Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day Four, 19 April 2013

Edinburgh welcomed us with a completely sunny day, the warmest and brightest of the tour! We started the day at Dovecot Tapestry Studio.  After that, travelers were turned loose to explore the Royal Mile and new town as they wished.  3 of us explored the Royal Botanic Gardens. 
Dovecot Studio and Galleries are housed in a former Victorian era swimming pool. The studio commissioned a new tapestry loom  this year which was made from scratch, copying the plans from their other loom which may be 100 years old.

Dovecot weaver, Jonathon Cleaver talked to us about the history of the studio which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012.

Jonathon enjoys working on inovative projects such as this collaboration with jeweler David Postin. David created the wire armature and Jonathon wove within the shape to create "Circles in Green."

Dovecot mostly weaves commissioned works. However, this new speculative piece being woven by David and Naomi, "Large Tree Group", will hang in  an exhibition at Dovecot in August.  It is based on a painting by Victoria Crow.

The Royal Botanic Garden boasts 10 glass houses with plants from all over the world.
Travelers, daughter and mother, Jennifer and Melissa are avid gardeners and landscapers who added much to my enjoyment of the gardens with their vast knowledge of plants.

Once glass house had an amazing array of fiddlehead ferns.

At the end of the day, Jennifer was always ready to walk up someplace high with me. We are on Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park, about one mile from the Royal Mile.

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