Saturday, 31 July 2010

Playfair Steps

The steps are the short cut up the Mound, just by the National Gallery.  As you emerge at the top you confront the Black Watch memorial.

Friday, 30 July 2010

From Corstorphine Hill

Looking south east from Corstorphine Hill towards the east end of the Pentland Hills.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Old Craig

This building is part of Napier University.  I like the old building but I can't find any info on it.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Scottish Parliament

The Parliament from Salisbury Crags in its tight little site.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

A Haven

A highly recommended B&B festooned with Virginia Creeper.

Monday, 26 July 2010


With improvements in the weather the work has been completed. The shadow is obscuring the URL which is

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Lochend Park

The Old Doocot and Lochend Loch, looking towards Arthur's seat.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Bollywood in the Rain

Earlier in the day, driving round Holyrood Park, we spotted a large film crew, all Indian setting up near Dunsappie Loch behind Arthur's seat.  We come home and find this scene in Newhaven.  Crollas shop in Newhaven Main Street, (now sadly closed after 100 + years of business), has been turned into "Kashmir Home" and giant artificial suns shine through the windows while the air is filled with that distinctive Bollywood music.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Tony Mystery Solved (I Think)

I had occasion to make a delivery to the National Galleries Depot in Granton today.  One of the staff said that he understood Tony to be spring-loaded.  If enough pressure builds up due to flow and entrapment of debris or a dunt from a passing log the statue is released and blockage will cease.  Exactly how this would work I have no idea.  The waters are receding and a bit clearer.  You can see the base in the water and the metal base of the sculpture at right angles. His legs are just visible and he appears to have trapped a tree branch.  He hasn't disappeared, just bathing.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Missing in Action?

I didn't think I would be returning to my little obsession with "Tony" just so soon but, as you can see above, the local Tony has disappeared.  "Heavy" weather has swollen the river somewhat and the silt being moved downriver makes it opaque.  Is he under the surface?  Stolen? Being repaired? Compare the photo above with the one taken on 25th June titled "The Local Tony", right hand panel..  Honest, he hasn't been Photoshopped out.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Flying Ants

Maybe not quite biblical proportions but a plague of the beasties nevertheless.  These two roaming on car roofs but the majority being pedestrians.  Whence from?

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

All the Fun of the Fair

Old fashioned Hobby Horses Roundabout in the Princes St Gardens.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Junior Speedway ?

Came across this event in Redbraes Park.  Speedway on a miniature scale minus the engines.  This would be close to the original home of the Edinburgh Monarchs team at Powderhall.  A lot less noisy and without the distinctive aroma of the fuel.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Dumbarton Rock

Through in the west today.  This view is across the river Clyde from near Bishopton .  Dumbarton Rock and Castle with Ben Lomond in the distance.

Friday, 16 July 2010


The rains have abated for a bit but Tony has become a bit of a filter and has attracted some unwelcome attention  to his eyes.

Thursday, 15 July 2010


The sunny, dry summer we have been enjoying has been replaced by the more traditional torrential downpours.  It's a good job these boys are on the job letting it all drain away.

The weather is also interfering with our local mural but I think we can see what the premises will be used for.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Spray Painting

An empty industrial unit opposite work has been let and this spray job would appear to be a clue to the business.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

More for Belfast

Another jumper or possibly lander this time for the Twinbrook Bridge.  See previous post on June 23rd.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

The Other Tonys

The 3 remaining Tonys.    The top image is Mr Gormley's first cast who looks like he has dug an escape tunnel from the Gallery of Modern Art.  The 3rd & 4th  photos are of Tony number 2 in the Water of Leith just behind the Gallery. 5 & 6 are of Tony number 4 at Powderhall.  

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Stewart's Melville College

One of Edinburgh's private schools on Queensferry Road.

Friday, 9 July 2010


This sign is about 9 feet up a lamppost.  I frequently pass it but never stopped to examine it before.  According to the website the sign has been removed. (The phone number certainly doesn't work any more).  It was part of a project which apparently finished in 2009 so I am obviously not very observant. Some content is still available on line.  There is a link at the site listed below.

Thursday, 8 July 2010


Edinburgh's little "seaside resort".

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Budget Cuts?

It looks like the Police are in the front line of the Budget cuts.  50% off their cars for a start.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

The Kalpna

A little Edinburgh gem, especially at lunchtime for the buffet.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Rooftop Castle

An evening  shot from the roof of our block of flats across the city.

Sunday, 4 July 2010


Small powerboats racing round a circuit in Western Harbour opposite Ocean Terminal.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Friday, 2 July 2010

Today's Arrivals

The cruise liner "Regatta" and the Sail Trainer "Lord Nelson" in a sunny Western Harbour

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Thistle Do

Plenty of these emerging after the warm sunny weather and then some rain.  Good at colonising waste ground.  These just along at the end of the street from work.