So over the New Year, Martin and I took a trip to Roslin, near Edinburgh to spend a few days in a Landmark Trust property - Collegehill House - with my family and have a restful New Years Eve. We stayed in a small village called Roslin, known for the Rosslyn Chapel of Da Vinci Code fame. I took some pictures whilst we were there, although we didn't get up to a huge amount - it was very relaxed. Collegehill house sits directly next to the entrance to the Chapel, we could see it from our bedroom. We were down a little lane with a lot of privacy, but mainly because the Chapel was mostly closed for the holiday. On busier weeks, we were told you get a lot of people milling around and taking photos.
On New years eve we headed into Edinburgh in the day, but were too scared to head into any shops because it was so busy. We got a nice look at the pretty buildings and headed to a pub for drinks, but I got a nice impression of the city and I really want to go back again when it's a bit quieter. We didn't have tickets for Hogmanay - and we didn't fancy fighting the crowds for the luxury of peeing in a port-a-loo at 12am, so we headed back to our little house to celebrate. We subjected ourselves to a few rounds of Trivial Pursuit and headed out into the garden - the countdown in Edinburgh on our phones - and looked at the stars in the stunningly clear sky as we brought in the new year. It was pretty magical, and we spent a few minutes just looking at orion's belt and marvelling at how bright they were. We had a brief chorus or two of Auld Lang Syne out in the darkness and clinked our prosecco, and then headed back into the warm to drink a little more, chat a little more, and then headed off to bed.
The rest of the week was spent walking in the glen, visiting the chapel and lots of jigsaw puzzles.
Here's what you could see of the chapel from the garden of collegehill house. Pretty awesome.
I'd like to say I spent all my free time drawing, but I didn't. I did small amount that was work, but it was old, rainy and muddy, and I spent more time recuperating and relaxing and not feeling guilty. It was nice. Now I'm back and ready to get back to drawing. I hope you had great New Years.