Two long exposure shots of the Sky Flier, Christmas market 2018
The New College, home of the School of Divinity part of the University of Edinburgh.
It originally opened its doors in 1846, the architecture is stunning very Hogwarts(ish)
It’s not just Edinburgh’s Old town that has spooky vaults, you can fine one in Gilmerton, about 4 miles southeast of the city. There you will find a wee surprise lurking under the ground.
Gilmerton Cove is a series of underground passageways and chambers hand carved from sandstone, dating from the 18th century. Folklore claims it was the work of an 18th century local blacksmith ‘George Paterson’.
However it’s original use is still a mystery theories claim that it was simply a drinking den for gentry, perhaps a refuge for persecuted Covenanters or smugglers? some even link this site to the Knight Templars (Imaginative folk who haven’t seen a map claim that there could be a secret passage leading to Melrose Abbey)
Similar post as the previous one, walking to work this morning ~07:37 this beautiful atmospheric red sky caught my eye, I had to stop and take this photo to share.
But as the old rhyme says:
Red sky at night, sailors’ delight; Red sky at morning, sailors take warning
Walking to work this morning, this tree in
Princes Street Gardens caught my eye. The colours of the leaves are changing, a nip was in the air autumn has arrived
This is the University of Edinburgh’s New College, located on the mound opened in 1846, it’s now the location of the school of divinity. The spire in the middle is the Hub, Home of the Edinburgh International Festival.
On the left is the statue of John Knox who was responsible for the The Scottish Reformation
Fun fact! In 1999 it was the temporary home of the first Scottish Parliament in nearly 300 year
It’s the last Monday of August, so that means the Festival Fireworks! Episode 2018 – Calton Hill.
I found shooting here difficult as Balmoral’s clock made me think most shots were out of focus, but I’ll let you be the judge, constructive feedback is always welcome.
Full album can be found here
Living in Edinburgh it’s easy to forget that during the month of August, right on your doorstep the largest arts festival in the world is being played out. it’s nice to take some time and wander through the high street to watch some street performers . – or try to, it gets extremely busy.
But they must make decent money, traveling from Australia, Canada, Europe.. That’s not cheap
perhaps I should give up the IT gig, and start juggling stuff on the street corner.
But it’s never August until you see Whips, Chains, Fire and weird contraptions in the city centre
Sometimes one never realizes whats so close.
Chamberlain Road in Bruntsfield there is a little picturesque garden, I pass it often but never venture in.
Today I did, ‘lo and behold’ through the gateway I was surprised to find John Livingston’s tomb.
John Livingston was an apothecary, who acquired land in Greenhill in the 1630’s however he succumbed to the Black Death in 1645, as did much of Edinburgh.
The Tombstone reads
This Saint whos Corps lyes buried heir
Let all posterties admoir
For upright lif in Godly feir.
When judgements did this land surround
He with God was walking found
For which from midst of feirs he’s cround.
Heir to be interred. Both he
And friends by Providence agrie
No Age shall los his memorie.
His age 53 Died 1645
A scroll beats the words “Mors patet, Hora latet” this may be literally translated as “Death Reveals, the hour conceals” but the may mean “Death is sure, the Hour uncertain”