Through The Gate For all of you that didnt know, the translation of the Latin on the previous slide is the motto of Scotland and the Order Of The Thistle. It takes pride of place over the gate to the castle. As can be seen in the first two pics, it was a dank day. The castle rests on a mount. The rock formation is volcanic. Through the gate we went……
The True Agenda It may have occurred to you, what the heck were Nick and Otti doing visiting the castle? Well part of it was to meet Meg (but more of that later). The next picture sheds light on the other reason for going
The Answer Yes its true Otti wanted to purchase a tank, unfortunately this particular model was rather on the conservative side.While Otti was still making up his mind, I was having trouble of my own. For some reason I felt the need to climb. In retrospect taking the path would have been a better idea.
Cannon Fodder Yes for all of you that were and possibly still are unsure; Meg was one of two giant cannons stored in the castle. Apparently gifts from some Scandinavian King – impressive,Im sure youll all agree. The Next pic has no meaning and concludes the Castle pics…
Isnt It Obvious? In case it wasnt clear, Edinburgh is a busy city. Plenty of hustle and bustle as shown by the previous pic. The Scott Monument is seen in the back. Also you can see real live evidence that I am omnipresent, if you look carefully. As the evening went on I was still making light work of making friends….
That Evening Yes some of you may be seeing a trend developing in the friends I made. Before anyone asks, no I do not have any affiliation to Marks and Spencer or their holding company St Michaels.The friends I made that evening were far more interesting. Myself and Otti opted for some Scottish dancing and went to a Scottish Caedlic/Kael ( whichever is the appropriate spelling, if either). Those pics will remain in my private collection however.
The Morning After So the question the next morning was what to do next? I have entitled the next picture The Thinker.
Climb Before I continue I should point out something that you might not know about Otti; he was trained by Tibetan Shirkers in the art of mountain guiding. You will note how carefully he denotes our intended route in the next picture.
Mountain Guide ( Yes I know Its a hill, lighten up )
The Crags To the left of where Otti was pointing there exists a portion of land which is raised, and referred to as the crags. The Crags were formed by fissures from volcanic activity in the area. Pics on/from The Crags…..
At The Peak The next Pic was taken from one of the lower plateaus. We were approaching our goal of reaching the peak of Arthurs Seat. Fortunately when we got there Otti didnt feel like flying anymore. The next series of pics I have entitled On Top Of The World…Note if anyone should redistribute the pic of me with the hat Ill hunt them down. The next Pic was taken from one of the lower plateaus. We were approaching our goal of reaching the peak of Arthurs Seat. Fortunately when we got there Otti didnt feel like flying anymore. The next series of pics I have entitled On Top Of The World… Note if anyone should redistribute the pic of me with the hat Ill hunt them down.
Carlton Hill I think the pictures pretty much said everything that needed to be said regarding Arthurs Seat, on a glorious day in Edinburgh. The most exhilarating bit was running back down the hill after wed reached the peak. The climbing content of the day had not finished……..
The Greeks Are To Blame As title suggests the Scots had the good sense to implement Greek architectural ideas into their buildings. So the Scots do have good sense after all. I cant tell you all how useful it was to be able to claim Greek citizenship in Scotland. For some reason they dont like the English. I wonder why?
Something A Bit More Festive Tis the season to be jolly and all that. In the interests of being festive myself and Otti went to halls to help with the decorations and the trimming of the tree……
Explanation Well as guests myself and Otti couldnt possibly be expected to help out, so we delegated. The girls on the ledge werent allowed to come down till they finished decorating the tree. We were hard taskmasters but look at the result……..
Outrageous Yes I know you all saw it too. On behalf of Sarah I would like to apologise. The halo above my head which was so evident in all the other pictures was hidden from view in the last pic. No matter my saintly-hood is still intact. As youll all know by now I have been canonised.
Karmic Realignment Before I go, and Just in case Sarah should ever see this and take offence at previous comments. I would like to say that as Otti promised he introduced me to in his words gorgeous friendly people, and undoubtedly he did this. However in the case of Sarah, Ottis flair for understatement was evident.
Final Word Ok now that I have taken care of my Karma and also established that Sarah was a Bonnie Lass ( Scottish speak for wonderful lady), I have something far more disturbing to report about Otti. No its not his somewhat disturbing fascination to Scottish dancing, though that is worrying. Brace yourselves, Otti has developed a Scottish drinking problem/habit. I dont know what to do, but I have proof, take a look…….
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