After spending 13 days in Madrid, and walking more miles than I care to think about I feel I got to know the city pretty well. We were in Madrid 2 years ago also, so this time I tried to get some different shots of this wonderful city. This is a selection-click for a close view.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Week #16 Madrid

Week 16 and 17 photos are from Madrid. It was meant to be week 16 only, since we were to be in Madrid for 4 nights. However the volcano eruting in Iceland changed that. We were unable to fly home because of the volcanic ash, so eventually we got a bus to London and train home from there. Our 4 day break expanded to 13!, so I will upload another selection from Madrid soon. Madrid is such a photographic city-everything from narrow streets, ornate balconies, grand civic buildings, fountains markets and beautiful parks. The difficulty is in making a selection!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Week #13 Dawyck Botanical Garden

Dawyck Botanical Garden is near Peebles in the Scottish Borders- a garden of trees, rather than flowers. It has trees from all over the world, including enormous Douglas Firs. At this time of the year the buds are froming on the trees and shoots of herbaceous plants are coming through. It was a week or two early for the daffodils-I shall try to get back in the next couple of weeks. I hadn't realized that seasonally it's a couple of weeks behind Edinburgh. The drive down was lovely with the springs lambs and calves in the fields.

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