IToday is a rest day. I have taken it very easy. Tomorrow the Scottish Highlands Embroidery Tour begins and I want to be as fresh as I can be.
My hotel is next to the Scottish Parliament -directly behind it. The photo is of the back wall of the parliament.
One street behind the hotel is the Royal Mile. The photo below is the back of the buildings on the Royal Mile directly behind the hotel.
Holyrood Palace is the other side of Parliament.
I went for a walk along the Royal Mile this morning. I walked about half way to the Castle and back being reminded of that strange mix of uniformity and individualism that is Scotland.
Buildings have a sense of harmony and sameness - but on close inspection either the buildings or their landscapes are quirky and unique.
There is variation in the stone, which, if placed amongst greenery, would have a softening effect.
Walking on the hill and the cobblestones isn't easy. I was quite tired and spent the rest of the day stitching, catching up on correspondence and organising my clothes a little. The hotel's menu isn't vast and I imagine I will have tried it all by the time I leave as we are eating here over the weekend. I didn't want big meals so had an excellent smoked salmon and cucumber sandwich for a very late lunch and soup and icecream for dinner.
An early night tonight.