The far end of our estate – Watercolour
No sign of traditional Autumn colours yet
East Lothian Coastline – Watercolour
Part of the coastline above the sea at the east end of Tantallon Castle. These are not natural rocks but the remains of part of the castle. It must have taken some nerve (or some persuasion) to build this high up as the drop, down to the sea, is terrifyingly high.
Autumn? – Watercolour
September has brought about a weather change with sun giving way to greyness. This,perhaps, is offset by some colour starting to appear in the trees. Can Aurumn be far away?
Almondell Trees – Watercolour
From a sketch made sitting next to the River Almond on a hot sunny day
Tuesday 28th May,Dunbar Castle – Watercolour
We visited Dunbar and the surrounding John Muir Country park. It seemed a good idea to have a look at the harbour and the remains of the old castle which sits above it.
Once a mighty structure this place is now reduced to a vast heap of rubble. Its is interesting to note that many might argue that this unsafe place (it is fenced off and is home to thousands of nesting sea-birds) should be levelled yet the place has deep historical significance in our past, not least where Queen Mary was “abducted” by Bothwell and, to the surprise of the country, married him a few months later.
Hamilton Place, Stockbridge – Watercolour
Another view of the area where we used to stay (See post, July 12th). This ornate clock tower is, in fact, now part of a bank in this busy area. The traffic seems more chaotic than it used to be.
Friday 31st May, Prince’s Street from Calton Hill – Watercolour
Its worth a climb up Calton Hill to see the iconic view of Prince’s Street from the top. Earlier we persuaded one of our guests to climb up the large Gothic structure shown in the centre of this view. This is the Scott Monument, dedicated to the famous Scottish author. The jury is still out one whether our friend is still recovering from the experience and speaking to us.
Friday 31st May, Stockbridge – Watercolour
During the day we ended up in Stockbridge which is near the Royal Botanic Gardens. I wanted our guests to see this particular view as this was where Margaret and I stayed shortly after our marriage. Our house, in fact, is the one with the red door – 32, Hugh Miller Place. The rows of terraced houses run parallel to each other. Hugh Miller was a famous Scottish Geologist. The house is accessed by the outside stair. It is on two levels with the upper level composed of attic rooms. The single storey dwelling, forming the downstairs part of the building is accessed from the next street, which must be a nightmare for the postal services.
We stayed between 1972 and 1978 in this house before our move to Ratho. The old place looks very small now.
Saturday 1st June, Melrose Abbey – Watercolour
The day was spent, with our guests, touring parts of the Scottish border areas and, in the afternoon, we arrived at the great ruin which is Melrose Abbey. The abbey was founded in 1136. Parts were added over the years and, in fact, over centuries. The place also suffered much destruction as well during this time. If you are interested see
as the history of this place is far too complicated to précis here.
I have visited this structure many times but never fail to be impressed by the sheer size of the remaining stonework. The building cleverly supports itself by connecting arches to massive columns which I have tried to depict here. If parts of the stonework are viewed in the correct light they take on a beautiful reddish pink colour which adds to the lightness and airiness of the place.