Fringe & Highland Games oh my!

  Just got back from church, now its time to update the blog. 

      After the Whisky tour on Tuesday, Wednesday it was time for my first event of the Fringe Festival. I went and heard comedienne Anne Edmonds from Australia, before the show I enjoyed a nice half-pint of beer(don’t judge it was after noon). Anne plays the banjo as part of her stand-up routine as well as having a friend play keyboard. I can be a part of the routine, I was given a stick with a mannequins hand on the end of it. Every-time I thought she said something funny I was to give her a high-five with the hand. I gave many high fives. Then after the show was over, I wandered around Edinburgh for a while watching some of the street performers, as well as being given oodles of leaflets about many of the performances at the festival. 

         Friday Ray’s dad, and uncle come over to his house to meet me, as we would be heading down to Edinburgh for the day. At 8 p.m. that evening the three of us were going to see Rhys Darby’s stand-up routine. In the mean time we headed into the city, our first stop was the oldest Masonic lodge in the world, the lodge where renowned poet Robert Burns was a member. Then next it was off to the Grand Lodge of Scotland were we hoping take part in a tour, well we had to wait an hour and half for the tour. Since we had time to kill we walked down the street to eat some lunch at the Standing Order, which has one of the largest choice of beers that I have seen. After a nice lunch of haggis, mashed potatoes, and another vegetable I cannot recall. Back down the street where we went on a wonderful tour of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

Image The entrance to the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

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The dome on Grand Lodge. Does this dome look familiar? Well its similar to the larger one that resides in the U.S. Capitol building, which was built by many a Scottish Freemasons.

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The balcony inside the main lodge room, the seats in the balcony are the original seats that date back to 1910.

        After the Grand Lodge tour, we walked along the streets, stopped by Bonham’s auction house just to see if they had any auctions going, we doesn’t like to watch people spend 45,000 pounds for example on a bottle single malt scotch whisky. Then we walked around some more, met up with Rays mother, we headed to the Brass Monkey for a pint before heading to the Rhys Darby show.

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The interior of this pub was amazing, they had movie posters all over the place, which couches in one room where you could relax with your pint or drink. It was a short walk to get to the Rhys Darby venue, once inside there was a ten-minute delay before the show started. It was a funny show, and if I get the chance to see him again I will, and that goes for Anne Edmonds as well. 

        Saturday it was time to head to the Highland Games in North Berwick, a lovely seaside community. At this highland games there was lots of bagpipes playing, men and women tossing heavy shot, dancing, etc… Aside from the fact it was very foggy, I had a blast with Ray’s parents. 

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A group of marching in to be judged for their respective level. 

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The seaside bird center was just down the road from the Highland games, we headed there, hoping that the fog was all behind us. We were not that lucky, it was even worse. 

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On a clear day you can see Bass Island, and if you head downstairs at the center you can move video cameras all over the island to see the birds. However with all the fog it was not in my opinion worth the eight pounds fee. However I did see some puffins, just look at the next photograph.

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The beach just outside the seabird center.

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         On the drive home, we stopped at a few more seaside villages. Here are a few photographs of the harbours of those villages.

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Finally one photograph that shows how much water comes in, it was covering many steps and a path that heads out to the sea.

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Now it is time for a late lunch, and watching some Olympic action.

    Until next time!

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