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

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Me-Now-Views; Less Speak More Peek

Another thing which happens during festival and fringe time in Edinburgh is the opening of many doors... notably church doors. It is a sad fact that majority churches here are now locked except when in use for worship. Neighbour M (downstairs from the father), is an elder of the church and her 'homebase' is Priestfield Kirk.

It was built in 1880 and the founders had, apparently, a fondness for Italy, thus influencing the architecture. This is not your standard model Scottish church. I was wondering aloud to Neighbour M as to how it was I never visited this particular church and what came out was that, during my Scripture Teacher days back in the 1980s, I may well have mistaken this for a Roman Catholic establishment ... judging the book by its cover! Conversely, the interior is much more in the Presbyterian style, very simple and beautifully polished dark wood - the most ornamental item being the stained-glass windows. The organ has not been played in about 30 years - an electric floor model serves the purpose now. Upkeep is a costly business.

I walked home from there after sharing a cuppa and biccie in the welcome hall. It was about one and a half kilometres, so another good stretch of the legs. It meant passing some very fine old places, like Suffolk Lane...


  1. Pretty church, I love the organ and the beautiful windows. Sounds like a lovely walk home. Wonderful images, enjoy your day!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Church doors are mostly locked here as well ...sad that you can't just pop in when you need some quiet space and peace. Love that little kitty in that last picture.

  3. Yes I too might have mistaken that church for one of the RC variety, but as you say, all is clear when you step inside.
    A lot of wood to polish there!
    Glad you were able to enjoy a good leg stretch too.
    Cheers! Gail (back now from being largely 'off grid' in Torridon for a long weekend).

  4. Looks like a beautiful stroll if that is any example. Mom says she and dad loved all the beautiful churches when they went to Europe.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. So very lovely!! I just love the architecture in European churches, and the stained glass is just gorgeous!

  6. Wow! I love these shots. Old buildings are so full of beauty. Maybe, someday I can see them for myself.


Inquiry and debate are encouraged.
For personal contact, please use the email box on the Wild YAM/Contact page.