EDINBURGH

Monday, August 12.

Well we have had a great five days in Edinburgh, at the fringe festival. What an amazing variety of acts, and millions of people. It is actually worth one billion pounds to the Edinburgh economy, over the three weeks it runs.

Here is just a sample of what we did.

This guy finished off with a girl standing on his chest while he lay on a bed of nails.

This was a 100 piece drum band. What a noise but brilliant. They were actually that load that shopkeepers on the Royal Mile had officials stop them from playing.

Interesting statue in Nicholson square.

These little characters were all over Edinburgh. Sort of an explorer trail for kids.

These guys were amazing. The Russian Strings Orchestra. Such precision.

I think this says it all.

Another of those little chap pies.

The orchestra were so good, we went to see them again at night in Old St Paul’s church. The acoustics were fabulous. The guy on the right is a world re-known composer, and the orchestra played his latest symphony as a world first. I now have a new appreciation for the constant hours of practice the musicians put in for a perfect performance.

Today is August 11 and Su and I have been married for 35 years. 👫🎉🎉🥂🥂My how time flies when you are having fun. Would not have it any other way.

In celebration we went to see the Lost Voice Guy. For those who watch Britain’s got Talent, he won it in 2018. Absolutely amazing, and very funny. If you haven’t seen or heard of him, google him.

Went for high tea after the show, even though it was 10.00 at night.

This is what the construction cranes look like at night when it is bucketing down. Very unseasonal rain here at the moment.

Today we wandered through the Edinburgh Gardens on the way to the mount to take in some street theatre.

Don’t normally see the castle from this view. No wonder no one could storm it.

Lovely fountain in the gardens.

This was an interesting story.

Very proud Scotland.

Floral clock at the entrance to the gardens. Someone has a great deal of patience.

This young girl, Kiara Thornburn, is from Melbourne. This is one of the funniest things I have seen for a long time.

These two guys, the bottom one from London and the top one from Australia were superb. What a display of strength.

Just to top it off, this guy was from Sydney. These were purely by accident. We sat at one street venue and they kept appearing and taking our money.

To top the day off we attended the meeting of the Loanhead/Roslin Rotary club at the Roslin Inn. How did we find out about the meeting time?

It goes like this. The couple who own the caravan park, Pam and Bryan. We were talking to Pam, and she mentioned that she lived in Myrtleford for a while as a child before moving to Shepp. Turns out that her dad worked for Kittle Brothers and she attended Bourchier Street Primary, in the seventies.

We said that we would probably know some of the people they knew through Rotary. Pam said her father Inlaw was in Rotary, and the rest is history. We had been trying to find where the nearest club was. In essence, we had to walk out of the caravan park, past Roslin Chapel, up to the corner and into the Roslin hotel. All of four hundred yards. What a great night. The club is small but the quality is high.

A 100% attendance.

Exchanging banners with the President.

Well as I said at the start, a great five days in Edinburgh. If you get the chance, go, you will not be disappointed.

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