Tuesday, January 24, 2006


During our brief time in Glasgow, Scotland, we decided to visit Roslyn Chapel. I had read about this place long before "The DaVinci Code" was ever written and had wanted to visit ever since. It was a doomed trip...

To get to the Chapel, we traveled 40 minutes by train from East Kilbride to Glasgow, another 55 minutes from Glasgow to Edinburgh and yet another 45 minutes by bus to the small town of Roslin. When we finally arrived at the Chapel, my son asked me why there was a hearse there. It turned out that there was a funeral in process and access to the Chapel was closed until its conclusion. Time was running short for us to catch the next bus back to Edinburgh when we finally were allowed in. We had a fleeting 20 minutes to look arouns and to make matters worse, the batteries in my digital camera were fading out and half the photos that I thought were taken were lost. None the less, the meer 20 minutes were well worth it and we have promised to return again someday. All Masons visiting Scotland would do well to visit. Pictured above is the Apprentice Pillar.

Back in Edinburgh, it was my sincere hope to at least pop into the Grand Lodge of Scotland - well by the time I got there, it had already closed down for the night. I guess I have will have to visit Edinburgh again as well.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Happy New Year

A very belated "Happy New Year" to one & all! I have been away from home for a few weeks and haven't had the chance to post anything new. My family traveled to Ireland for the holidays - we spent Christmas in Ennis, County Clare and New Year's Eve in Dublin with my wife's brothers & their families. We also traveled over to Glasgow, Scotland for four days to see some cousins.

I have a few photos and stories which I will post in the next few days after things settle back down at work. Patience...