Union Canal from Ratho Bridge, Winter – Watercolour/Ink on a watercolour Moleskine

Lots more boats are now moored more or less permanently here. Jings! It must be cold for the folk who stay in the houseboats with the canal frozen over. Ratho village is on the horizon and has been our home for thirty years. We like it. People are very friendly and easy to get on with. I like to think we all behave like the second traveller in this story:-

A traveller once walked into a village and asked an old man, sitting on a bench, what sort of people lived here. “What were they like where you came from?” asked the old man. “Noisy, discourteous, hard to live beside”, was the traveller’s reply. “I expect you will find the people living here, exactly the same,” said the old man. Later on, a second traveller wandered up to the old man and asked him the same question. “What were they like where you came from?” replied the old man. “They were very nice, polite and kind folk,” said the traveller. “I expect you will find the people living here, exactly the same,” said the old man.