Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Arthur's Seat

Most of the overnight snow is gone in Leith but some still lingering on Arthur's Seat this afternoon.  A view from Newhaven Road near work.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

What Happened to Spring?

This is the Water of Leith near work. (See post on Feb 28th).  No ducks today.  The LHS is current and the RHS last June.  It is pouring and blowing a gale.  Further north roads are blocking with snow and the forecast is worse.  Must be near Easter.

Monday, 29 March 2010


After being closed due to flooding my favourite Patisserie has reopened after several months. If the weather improves you will get to see the exterior. Meanwhile the important bit.

Sunday, 28 March 2010


The Leith premises of the Society.  I'll photograph the building on a better day.

Saturday, 27 March 2010


And the continuing saga of the "Trams".  This is near a supposed Depot at the Gogar Roundabout.  It has been a tip like this for over a year.  But at least the sun is shining on it.

Friday, 26 March 2010


I suppose this is an improvement.  The rain falling rather than being encased in the cloud.

Thursday, 25 March 2010


Ferry road early this afternoon. Think I preferred the recent outbreak of sunshine.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


For a city that is a smokeless zone Edinburgh sure has a lot of chimneys.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Monday, 22 March 2010

Tate Modern

The view from the 7th floor bar.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Richmond to Little India

Walking along the Thames in the morning.  Teddington Lock and the little Lock keeper.  Boating for a pint. Ham Common.  Southall, Indian Restaurant, (highly recommended).

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Clapham Junction

Coming back from Bromley to Richmond by train as the District Line on the Tube was not running.

Friday, 19 March 2010


Decamped to the distant south. This is  like a little village. The local pub was good even though I didn't win the sweepstake on the Cheltenham Gold Cup.  Any fan of "I'm sorry I Haven't a Clue" will recognise the subject of the Blue Plaque.  A colourful little enclave.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Sorting Office

To be accurate, ex sorting office.  The Post Office have moved out so if you have any need for a very large industrial unit with plenty yardage and nice red chimneys, now's your chance.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Old Scottish Office

This is the view from Jeffret Street, just off the Royal Mile.  Behind the building is Calton hill with Nelson's Monument to the right and the Dugald Stewart memorial to the left. In the foreground the end of Waverly Station and the new council offices intruding on the right. To the left of the SO is what remains of the "New Prison" and further lefyt the Calton Burial Ground.  The tall obelisk is a memorial to the "political martyrs" of 1793 who were transported for sedition and the little tower on the left is the 18th century philosopher David Hume's mausoleum.
The second photo is the new Council Offices complete with suicidal ratepayer sculpture.  Must get a close view of that.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Victoria Park, Leith

Some indifferent days arrive at a dramatic end.

Monday, 15 March 2010


Corstorphine in the west of the city probably best known as the location of the Zoo. This "symbol" is used on the local "points of interest" trail and on railings for decoration as at this busy main road junction.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Urban Fox

More local wildlife.  This is an industrial area and Foxy is out for a Sunday morning constitutional.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Leith Links

Looks like Leith is ahead of Edinburgh in the Spring stakes.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Edinburgh Castle (Black and White)

From the west end of Princes Street Gardens

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Smoked Sausage Supper

The "Gold Sea" featured on Jan 25th.  This is a Gold Sea production, complete with that Edinburgh oddity, salt n' sauce.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

More Shop Windows

These are two local shops on Ferry Road in Leith. Radio Electrics does exactly what it says on the tin.  Or in this case the windows and hoardings.  Nothing fancy, just crammed full and very useful, especially in the "throw away" age, repairs being a staple of their business.  The other is the "corner shop" early till late.  The window display here is to say the least basic, possibly non existent but again the shop is useful.  Thinking of the post on  Louis Vuitton (15th Feb), perhaps there is an inverse law vis a vis usefulness and quality of display.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Spring Window

Innovative low cost window display.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Charlotte Square

Some images from Charlotte Sq in the New Town.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

The Botanics

The Royal Botanic Garden, to give it it's Sunday name, is fairly local and a favourite spot. It turned out a fine day and appears to be getting warmer at last.  Signs of Spring arriving.
I am not sure however of the latest man made arrival.  The new structure at the West Gate is a bit of a monster. This is it from the southern aspect in the Gardens.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Huggie and Inveraray

Away in the west today at Inveraray on Loch Fyne.  Met up with Huggie and his friends out for a weekends touring in the Morgan.  Huggie would appear to be a graduate of Glasgow University and a bit of a backseat driver.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Thursday, 4 March 2010

New Town Building

Larger buildings in Edinburgh's New Town are generally now offices.  This imposing facade is in Queen Street.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010


Strong winter sunlight casting a shadow of a school on a refurbished mill. No.  Don't bother commenting on the lamp post.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Morning Moon

This morning's descending moon.

Monday, 1 March 2010

The National Monument

A folly really, not a ruin.  It got started but quickly ran out of funds. It was to be a memorial for the Napoleonic War but.......