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Kirkcudbrightshire, 14 July

July 21st, 2006 (08:43 am)

I've been too busy, and it's been too hot, for me to write a detailed account of the day - but here are a few photographs.

A twelfth-century Cistercian monastery, founded either by Fergus of Galloway or David I, it was the place where Mary, queen of Scots, spent her last night on Scottish soil in 1568, before sailing the next morning for Whitehaven.

Note the knife sticking into the abbot's chest, and the partially disembowelled man at his feet. The Church had to make its own way in a warrior society.

Kirkcudbright's livelihood depends on tourism (mainly based around its status as an 'art town' and its marina) and fishing.

The private section of the road along the bay in Kippford was populated by several goblin-like creatures which had seemingly emerged fully-formed from the rocks and tidewood.

This Samoyed thought it only right and proper that I should be taking a photograph of her.


Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: July 21st, 2006 08:17 am (UTC)

Well, if ever I thought the "Hello trees, hello flowers" image of you was slightly exaggerated, now I know that the glowing idealism of a PK striding along the coastal path can bring even the rocks to life.

Even the dog is cute! I must have been softened up by the stones. She has a face very slightly like a furry Cabbage Patch Kid.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 22nd, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)

I see what you mean about the CPK... and there were many other strange rock-like creatures.

Posted by: Disparate Housewife (wryelle)
Posted at: July 21st, 2006 09:37 am (UTC)

Lovely pictures :)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 21st, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)

Thanks - I might post some more at some stage.

Posted by: helflaed (helflaed)
Posted at: July 21st, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)

Lovely indeed. To my shame I haven't been there for years now. I think I stayed in Kippford last time....

I've loved the area ever since we used to go there on holiday when I was a child.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 22nd, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)

This was my first visit, and a very rapid one as my sister and I had only been able to come up for a few days and our parents had wanted to show us some of the places which they had visited with friends a few weeks before. There was a lot in the area which I didn't get to see, though.

Posted by: Delia (chainmailmaiden)
Posted at: July 21st, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)

That is a very fuzzy dog!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 22nd, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)

Very like the one we had in my teens and early twenties: