Saturday, 11 April 2009

Photos of the day and...because they all died

These were taken in Cramond near the Forth Estuary. Three brothers doing what boys do - digging around at low tide to see what critters they could find.

Favourite moment of the day also involved a child, who posed a question during a tour of Lauriston Castle.

"Why doesn't anyone live here?" asked the boy of our guide.

"That's a good question," she said, putting on her best 'support the curiosity of our youth' voice. She then leaned over the red rope barrier and began her explanation in a sweet, hushed tone:

"Because they all died..."

She went on to clarify that the previous owners, who had no children, had gifted the property to Scotland in the 1920s. But for me the force of the answer lay in those first four words, from which the child cowered while the adults stiffled laughter.

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