Week one included a trip to Perth, the first in a series of craft classes and an Edinburgh tour.
The first outing in the minibus was a relaxing trip to Perth. It was a beautiful day and the group enjoyed what was described as a ‘lazy day’ having a nosey around the shops and a visit to the local cafes. The main object of the afternoon seemed to be soaking up that lovely sun!
The first task for the craft class this year was ‘decoupage’; the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper onto it and varnishing the finished product. The group started craftily ‘upcycling’ old Christmas card boxes, designing and decorating them with paper scraps to make lovely trinket boxes. Some people then used buttons to create raised details for their designs.
The second outing saw the return of ‘Richards Tours of Edinburgh’. This year’s theme…? “Crime and Punishment in Old Edinburgh and some Very Naughty People!”
Our driver Grant excelled in finding places to stop in the Old Town where Richard could narrate in more detail on some of Edinburgh’s nastiest crimes. These included the treatment of witches; Burke and Hare’s move into murder from mere body snatching and the treatment that finally befell Burke (public di-section).
Then there was “half hingit Maggie” the poor fish hawker whose baby was still born after conceiving out of wedlock. She was sentenced to hang but survived! Deacon Brodie the locksmith-come-burglar who hanged from the very gallows he had designed and the Porteous riots where Captain Porteous was sprung from the town jail by a mob and lynched on a driers pole.
The final stop off was a “house of ill repute” where Richard read reports on some of the working ladies of 18th century Edinburgh. Informative, fun and a little bit grizzly! Thanks Richard.