After not leaving the house at all yesterday (rain and a headache kept me indoors) we headed out for a Sunday drive like a couple of old pensioners. First we went to Aviemore as there was a craft market on, but because of the rain it was a bit of a washout. As we couldn’t get into the nice cafe there we then headed off to Boat of Garten and the lovely 1896 Gallery and Coffee Shop.
My latte arrived with a slightly deformed heart on top so I preceded to create my own piece of art – I think it looks a little bit like Bramble.
Onward we meandered and then we came across Edinkillie Parish Church and graveyard – how wonderful.
Next door to the church was the rather grand Relugas House, and on the fence you might be able to make out a little Robin. This house was built in 1980, but the previous dwelling was begun in the 1700’s.
In the graveyard is the below headstone for Kopuri “Tom” who was a servant and died at Relugas House. He was from the island of Rotumah (Fiji island of Rotuma) in the South Pacific. I thought it was lovely that they had given him a proper grave, and Ken thought it was the rich people appeasing their guilt of having a servant who died so far from home.
A view of the graveyard and the headstone on the right is for James S Ferries who was the commander of the R.M.S Zealandia – he died at sea and is buried in Honolulu. Here’s a link to a description of one of the journeys he took with the ship and what the ship was like – Click Here.
This lopsided headstone is from the 1700’s.
A few more headstones for you to enjoy (yes, that is the right word to use) with intricate carvings and a couple of lovely crosses.
One of the Commonwealth war graves at this site – a pilot and he was only 20.
Two more lovely crosses – the symbolism of the cross is so interesting as there are so many different versions of it in graveyards across the world.
Cute little shed in the corner of the graveyard – I love how it is built into the wall.
This headstone has seen better days – I hope it was just aging and mother nature that caused this and not someone being totally disrespectful to the dead.
One of the church windows – it’s purple! It must look lovely from the inside so we’ll have to find out when the church is open for viewing. Note that the window is another version of a cross.
There you have it, our lovely Sunday drive (minus the flat cap and hair rollers) exploring more of the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and have a fabulous week.
Pamela & Ken