Hospitalfield

The week before last, this was ‘picture of the week’ in the Herald. Two years ago, Sian and Peter visited Hospitalfield. It is a special place that encourages and supports … Continue reading Hospitalfield

In the middle of the Yew

My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.  

E P I T A P H

When you enter Holyrood Park from the Meadowbank side via Duke’s Walk, you will find yourself walking past a strange pile of rocks which looks like an unfinished rockery: Muschat’s … Continue reading E P I T A P H

Ross Fountain

Daniel Ross , ‘Old Daniel’, was a successful gunmaker in Edinburgh: He also had a shop on St Andrew Street where the doorway stone flourishings, with his monogram, survive to … Continue reading Ross Fountain

East Princes Street Gardens

This post shares a little of the history of East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. I am indebted to the work of Connie Byrom as published in this book: Connie dedicated … Continue reading East Princes Street Gardens

West Princes Street Gardens

This post shares a little of the history of West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. I am indebted to the work of Connie Byrom as published in this book: Connie dedicated … Continue reading West Princes Street Gardens

R E E K I A N A

James Skene (1775-1864), advocate, antiquarian and confidant of Sir Walter Scott, had a profound sense of Edinburgh as a changing city. In the early 19th century, he witnessed, at first … Continue reading R E E K I A N A

PUDDIN’

May I introduce to you the ‘Bathgate Gaberlunzie’:

Charlotte Square

Pupil. I am a circle, you are a SQUARE. I see shapes, you saw COLOUR. You are the past, I am NOW.        

Hybernaculum

F I N D I N G S

‘FINDINGS’ by Kathleen Jamie is a book that you should read. Kathleen’s way of seeing wowed John Berger. No wonder. Here are some of my favourite findings from FINDINGS:   … Continue reading F I N D I N G S