Sunday, 27 June 2010

Last day of school

My daughter's school finished for the year on Friday. The school pipe band is an essential part of prizegiving day. Holidays, sunshine and pipes and drums. What more could you want?

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Skywatch Friday - the long evenings

The long June evenings are here, and it's hard to go to bed, even when you know you've got an early start next day. One of the things I'll look forward to when I (eventually) retire is enjoying everything about the month of June. Especially the almost round the clock daylight. I'll savour every minute of these long days, and hibernate in the winter.

In the meantime, the sunset on 21 June drew us down to the sea at Newhaven Harbour. These shots were taken around 10.30 p.m. It was actually lighter than it appears - if I'd had a newspaper with me I could have read it quite comfortably.

More skies from around the world are at Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Skywatch Friday - cloud chasing

Yesterday I chased these ribs of clouds all the way to work. Seen first of all above an allotment site that borders the Water of Leith walkway:

For the next while, 10 minutes on the flat through a green tunnel of trees, I lost them. Emerging from the trees near Canonmills, my cloud ribs were behind me, and I thought that was the last I'd seen of them.

15 minutes later, after the long pull up Broughton Street, I saw them in front of me beyond the towers of St Paul's and St George's church. Losing definition, but still together in formation.

Another uphill stage, 5 minutes of fast walking past John Lewis and up towards Princes Street:

By this time they're beyond the Victorian grandeur of the Balmoral Hotel, heading south.

Up on to North Bridge, and the castle and Royal Mile skyline set the cloudscape off beautifully:

On the last long pull up North Bridge, I've lost my cloud ribs among a whole family of them.

More skies around the world are at Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

The wedding photographer

A wedding photographer at work last Saturday outside St Andrew's and St George's Church of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

12 kuvaa /photos - my walk to work June

"So, some tempestuous morn in early June,
When the year's primal burst of bloom is o'er,
Before the roses and the longest day -
When garden-walks and all the grassy floor
With blossoms red and white of fallen May
And chestnut-flowers are strewn-
So have I heard the cuckoo's parting cry,
From the wet field, through the vext garden-trees,
Come with the volleying rain and tossing breeze:
The bloom is gone, and with the bloom go I!"

from 'Thyrsis', by Matthew Arnold (1886)

Visit the 12 kuvaa/photos series for more changing views throughout the year.









Monday, 7 June 2010

The Maisie expedition - part 2

Doesn't it gladden your heart to see an independent bookshop? I had to buy the Giveaway copy of 'Maisie comes to Morningside' as close to Morningside as I could get, and that meant The Children's Bookshop in Bruntsfield Place. Have a look at their website for the bookshop, and also for their publishing arm, Fidra publishers, which specialises in reprinting children's books for a new audience.

One title in particular in their window display caught my eye. If you're a Scottish child who plays the bagpipes, you need to find somewhere to practise that won't disturb the neighbours:

And just as I was getting on the number 23 to wend my way back to Canonmills, I spied this bit of Scottish life which I had to capture. Even tho I was stepping onto the bus and the driver was enquiring whether I wished to avail myself of the opportunity to travel at that moment ("Are ye gettin on the bus then, hen?").

Saturday morning + wedding season = kilts in the streets.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

The Maisie expedition - part 1

What other way to travel on my expedition to buy 'Maisie comes to Morningside' for my Occasional Giveaway than by the number 23 bus. I had intended to take it from the terminus in Trinity, beside the Firth of Forth, up to the hills of Morningside. But time was against me, as it generally is at the moment (and hence the delay in posting this). So instead I started at Canonmills. Does anyone else remember when the Edinburgh bus stop signs had a little grid into which the bus numbers were slotted on small metal plates? As a child visiting Edinburgh on holiday I used to long to have the job of going round the city changing the wee numbers. Not that they ever seemed to change in those days.

Here's the 23, lumbering round the clock at Canonmills.

On up Dundas Street. The red bar is the handrail across the front upstairs window. Of course I was sitting in the front seat.

The Mound and the Castle, looking summery:

And so to Morningside, looking south to the Pentland Hills and the zig zag of the dry ski slope at Hillend:

Tomorrow - the bookshop, and a little bonus at the end of the expedition.


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