Monday, February 03, 2014

Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

I'm terribly overdue for a blog post and last November I promised to tell you about our visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.  It was a blustery day with the sun ducking in and out of the clouds.  If it were warmer, we could've walked, but a taxi sufficed. 

Once we were inside the gardens, practically the first thing we saw were these enormous leaves... easily big enough to hold Big Schlepp and Herr Professor Bear.  Immediately a group of school girls saw me and I had my picture taken with all of them.

With the weather turning blustery, we thought we'd try the glass houses at the other corner of the gardens.  Our tickets got us entry into all 12 of them.  It wasn't a long walk and the entrance was the 120' high Palm House.  Truly amazing.  

One greenhouse led to another with wonderful plants in profusion.  Here is some variety of Spanish Moss and  a purple orchid. 

Farther along was an enormous indoor lily pond with 3' in diameter water lilies from Africa.  Beyond was a glass house with an entire forest of tree ferns.  

After we left, we wandered up the hill and had a light lunch before exploring the rest of the gardens.  On the way out, we discovered these lovely blooms.  

All in all, an exquisite day, even with the cold and wind, these gardens are not to be missed no matter what the season.  And in the worst of weather, the best is still the warm and beautiful glass houses.


Steve Finnell said...


Should Scriptures be interpreted or should they be read and understood? When men claim that Scriptures are subject to interpretation, what they normally mean is subject to explanation according to their denominational view point. Case in point Acts 2:38.

God's Point of View: Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let everyone one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall received the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

Man's Interpretation: Peter said to them your sins were forgiven and you received the gift of the Holy Spirit the minute you believed. Repentance and water baptism follow forgiveness from sins and reception of the gift of the Holy Spirit.

God's point of View: Acts 2:38 Peter, "All of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then your sins will be forgiven. You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(New International Reader's Version NIRV)

Man's Interpretation: Water baptism is simply an act of obedience and is not essential to the forgiveness of sins. Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit precedes repentance and water baptism.

God's Point of View: Acts 2:38 Reconsider your lives; change your direction. Participate in the ceremonial washing of baptism in the name of Jesus God's Anointed, the Liberating King. Then your sins will be forgiven, and the gift of the Holy Spirit will be yours. (The Voice VOICE)

Man's Interpretation: Bible commentaries and church catechisms are more accurate than the Bible.

God's Point of View: Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible NIV )

Man's Interpretation: God is not smart enough to guide men into an accurate translation of the Bible. It has to be explained by Priests, Preachers, and denominational leaders.



Topher Kohl said...

Ah... nice to see that Schlepp has been to the lush land O bonny heather! It would be nice to see Schlepp get into the spirit of the land by a sporting a bit of plaid. Truly enjoying the travel logs and the whimsy that comes along with it. Know that there are more Schlepp enthusiasts out there. Cheers!