You get a sense of relentless sincerity. Device and schemes, plans and intricacies. The Scottish spirit includes buttonholing you and explaining it all carefully so you are sure to understand. It is a country of explainers.
Replete, I climbed the castle hill, on volcanic dolerite. I wandered around in a high wind, but decided I wasn't ready to go in. Instead, I visited a tartan mill. The shop is one of those tourist destinations that is part museum, part jolly sales emporium. I made my way through china, pewter, and zillions of kilts to watch the weaving looms clatter away. I might end up painting some of these images some day... I love the concatenation of the built environment with the softer natural world. Despite the lack of raw nature in these images, there is something that speaks to me.
I whiled away the rest of the evening at the central library, reading calligraphy books and messing with designs in my sketchbook.