Gullane Sands No 2 – Watercolour
Another, similar view from a beach walk
Gullane Sands, East Lothian – Watercolour
From a walk along this lovely beach
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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.
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.
Aberlady Church, East Lothian from Craigielaw Golf Course – Watercolour
I have driven past this old church many times but have always viewed it from the road which passes on the far side of this scene. During a round of golf, on Wednesday, I was delighted to get a different perspective of the structure which prompted this quick painting.
Mill Dam – Watercolour
This is the dam area for Preston mill as attempted in my previous post. Mills used to have these reservoirs to ensure that the waterwheel continued to work through dry spells.
Preston Mill – Watercolour
This old mill dates back to the 18th century but there has been a mill on this site for at least a couple of hundred years before that. It is situated near the village of East Linton, East Lothian about 20 miles outside Edinburgh. The present building was in use until the middle of the 20th century. It is a great place to visit and sketch being a crazy collection of buildings which have been added to, and taken down, over the years. It is now looked after by The National Trust for Scotland.
Sea erosion, Belhaven Bay – Watercolour
Another scene from last week’s walk near Dunbar. This is part of the “John Muir Way” – the “Forest Walk”. The majority of trees, in this section, are Scots Pines and these grow right down to the edge of the sea. When we walked along the beach we were intrigued to see that the sea has begun to erode the sandy shore and many of the trees have had their roots washed away. Many mature trees have collapsed and are lying along the beach or actually in the sea. I do not know how long this has taken but vast areas of old timber are bleached white by the salt water. Maybe its been going on for years. Other parts of the East Lothian coast have suffered similar damage and there are massive conservation programmes involving planting of marram grasses [Ammophila (Poaceae] )
to hold the sandy soil together. And, talking about grass, it might be interesting to note the grassy area just to the bottom right-hand edge of this scene. Years of strong grasses being nibbled, close to the ground, by rabbits have lead to the establishment of very firm but springy turf. This is wonderful stuff to hit golf shots off and is the reason why there are so many old (and new) golf courses in this part of the world.
Dunbar, East Lothian – Watercolour
Another “seascape” this time looking from the rocks at the small town of Dunbar at the start of the cliff top walk. This is the beginning of the trail dedicated to John Muir and is known as the “John Muir Way”
Near Aberlady Nature Reserve, East Lothian – Watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine
This flat sandy area lies to the East of Edinburgh. The background shows the distant shores of Fife across the Firth of Forth while the headland, on the right, is where the famous Gullane golf courses are. Just beyond these lies the Muirfield Golf Course which is home to the “Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” where the Open is sometime played.
I was speaking to a friend, recently, who has suffered from back pain. I told her about the large concrete blocks which litter this area and mentioned that my mother had fallen against one, in 1942 and injured her back. She suffered from back trouble from then on. You understand I was trying to cheer my friend up, nice guy that I am. These blocks, measuring about 8ft-10ft each way, were scattered along this coastline to deter enemy landing craft. This must have constituted a huge effort. Many of these obstacles are still with us and have become part of the local scenery, reminding us of those dark days. My painting shows just three of them.