Most of my travels are in Central America; if that's the blog you're looking for, here it is: Hopefulist in Latin America.

This is the blog for photos and reflections of my visits to other places, beginning in 2013. Previous blogs are linked on the main pages of my photo collections on flickr.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


The Middletons moved from Edinburgh to Linlithgow - a small, historically important town about 20 miles west of Edinburgh - more than 20 years ago. They are warm, wonderful hosts and their home and garden are beautiful.


Sunday morning we drove part way, then parked and walked through town to church at St. Michael's.




After church they showed us around inside and outside the building as well as around the Linlithgow Palace next door, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

Window detail

Here is a list of all the pastors, from Dominus William in 1200 to the current pastor, Stewart Gillan.

When the church was consecrated 8 centuries ago, holy water was splashed on the walls by the head of the church; crosses on the walls mark the places dampened by the water.




We took in some additional local historical sites before heading home for a nice outdoor lunch and chance to relax before watching the gentlemen's final at Wimbledon on the telly.




The Scottish lad from Dunblane (about 1/2 an hour west) made history - yay!


We took the family out for a festive dinner, then walked home through the fields.





Happy trails!


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