November 09, 2010

Palaces & Peacocks . . .

Time out was so very long overdue
but at last we found ourselves travelling
North to Perth, the fair city, ready to explore. The beautiful sandstone "Scone Palace"
(pronounced sku'n ) was saved until last.
The crowning place of many ancient Scottish kings
amongst them, Macbeth & later Robert the Bruce in 1306
We stood & imagined the echoes of ancient voices at moot hill
as the kings sat upon the Stone of Scone
to receive their crowns. We strolled under the Autumn sun glittered on lawns
where once stood the village of Scone. Sadly landscaping in 1802
meant moving the whole village 2 miles away! The only reminders
now are the Mercat cross & mossy stones in the ancient graveyard.
We wandered amongst gardens discovering albino peacocks
stopped in at the coffee shop for warm drinks
& then tried to lose ourselves in the beech maze.
All in all a wonderfully relaxing weekend away.
Time out for Mr O & i, from all the other things
we find ourselves being from day to day.
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