Busy Princes Street – Watercolour
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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.
Pentland Hills under Snow – Watercolour
Much of the west of Scotland was hit by heavy blizzards last Friday and many communities are still without power and are cut off. It was much quieter here in the east of the country although the Pentland Hills, to the south of Edinburgh, had a fair amount of snow. This week has been marked by a bitterly cold easterly wind which belies the fact that it is now officially springtime.
Sunset, Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh – Watercolour
Bruntsfield Links forms part of the Meadows in Edinburgh. This is the view, late on an Autumn afternoon, as the sun sets.
Corstorphine Beechwood – Watercolour
I started this a few months ago and decided to finish it in an effort to clear my desk. I revisited this place two weeks ago and it was interesting to see the changes a few months had made. Most of the leaves had gone and the place way much brighter. Its a joy to walk through this place as these same leaves have added to the spongy carpet under the trees. Its like walking on a fine mattress. Soon the area will be covered in snow and that will offer different challenges.
Bakehouse Close – Ink
This charming wee place is one of the many closes off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, in this case its in the Cannongate section of the thoroughfare. The buildings are used, today, as part of the Royal Museum of Scotland and there is I fine collection of silverware in the eastern section. Not so long ago these were run-down and dilapidated buildings – my sketch is from an old print circa 1860. Although closes seem to suggest that the buildings are close together the name actually comes from the fact that the courtyard, where the viewpoint of this scene is taken from, could be “closed” at night, probably by an iron gate thus protecting the properties inside.