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RBGE

A couple of weeks ago at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Scales tipping into autumn.

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Jupiter Artland

Some photos from our first visit to Jupiter Artland, in mid-August. Since then I’ve been volunteering here one day a week, invigilating the summer exhibitions in the indoor galleries. It’s a lovely place to work (and visit); a perfect symbiosis of art and the outdoors.

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Little Sparta

In early August we paid a visit to Little Sparta, the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay. The garden is reached by a farm track which leads to a secluded spot on the edge of the Pentland Hills. It was designed by the late artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, and became a long-term project after […]

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Scald Law

This afternoon we slogged up Scald Law, the tallest hill in the Pentlands. It was worth it for the views, the fresh air and the flask of coffee and banana cake at the top; not to mention the sense of relief and satisfaction on reaching the cairn at the summit.

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Threave Garden & Estate

Threave Garden & Estate is managed by the National Trust for Scotland. It features a large 19th-century house, gardens which are maintained by horticultural students, and a nature reserve which features an osprey nest and a ruined castle. We didn’t see any ospreys, but it was a nice walk nonetheless. The gardens themselves are next […]

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Musselburgh

Today has been a wet, grey day. But we still managed to go for a walk along the coast from Musselburgh, and have ice cream by the harbour. At low tide there were hundreds of gulls, waders, swans and ducks on the shore and in the sea. At one point, a helicopter flew over, and […]

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Kippford and Rough Island

Photographs from Kippford and Rough Island, which can be reached at low tide via a causeway across the estuary.

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Galloway Forest Park

Scenes from the Galloway Forest Park, early August.

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Sandyhills

Our summer holiday this year was in Dumfries and Galloway, in the south-west corner of Scotland. We booked it before the pandemic took hold, and it turned out to be one of the best places we could have chosen in the circumstances. It’s often referred to as Scotland’s ‘best kept secret’, as so many tourists […]

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Craigie’s Farm

Picking summer fruits at Craigie’s Farm near Queensferry. A favourite childhood activity revisited.