Sunday, October 18, 2015

Adventures in relocation

Full of happy memories, we left Kenmore behind this morning. We were to make our way to Edinburgh, but we made a couple of stops along the way, just to make things more fun. Our first order of business was to take the whole group over to the Birnam Wood, for a look at the mighty Birnam Oak and the Young Pretender. After that, we headed over to Cairn O' Mohr Winery for a tasting and lunch. This was a place we read about in a random and hilariously written brochure we found in our Kenmore house. We decided to visit because of the uniqueness of the products--wine made with every fruit except grapes--and because of the wittiness of the brochure writer, as we literally laughed out loud when we read it. Though we didn't really love any of the wines, we did have a great time. We finally made it to Edinburgh in the middle of the afternoon, and, after settling into our roomy apartment, Mom and I decided to go exploring. We wandered around the city streets for a while and finally found ourselves at Calton Hill. So, up we went. The top of the hill is covered in a variety of interesting monuments and offers spectacular views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. It was a wonderful welcome to the city, which we will look forward to exploring further over the course of the next couple of days.

Our group was able to wrap about half-way around the ancient Birnam Oak

These two silly guys were delighted to find a "cave" inside the old oak.
(The oak is hollow for about the first ten feet.)

A last look at the River Tay

We were greeted by some friendly faces when we arrived at Cairn O' Mohr.

The winery where everything is a little different

Tasting choices included strawberry, elderberry, elderflower, citrus,
currant, bramble, and meadowsweet, to name a few.
They also had three types of non-alcoholic juices for the kids.
We didn't try all of them, and, honestly, we didn't really love any of the ones we tried.
But, it was definitely a unique and fun experience. 

Our Edinburgh home under the street, which is truly lovely, despite its unassuming entrance.

A peek at the Firth of Forth from the top of Calton Hill

A good look at Edinburgh

That's Edinburgh Castle on the hill in the distance

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