I enjoyed this article from the Guardian in December, researched by Claire Lloyd. Have added the images to help inspire…
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I find the history of Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh a fascinating one.
Holyrood Abbey was founded on the site in 1128 by David I, King of Scotland, and the palace was built in various stages right beside.
Holyrood is now an imposing ruin next to the palace which is the official royal residence in Edinburgh.
Standing at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace was built with an inner quadrangle, in the French style, and contains a chapel, gallery, royal apartments and a great hall.
Its history is wonderfully rich, one of its most notable residents being Mary Queen of Scots. Married at just 15 and widowed at 19, Mary returned to Scotland and was crowned at Holyrood Palace.
Among the many interesting things to see are the wooden ceilings in Mary’s quarters which date back to when she lived there. The walls on this, the northern side, were initially built with a view to defense and are very thick, while on the opposite side, despite the external symmetry and similarity, they are much thinner and were built at a later stage.
Members of the public can visit the infamous north turret, where on 9 March 1565, Mary’s Italian secretary David Rizzio was murdered by her jealous second husband Lord Darnley.
It was reported at the time that the poor Rizzio was stabbed an astounding 57 times, in Mary’s presence….a tragic and gruesome tale. Visitors to the palace since that time have claimed to see blood stains on the floor where it happened.
Another interesting occupant was Bonnie Prince Charlie – the palace served as his Head Quarters during the 1745 uprising.
The palace is open for most of the year, but is closed when the Queen and members of the Royal family are visiting.
If you are planning a stay in Edinburgh it is well worth a visit. For accommodation in Edinburgh visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org.
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Leeks are still at their seasonal best in February and March, so should be locally available and full of flavour. Try this yummy recipe and enjoy some warm, nutritious comfort food to keep those winter blues away.
- Peel the leeks and potatoes and chop
- Fry the leeks in a dash of olive oil until soft
- Add in the potatoes, plus a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well
- Heat through gently for a few minutes
- Add the stock and milk, turn up the heat and simmer for around 25 minutes until the potatoes are cooked
- Allow the soup to cool a little
- Blend until smooth
- Add a little more water if required for your desired consistency
- Serve with a teaspoon of cream drizzled on the top along with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds
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There is lots to do in Edinburgh during March. A brief selection of ideas are listed here and more information is available in our calendar which you can access here.
Edinburgh Playhouse – The Russian State Ballet of Siberia
The Russian State Ballet of Siberia are performing at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 2nd until 6th March. Performances include Giselle, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for producing performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The performers delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.
Edinburgh Playhouse – Whistle Down the Wind
From 15th to 20th March the playhouse will be host to Bill Kenwright’s critically acclaimed production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman’s Whistle Down the Wind. Inspiring and uplifting in equal measure be prepared to be captivated and moved by this lovely tale.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is performing on 20 March 2010 at 19:30 in the Queen’s Hall. They will perform Prokofiev Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’ (15′), Mozart Piano Concerto in Bflat, K595 (32′) and Haydn Symphony No 92 ‘Oxford’ (28′). Okko Kamu is the Conductor, Steven Osborne will play Piano.
Laurel and Hardy
Laurel and Hardy by Tom McGrath is on at Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh on 26th and 27th March at 7.30 pm. A treat for fans of this comic duo, the play includes slapstick, music and some of their best comedy routines.
The Secret of Sherlock Holmes
From Tuesday 30th March until Sat 3rd April the Kings Theatre presents the Secret of Sherlock Holmes. Starring Peter Egan and Philip Franks, prepare yourselves for a journey into the mind of the greatest detective of all time! Evening performances are at 7.30pm with matinees on Wednesday & Saturday at 2.30 pm
Meet in the main car park at 10 am. The trip is free.
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Cycling or walking over the Forth Road Bridge is a great thrill. Between the two bridges (road and rail) is the pretty coastal village of Queensferry which is worth a visit in itself for it’s sea front, habour areas, sailing school, museum and various galleries,shops, cafe’s and restaurants.
From Queensferry you can take boat trips – for example to the Isle of May which has a large colony of seals and is a popular destination for bird spotting. Hopetoun and Dalmeny Houses are nearby – both are open to the public. Incholm island lies close to the rail bridge – interesting for its fortifications built for protecting Rosythe during the world wars.
In Edinburgh there are excellent cycling routes, often on disused railway routes, and you can get from the centre of the city out to the Forth Bridges avoiding most of the busy roads. Here are some photos from a ride I did recently. I took the roads for the sake of speed, only having 2 hours to spare.
My route took me along London Rd on to Leith Walk and then on to Queen Street; through Ainslie Place and Randolph Crescent on to Queensferry St/ A90. I stopped on Dean Bridge, crossing the Water of Leith (which has an excellent walkway with access to the Modern Art Museum, Stockbridge and the Botanic Gardens). Here I took the first few photos shown below. I continued on the Queensferry Rd (A 90) as far as Burnshot Wood, where a cycle route takes you along the B924, past Dalmeny House and down into South Queensferry beneath the Rail Bridge. To get onto the road bridge I continued along the Hopetoun Rd until it runs beneath the bridge and there is a foot/bicycle access up to the bridge from this point. Distance of the round trip is about 25 miles.
Cycle routes and links to other information about possible activities can be found on the activities page of the apartment website.
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Pancakes are made the world over, with every culture adding their own regional flavour. Try our delicious Scottish recipe, and for a real highland twist, why not substitute a third of the flour for rolled oats. ..And for a fruity alternative throw in a handful of raisens before cooking the batter.
Lovely for breakfast, dessert or afternoon tea, eat with your favourite accompaniment. I find them totally yummy served with a drizzle of maple syrup. ….Alternatively you could try a handful of red berries and some Greek yoghurt, or vanilla ice cream.
1½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
- Put the flour, baking powder, egg, milk and sugar in a large bowl and whisk together
- Heat a non-stick frying pan, add a little butter and pour in a small amount of batter
- Once the top of the pancake has bubbled and set, turn over with a palette knife and cook on the other side
- Repeat until you have enough pancakes
- Stack the pancakes in a pile, serve and devour!
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“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world….” The Buddha
“Buddha” means “one who is awake” . Many people find Buddhism to be a pathway through spiritual practice and development towards greater awareness.
Buddhist teaching and practices such as meditation help to develop one’s capacity for mindfulness, non-judgemental awareness, loving kindness …. and ultimately wisdom.
Buddhism in Edinburgh
There are a number of Buddhist groups meeting in Edinburgh. Here are just a few ideas of what’s on.
Located in Melville Terrace, the centre runs a range of activities from lunch time meditation classes to introductory Buddhism courses and mindfulness workshops. It also has its own bookshop and a lovely shrine room.
The centre welcomes beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. …from those searching for some hints on stress and relaxation to others who are perhaps undertaking a more personal search.
This group is part of the UK Community of Interbeing and they follow the teachings of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Author of The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace is Every Step to mention just two of his books, he is inspirational for many westerners in their discovery of Buddhism.
The group meet at St Mark’s Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace. They hold guided sitting meditations, walking meditations and readings. There are meditations in the early morning, at lunchtime and also in the evenings. Times and places do vary. Check their website for details.
The centre is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, with its focus placed on peace and health. People from all backgrounds are welcome and the programme of weekly activities range from beginner’s meditation classes to prayer meetings, study groups and Healthy Body – Peaceful Mind Qigong classes.
“As the shadow follows the body, …As we think so we become …”
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