Looking At Edinburgh

31 August 2008

Edinburgh Castle from Cornwall Street

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Edinburgh Castle from Cornwall Street

This photo is available on Redbubble: Edinburgh Castle from Cornwall Street.

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30 August 2008

Stead’s Place from Pilrig Park

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Last house on Stead's Place from Pilrig Park

This is the last house on Stead’s Place: a wing-roofed building, the south side of a square all but invisible from anywhere but this point of Pilrig Park.

This photo is available on Redbubble: View from Pilrig Park.

29 August 2008

Coburg Street: house reflected.

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house reflected on Coburg Street

The house reflected in the window is the one we saw last week in Still Building Edinburgh.

This photo is available on Redbubble: House Reflected.

28 August 2008

Panic at the Disco in St Andrew’s Square

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t-shirt for Panic at the Disco

A t-shirt seen in St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh. No disco was harmed in taking this picture. I actually had no idea this group existed when I took the photo, but for what it’s worth, this week they’re in Australia.

(There isn’t a disco in St Andrew’s Square.)

This photo is available on Redbubble: Panic at the Disco.

27 August 2008

This Is How To Lay A Double Yellow Line

I always vaguely thought that double yellow lines – which are painted on the road with a very solid thickly-laid paint, which drips but doesn’t run – would be put on the road with a kind of machine – a paintbrush trailing underneath a vehicle, I suppose.

two workmen laying a double yellow line on The Shore

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26 August 2008

The mural on Beaverhall Road

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The Egyptian mural above the Euro Spice entrance

The mural extends half the way down Beaverhall Road on the lefthand side as you go down to the river. I took the photo here just because the SpiceCo sign caught my eye. “Euro Spice Co” is a wholesaler, advertised in BizWis as offering “products, cooking tips, and recipes to assist the busy family. Euro Spice products are flavorful,easy to use and versitile” (their typo). Despite the name, it’s based in Santa Monica, California, US.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Spice Company: mural.

25 August 2008

St Bernard’s Well

St Bernard's Well

St Bernard’s Well is named for St Bernard of Clairvaux, founder of the Cistercian order, who is supposed to have discovered it in the 12th century while taken ill when living in a nearby cave. (It’s only fair to say that most biographers do not record this stay in a Scottish cave.) Bernard was attracted to the spring by birds, but after some days of drinking the water (which is said to taste like “the washings of foul gunbarrels”, at least once gunbarrels had been invented) the saint was restored to health.

In 1788 Francis Garden, Lord Gardenstone (1721-1793) was so impressed by the well’s effects that he commissioned the circular temple over the wellhouse.
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24 August 2008

Six months….

I’ve been doing this blog now for six months, at least one photopost a day. I have done 210 posts (not counting this one), well over 210 photographs, and from 36 views for the four days of February, the total number of views for six whole months is now 9711. In the first week I did this blog I got 4 views: in this 26th week I’ve had 641 views, and 93 views today. It seems likely that I’ll have my 10,000th view before the end of August. I really appreciate everyone who’s visited, especially people who linked or left comments.

*waves* I’m happy I started doing this. Looking forward to the next six months…

Because the first photo on my blog was the farmer’s market in February, this post should be of the same spot in August:

farmers market

Notice the irony of the Tescos bag? Neither did I till I looked at the photo at home.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Crowds at the farmer’s market.

The US Election Reaches the Farmer’s Market in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Farmers Market

You often see people with flyers and clipboards wanting to get the attention of shoppers at the farmer’s market. But it’s not often you see someone with a clipboard full of sheets that say “Obama for America”. (Of course, someone attempting to sign up voters for McCain would be even more unlikely.) But there he was: wearing a faded green t-shirt that said I’m so excited to be here. (Update: although I recall a faded green, in this photo the t-shirt looks blue. Weird.) From Colorado, originally, a somewhat right-wing state, but said he was hopeful that some of the 250,000 Americans in the UK could be persuaded to register and vote for Obama – he was an official Obama campaign worker, and said this was the first time any Democratic campaign had made an official effort to get Americans living outside the US to register and vote in a Presidential election. Well, good luck, I said: I hope he wins. (I wonder if Avedon Carol knows about this Obama outreach? Usually if I want to find out what ex-pat Americans know about US politics, her Sideshow is where I go…)

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23 August 2008

Strange Sky: red ball

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The Water of Leith with a red ball floating in it

The Water of Leith below the Great Junction Street bridge: very still, reflecting a grim and clouded sky.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Strange Sky, Red Ball and in a 2009 calendar: Strange Sky.

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