Anyway, my plan was to walk to the Botanic Gardens, but I came across the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on the way. The top floor has a gallery of 16th-17th century portraits, including one I'd not seen anywhere before of Margaret Tudor; Henry VII's elder daughter who was given in marriage to the king of Scotland. She was Mary Queen of Scot's grandmother. The portrait is of a stout redheaded lady, her husband; I'm not sure if it's the king or her second husband, and a servant in Henry VIII's livery. Margaret has a little sprig of flowers in her dress: a carnation or pink (I think they called it a gillyflower) and rosemary (Shakespeare said rosemary for remembrance). Unfortunately, there wasn't a postcard of it, and I can't find it online. While I was in the gallery it rained, and later when I stopped in a pub for lunch (the Orchard), but I think that was the last bout of rain. In the Botanic Gardens it was damp but not actually wet.
Here are some of my photos of these lovely, fairly wild-type gardens.
|Britain's biggest plant fossil|
|Part of the lovely Physic Gardens|
|I must find out what these are|
|At the bus stop, opposite the entrance to the gardens, a baseball game in the park.|