Archive for December, 2008

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New Year’s Eve

Trafalgar view of Big Ben's clocktower

Trafalgar view of Big Ben's clocktower

 What a great week of time & travel together! We just left London, Ryan, Natalie & Jillian by Airbus, and Bruce, Linda & Jake by train.  I was so sad to say goodbye. We did a lot of walking & sightseeing & saw a show (or two!)–one was wicked! the other one was simply bad. More pictures are coming soon, but I’m uploading this one from the train.

St James Palace

St James Palace

Thames walk

Thames walk

 

longitudinal symmetry from head to feet

longitudinal symmetry from head to feet

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Happy Christmas!

Christmas morning, Holy Trinity Parish Church

Christmas morning, Holy Trinity Parish Church

 

Happy Christmas from St Andrews!

Happy Christmas from St Andrews!

 

walking home for xmas goodies

walking home for xmas goodies

 

aeronautical engineering  begins at home

aeronautical engineering begins at home

 

Celtic always, everywhere

Celtic always, everywhere

 

Xmas morning trio

Xmas morning trio

 

the hand is quicker than the eye

the hand is quicker than the eye

 

rescue successful!

rescue successful!

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Christmas Eve

Are we there yet?  YES, you are!

Are we there yet? YES, you are!

Natalie & Ryan arrived!  Just look at their “I’m-so-happy-to-be-off-the-planes-and-now-I’m-excited-to-get-on-another-bus-and-go-to-the-castle!” looks on their faces!  Meanwhile Jillian (the one who’s awake in the photo) and I  were more than willing to play tour guides, and we immediately set out to climb Castlemount with them and show them the sights in the capital city (after we injected some coffee in them, of course!).  What a huge gift to be together for Christmas!  Love, from all of us to each of you!

Changing of the guard at Edinburgh Castle

Changing of the guard at Edinburgh Castle

Tower of David (Edinburgh version)

Tower of David (Edinburgh version)parade rest

 

best seat in the house?

best seat in the house?parade rest

parade rest

parade rest

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Swilken Bridge, R&A, natural beauty
Swilken Bridge, R&A, natural beauty

What a blessing to have Jillian with us! We went for a twilight walk this afternoon.  

High tide at West Sands

High tide at West Sands

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Lighting up the (auld grey) Town

carry a torch for me
carry a torch for me

Dateline: St Andrews Day, St Andrews. (November 30, for you Yanks, is the day of Scotland’s patron saint. You know, the reason the flag bears the diagonal cross–that’s Andrew’s grim symbol of faith).
It was really cold this year, but dry. The town holds a festival of sorts in market square, and turns on the Christmas lights after it gets really dark, at 5:00 p.m. Then there’s a parade by the local pipes & drums, then a torch light procession from St Mary’s College (my school, the Divinity school) to the castle on the sea.