One man and his dog, Spot, a bottle of lemonade and ginger pop; went to mow a meadow!
I couldn’t resist quoting the song One man went to mow that we sang as kids on school coach outings. The addition of “a bottle of lemonade and ginger pop” was a local variation.
This is the Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland. It commemorates Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. Completed in 1844 after the author’s death in 1832, it is in Victorian Gothic style and is the largest monument to a writer in the world.
Scott was a dog lover and you will often see dogs in his portraits. His favourite dog, Maida, depicted gazing lovingly up at his master in the statue, was a Deerhound cross. Actually, many people do not spot the dog at all, maybe because it looks like a lamb!
I sat on a bench right by this edifice while I ate a sandwich, accompanied by that seagull (You’ll never eat alone.)
As it is one of the tourist attractions, it’s difficult to get a picture of the memorial from a distance without lots of people in the shot, so the photo below isn’t too bad.
Residents of Edinburgh might be surprised to learn that there are more dog statues or memorials than just Greyfriars Bobby and this one. Apparently there are at least five more:
Greyfriars Bobby, Maida, Toby, Bum (the American 3 legged one), Cuillin, Dobbler and Beauty.
You can read about them all here: Other dog statues or memorials in Edinburgh, Scotland.