Festival, Fall And Finds

Four days hol. Fantastic Edinburgh Festival time. 370 Fringe venues alone! My favourites? Checkov and Baba Yaga (The Girl with the Kind Heart) in Dr. Neil's Duddingstone Garden and the Shaolin warrior monks in the circus on The Meadows.

Alas, I fell while descending rain-soaked Arthur's Seat and sprained my wrist. No more driving to busy Edinburgh. Go north, my son. Book a student room at Stirling uni. Climb the Wallace Monument. Visit Fortingall where, from 17-31 August an archeological dig examines the ancient Celtic monastery (for more info phone Dr. O'Grady +0782 1155677). Walk by River Tay. Opposite Tay Castle on the bend of the river is Inchadney. This was Church of Scotland glebe where a little to the east were the church and churchyard of the parish of Saint Aidan. The derivation of the word Inchadney is Aidan, the titular saint of Kenmore. which was sometimes spelt Inchaidin. A previous minister believed Aidan himself gathered people while on a missionary journey - perhaps even en route to Lindisfarne - who knows? It is certain that this was a route later taken by missionary monks from Iona and Lindisfarne.

Back to the island of healing, to meals and sessions with Tom Martin and Helge from Norway, Jim and Judith from the Institute of Healing in Pennsylvania, Roger of Fresh Expressions ... and now Richard arrives to type up stuff about the Monastic Garden. Arios.

Posted at 02:05am on 18th August 2011
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