'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menorise [men-oh-rIse]; the process of inculcation

In keeping with the week's theme of Dunoon, am varying just a tad from the usual philosophical take and offering something that ties in nicely with Robert Burns birthday today.  

On the Castle House grounds is to be found this monument to "Highland Mary".

She stands gazing over the water to the coast-line of Ayrshire.  It was yonder that she took the Scottish 'troth' of marriage to Rabbie by each standing on opposite banks of a 'burn' (stream) with one each of their hands interlocked and submerged in the water whilst their other hands held Mary's Bible between them.

It is said that as long as the water stays running and the Bible holds true, the love will last.


  1. She looks lovely as she gazes across the water. I have never heard that custom before. It sounds romantic unless the day is very cold.

  2. This is super Aunty Yam, I've never been there, but all your pictures make it look lovely! That perfectly ties in with Burns night, it was interesting to find out something about Mary.
    Pippa :)

  3. Hari oM
    SQ - indeed - I am thinking that if one is truly in love the cold is no barrier!!

    Pippa - it is a super place and I am hoping it will soon be home indeed. Lovely to see you!!


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