Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Tourist Tat

The goods are up to the standard of the shop sign.  The Royal Mile is littered with these appalling efforts.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Spring "Flowers"

The front garden of an obvious gardening enthusiast.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Forth

Royal Fleet Auxilliary vessel making her way down the Forth. Looking over Granton to the scenic turbines of Fife.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Angel of the North

In Princes Street, near enough, not Gateshead.  "Britain from the Air" is an exhibition spread around the city on temporary triangular displays giving you an aerial view of well known landmarks. I like the juxtapositions.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

From the Castle

Looking over Princes Street and the Gardens.  The One O'Clock Gun poking over the battlements on the left.  A sunny day and warm if you were in the sun, still not looking like spring tho.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Room 13

It is actually Committee Room 1 in the Scottish Parliament. (Pretty poor photo using phone but you get the idea).  It was an event about Room 13, one of my favourite organizations. The event was called Creativity = Capital and was a celebration and explanation of the Room 13 concept. Basically space for youngsters to do their own "Art Thing".  Run by themselves and structured as a business.  It creates huge self development and growth.  7 of the youngsters gave presentations, sensible and well delivered. Polished 10 year olds.  The idea has spread abroad e.g. there are 11 Room 13s in South Africa now.  Hardly a week passes without foreign visitors arriving at the primary school in Caol, by Fort William, to find out more. The audience were impressed.
If Creative Scotland had turned up they too might have been impressed. They apparently wish to have an Arts strategy for youngsters but seem to be unaware of this home grown phenomenon.  They were invited but didn't show, didn't even reply.  I suppose they were too busy dealing with all the angst of their recent travails.  Better they check out http://room13international.org/

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Airport Bus

Until the Trams arrive this is the only public transport link to the airport.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Ramsay Garden

The entrances to the flats which face north and look over Princes Street.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

George Street

St George's and the George Hotel.  Parked cars a a real nuisance when photographing Edinburgh.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Cannonball House

The date of the original house, 1630, can be seen on the pediment of the upper window.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Half Moon Battery

Edinburgh Castle with American visitors, Drew, Stewart and Kelcey.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Gladstone's Land

Or rather the sign.  This old building in the Royal Mile isa National Trust for Scotland property.  The hawk has seen better days, being minus a talon.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Castle Esplanade

I had to do a delivery to the Castle today.  The barrier on the right is the entrance to the tunnel cut through the rock which goes all the way up to the old barracks high up on the ramparts and allows various delivery access points.  Not a good day for the tourists.  The high winds, which were bad enough at sea level, were starting to remove slates from the roofs and they were forced to close it to visitors.

Monday, 15 April 2013

The Best Thing in Edinburgh

The Glasgow train, naturally enough. The old ones are the best.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Ramsay Gardens

This is the section that faces west.  In the summer it is pretty much obscured by the trees.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Victoria Street

 The upper half of the street curving up from the Grassmarket to join George IV Bridge, this is taken from the terrace above.  http://www.edinburghonline.co.uk/street/Victoria_Street/

Friday, 12 April 2013

Granton Development

Following on from the Lighthouse, these are some of the flats built in the in-filled harbour.  I think work had been stopped for a while but they are back working again.  The little "feature" of a channel to the water has now been realised. It originally was planned to go all the way to the lighthouse.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Lighthouse, Granton

I have posted this several times before but never from this angle. It was originally on the shore as you might expect but the harbour was partially filled in to produce a hideous industrial estate leaving it high and dry.  It was, however, not a loss to navigation as it was built as a training station for prospective keepers.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Valvona & Crolla

An Edinburgh institution, the small frontage belies the large interior full of Italian goodies.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


Tuesday is "plastic and cardboard day" in this area.  Uplifted by the City Council.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Ferry Road

Another morning shot looking east.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Pitt Street

Early morning looking east along Pitt Street in Leith.

Saturday, 6 April 2013


In Victoria Park this morning.  The cold just won't give up.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Forcan Ridge

A bit of a guest appearance.  Passing through Glen Shiel this morning.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Local Business

In Bangor Road.  The piles of "raw material" just lie next to the road but it wouldn't be too easy for miscreants to lift  into their car boots.  http://www.ikmgroup.net/

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Old Leith Hospital

Viewed across Taylor Gardens on great Junction Street.  Closed and turned into the inevitable flats.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Arthur's Seat

Telephoto shot along Newhaven Road at lunchtime.  Just a tiny bit of snow remaining but still bitterly cold. Plenty people on top, would seem a bit extreme for rolling Easter eggs.