mainly photos from around Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland, but not quite daily any more.
Monday, 19 July 2010
The Flower of Scotland
The thistle is the national flower of Scotland and appears on many national emblems. Legend has it that a bare foot Viking invader stepped on one of these prickly plants at night and cried out, so alerting the sleeping Scottish warriors.The first use of the thistle as a royal symbol of Scotland was on silver coins issued by King James III in 1470.