The first few days were spent with my daughter and grandchildren, and included a trip to Woburn Abbey Safari Park, where we saw Tigers, Lions and Giraffes amongst many other animals.
We then headed north, through Yorkshire where we saw Rievaulx Abbey, past the Angel of the North at Gateshead, and on to Scotland. There were lots of very cheeky Chaffinches at the border.
We were headed to Edinburgh, and en route we passed through the pretty town of Jedburgh with its impressive ruined abbey.
We stayed in the seaside town of Musselburgh, and went for a damp cold walk by the river where we saw this drake Goosander amongst the more common ducks. Towards the sea, many Mute Swans were gathered.
In Edinburgh, we visited Edinburgh castle, home to the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and this impressive statue of Lord Haig. We also went to the cathedral, dedicated to St Giles. The ceiling in the nave is especially impressive.
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