We left Blair Atholl at 9 this morning for Glamis. The drive was just over an hour, through highly cultivated agricultural country.
Sir John Lyon was made Thane of Glamis (rhymes with harms) in 1372 by Robert II, first of the Stewart Kings, and the Castle has been the residence of the Earls of Strathmore for 18 generations. It was remodelled in the 17th century. It was, of course, the birthplace of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother, and where she and the then Duke of York spent their honeymoon.
Phillipa Turnbull was commissioned to work a replica to replace the cover for the Queen Mother's 100th birthday. The replacement now adorns the bed and its quality and fame insured our priveledged treatment at the castle.
Phillipa is clearly well-known and welcome here. We were not only granted private access to the rooms on display, but allowed to take photographs for our own study. We were very conscious of the privelige.
I do not have permission to publish my photos, so will not be posting them. Suffice it to say, we were all really pleased to view, on the inside of the bed head, the original thistle and rose design we have been working over the last 10 days. The texture of the silk makes a difference to shine and colour - a whole new dimension.
There are many other pieces of embroidery done by women in the household - including really wonderful wall hangings. There are numerous tapestries and some beautifully embroidered costumes. It was extraordinary to be viewing these with Phillipa (and a highly knowledgable young guide) and be able to see them at close quarters.
We were able to also go on a scheduled guided tour, and many did. I chose to sit for a while and take in the surroundings, visit the highland cattle and walk around the exterior of the house.
This has been a great trip. The women participating have been terrific companions, the teaching excellent and I've learned heaps. Very satisfying and a lot of fun.