All Around My Life

By TMLHereAndThere

So there it is

I'm afraid I didn't get up at 4.30am and go to the dawn unveiling ceremony.... I did wake up at 3.24am, and my eyes had that scratchy, "I can't open!" feeling, so I went back to sleep.  I'm told that the waka was still there later in the morning, but as I didn't go down there until early evening, it was long gone.  And there is, as yet, no plaque explaining this sculpture, nor details of the artist, so I'm none the wiser. I looked online to see if there was anything in the local paper, but nada. It remains enigmatic.... Thanks to Miffy for this link! It is just what I thought it would be, when I blipped it on Wednesday :-)

I went for this walk along the riverside after coming out of the cinema. Gill and I weren't sure that Mary Queen of Scots would be any good, but Susan wanted to go so we said we'd join her. In fact, we did all enjoy the film, despite some of the creative license taken with historical facts. Excellent performances by Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I and Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart, and I enjoyed seeing David Tennant as that driven man, John Knox! None of us will ever know what either Elizabeth or Mary were really like as people - it would be interesting to know more of their true personalities. Despite all the makeup, I felt that Margot Robbie is probably rather more attractive than Elizabeth was. 

Of course the costumes are superb, and it was fun to pick out recognisable locations, such as Glencoe (but why?! it has majestic scenery, certainly, but it's not near Edinburgh as I think we were supposed to to believe!)  Some of the sequences in England feature the interior of Haddon Hall, which I visited with my mother several years ago. On that occasion, we sadly ran out of time to visit nearby Hardwick Hall, which I recognised instantly in the film as it was known when it was built by Bess of Hardwick as 'Hardwick Hall, More Glass than Wall.' (I can thoroughly recommend the biography Bess of Hardwick, by Mary S. Lovell, by the way - it prompted that tour of Derbyshire).

No film set in Elizabethan England can be without horses, and there are some beautiful ones - especially the grey that Queen Elizabeth rides to her (fictional) meeting with Mary. There's also a whole pack of noble-looking Irish Wolfhounds which sadly we hardly go to see, as they lurk around in the edges of some scenes. Maybe the director isn't a "dog" person!

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