Monday, 6 February 2006

A nice day out.

                                       

Good afternoon, at long last we have managed to get our run out in the car to Scone palace.  It is a beautiful palace and the grounds are magnificent. It is of great historical importance to Scotland as it where we crowned our Kings and Queens before the Union.  The Stone of Destiny was kept here for 500 years.  1500 years ago it was the capital of the Pictish kingdom and the centre of the Ancient Celtic church.  It is now the home of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield. At the moment being winter the palace and grounds are only open on Friday.  So what were Stuart and doing up there on a Monday? What else bird watching there is a small flock of Hawfinches there and they are very rare. (will write about our trip in my bird watching journal later)  At this time of year the snowdrops are fantastic but we must have been early this year and they are not so far out as usual. I have taken pictures for you to see but it looks much better when the sun is shining in the summer and well worth a proper visit. The gardens are not to manicured and there is a arboretum with may special trees I think I have some pictures we took last summer I will put them in as well when I select today's out of the camera. The weather was not too good but it did break up a bit later in the day and the sun remember that nearly came out. Really enjoy getting out and about, will tell you of our trip later in my bird watching diary. Bye for now. Love

6 comments:

jeadie05 said...

Oh good at last you made it !sounds a super place ,is that the stone of scone that is under the throne ,and was reclaimed /stolen ...depending which side of the border you live lol ,some years ago?a most interesting place with a history I bet ?........Jan xx

labdancer51 said...

Hi Joan,  I`m glad you got to visit Scone Palace, it does sound like a great day out, and of course for your bird-watching too!  Is that Virginia creeper all over the front of the building?

Sandra xxxx

ally123130585918 said...

Scone palace what a wonderful looking place to visit, with all the history that goes with it...Hawfinches will wait to see what they look like when you do your bird journal...I havn't  seen many snowdrops yet. but I do keep looking...glad you both had such a pleasant day.
Ally

jmoqueen said...

Glad you had a good day out but why is it called the scone palace??

jlocorriere05 said...

I'm glad you managed to get out Joan. It's nice to go for a drive in the winter isn't it? I get really fed up sitting indoors through the long winter months. Jeannette.  

ekgillen said...

I'm so glad you finally made it to Scone Palace.  It looks beautiful!!

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