Day eight was our last day of holiday. The travelling day, but as per usual when we go away in this country, I like to visit somewhere and get an extra day of holiday.
We decided to go home via Edinburgh as, surprisingly, it didn't make much difference either way. It also meant that we could stop off at the National Trust's Preston Mill just east of Edinburgh. It didn't open until 12 noon so we took a slight diversion off the A1 to drive through Longniddry, past the house where I used to live before we moved down to Newcastle.
Despite this diversion, we still arrived before 12 noon but it was a glorious day and you could get to the picnic tables so we had our lunch straightaway. The guy had already opened up when we finished so we got our tickets early. It was a guided tour of the mill and the very wonky but quaint kiln. Said to have been the inspiration for Hagred's house in the Harry Potter films. The mill was used commercially until 1959 and was the region's last working watermill.
More recently it was used in the Outlander series where Jamie hides from the English under the water.
Once we'd had our tour from the very knowledgeable guide, I set up my stool across the mill pond and sketched the buildings. The kiln wasn't quite as wonky from this angle but I wanted to get the tranquil pond, the sluice gate and the wheel in the composition.
The very orange roofs are depicting the Dutch roof tiles which were brought over as ballast for the ships that had gone to Holland carrying coal.
It was such a lovely day and a tranquil setting for my last sketch of Scotland. I throughly enjoyed the whole holiday and can't wait to see where our next adventure takes us!
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