Saturday 6th April in Edinburgh – yes, its well out of sequence

Just have to put a bit more up about our Edinburgh trip, even if it was weeks ago.

First full day of the Sundial Conference and it included a trip to see some dials in the city.

I stuck out at lunch to sample a pint or two in the Cask and Barrel.  Wylam Brewery is at Wylam in Northumberland – the home of Parsons, the inventor of the turbine – so they offer Wylam Turbina.  Highland brewery had Orkney Best, badged as the champion beer of Scotland, 2012.  Also had a half of Billabong, previously sampled in the Craft Beer pub in Brighton.  Its from that Welsh teddy bear brewery, whose name I temporarily forget.  The young barmaid was very knowledgeble about real ales – turns out she moved up to Edinburgh recently to do a brewing degree at Heriot Watt University.

Made my way to Heriot School – one of many private schools in the city – but was too early, so found time to pop intoa bar called Doctors for a half of Fyne Brewery Jarl Ale.  Only had good beers from that brewery so far.

Waiting for my conference colleagues to arrive I read two notices outside the school gates.

A long history, mainly as school for boys

A long history, mainly as school for boys

It may take girls, but still doesn't know about staffing rather than manning

It may take girls, but still doesn’t know about staffing rather than manning

The school was set up through the will of George Heriot, who was a wealthy goldsmith and banker to a king, and this earned him the name Jinglin’ Geordie.  Must have like sundials because there are 22 on and around the school.

There is a statue of him high over the inner quad (where a notice proudly announces their Eco-School status – a passing reference to an earlier career, Rob Stephenson – author of Eco-Schools).

Jingling Geordie(592 x 600)

Our man has cherubs above him, but I am uncertain that the hand gesture is appropriate for a school.

How many fingers?

How many fingers?

Even higher is a clock and a sundial – can you see why its British Summer Time – the dial and clock are an hour different.

clock and dial (520 x 600)

OK, it may not be easy to see that.

We walked tothe National Museum of Science, to visit several dials inside and one on the wall outside.  Then onto the Royal Mile to see two more dials before entering the Holyrood palace to see a multifaced dial on a lawn where maybe we should not have been.

The dialis high on the right, the keep off the grass sign rather lower.

The dial is high on the right, the keep off the grass sign rather lower.

On the way out of the palace we pass a strangely zombie-esque statue, of unknown origin, the notice said.

Scary statue (450 x 600)

Onto the coach and back to our rooms before boarding another coach for trip to the Playfair library for our grand dinner.

Here we are - you might see me raising a glass to Jackie and the camera

Here we are – you might see me raising a glass to Jackie and the camera

 

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