Saturday 1st June, Melrose Abbey – Watercolour

The day was spent, with our guests, touring parts of the Scottish border areas and, in the afternoon, we arrived at the great ruin which is Melrose Abbey. The abbey was founded in 1136. Parts were added over the years and, in fact, over centuries. The place also suffered much destruction as well during this time. If you are interested see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melrose_Abbey

as the history of this place is far too complicated to précis here.

I have visited this structure many times but never fail to be impressed by the sheer size of the remaining stonework. The building cleverly supports itself by connecting arches to massive columns which I have tried to depict here. If parts of the stonework are viewed in the correct light they take on a beautiful reddish pink colour which adds to the lightness and airiness of the place.