Its the penultimate day of the festival, so lets play with fire on the mound…
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”
Red sky at night, sailors’ delight (whatever that means).
Rhymes aside, nature is beautiful, There is something magical about such a sunset, we always take time to appreciate it.
It’s been 27° in Edinburgh, the weather is broken can someone turn it off and on again.
It’s started, the festival season – the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off with a Cavalcade through the city center
This was actually last Sunday, but again one has procrastinated to much recently
Holyrood park, in the shadow of Arthur’s seat, the wee baby thistle’s are beginning to bloom. – and it’s only a short walk to the city centre.
The restoration of the beautiful Ross Fountain is now complete! Water flows freely for the first time in eight years. Now sporting its new colour of a bluish-green and copper moving away from it’s all gold colour, paying homage to its sister fountain of Fontaines de la Concorde in Paris.
Ross Fountain was produced at the iron foundry of Antoine Durenne in Sommevoire, France, standing at it’s current position in West Princes street gardens since 1872
Happy to see it fully working again
The 29th annual Stockbridge duck race! Hundreds of wee rubber duckies racing down the water of Leith. (All done for charity).
I like to pretend that the ducks are alive and super competitive racing hard to the end. 😃
Photos aren’t that great, as the wall of the bridge is high and I’m wee 😉
Another beautiful day out, and Jings it’s warm!
Edinburgh has a lot of green open space. Princes street Gardens, I also was sitting under a tree in the shadow of the castle, watching the world go by, it’s a very popular place and It’s awfy Bonny.
But it Wouldn’t have always been like this, up until the 19th century this was the castles northern-defence – aka the Nor’ Loch, and by all accounts a disgusting cesspool – it was polluted with wastage and where the guilty(?) were punished.
Sweltering hot day in Edinburgh today,
This was taken on Portobello beach at 2300hrs, still some folk on the beach and still t-shirt weather.