Saturday, 31 May 2008
The building in the background is called Minto House; it originally consisted of a church (to the right) and a large residence (to the left). It is owned by the University and houses the subjects of Architecture and History of Art. Directly opposite Minto House is the Royal Museum, now closed (see 17 May).
Friday, 30 May 2008
Thursday, 29 May 2008
To demonstrate the point I made about the castle on 26 May, here's a picture from the Grassmarket to show that it really does sit on a pretty impressive bit of rock! The Grassmarket itself - known for its quaint shops, pubs and 'vibrant' wildlife on a Friday and Saturday night - is being partly pedestrianised in a bid to make more of its picturesque character (hence the digger and roadworks).
After I took this photo I walked on past the second-hand bookshops in the west end of the Grassmarket, when I noticed this print in the window of an antiquarian printseller (apologies for the reflections but the picture was taken rather surrepticiously to avoid conflict with the owner):
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Yesterday was a gorgeous day in Scotland and a bank holiday for some. With the benefit of the sunshine I returned to Newhaven Harbour for a few pictures of some of the boats moored there. Apparently it's quite cheap to have a boat at Newhaven because there is only a small window of opportunity at high tide to manoeuvre out of the narrow opening next to the lighthouse (see photo of 13 May). And as you can see, low tide means really low water here!
Monday, 26 May 2008
Sunday, 25 May 2008
This picture was taken from our friends' fourth floor flat in the north of Edinburgh, looking south-east. If you were to continue turning to the right (so facing south) you'd see the city centre and the castle - so come back for tomorrow's view part two!
Saturday, 24 May 2008
The Eurovision Party is a time-honoured tradition at our friends' house - if 'your' country gets 12 points you hit the Skittle vodka (yes, that's really vodka with red or green sweeties dissolved in it...). See above for the poor sod who drew Russia - though the combination Armenia - Azerbaijan also earned a respectable amount of shots!
Friday, 23 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
The former Bank of Scotland building on the Mound (see below) forms a distinctive part of the skyline of Edinburgh's Old Town. Now the headquarters of HBOS, it was completely refurbished not too long ago - with stunning effect. One of the most immediately visible changes was the removal of a mezzanine floor in the main Hall, which resulted in the exposure of the ceiling above.
Monday, 19 May 2008
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Friday, 16 May 2008
Mrs Elizabeth (Johnstone) Hall, Newhaven fishwife