Winchester Abbey

After a few days of rain, the forecast for today was sunny and dry so an outing was promptly planned.  We are currently staying for a few days in Oxford with James’s parents.  There are so many places to visit in this part of the country, but we settled on Winchester which is only an …

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A Boxing Day Stroll

A white Christmas would have been lovely, but if it can’t be white then a Christmas with a little sunshine is a good alternative.  I’m back home at my parent’s house for Christmas again this year and its great to be able to get out of the house for a lovely stroll with the dog …

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Character and Symmetry

Well here is more little set of photos from my trip last month to the US.  Firstly a few from The Town of Little Wolf in Manawa where we rented a cottage for the weekend.  We went off on a walk into town which was only small but had a lot of (almost hidden) character. …

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Autumn Brights

After New York, we headed north-west to visit our good friends, Catherine & John, in Chicago.  From there the four of us headed even further north into Wisconsin.  We rented a lovely cabin right on the lakeside for the weekend.  It was a lovely getaway and break from our city sightseeing. The autumn colours were …

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New York Landscapes

There are so many views from New York that I would like to share, but here are my favourites.  The first is from the High Line pathway – a fantastic reuse of a disused rail line on the western edge of Manhattan.  Then on the right, we spotted this wall art when we ventured off …

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A collection of collections

I must firstly apologise that my blog has been abandoned somewhat over these last few months – I’ve just been busy busy busy!  So now the summer has rushed by and autumn has well and truly set in.  I was, however, lucky enough to recently spend two weeks on annual leave in the US; firstly in …

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Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland is a sculpture park situated a little way outside of Edinburgh.  We visited this weekend and had a great few hours wandering round in the sunshine. Here’s a selection of the sculptures: Landscape with Gun and Tree by Cornelia Parker Life Mounds by Charles Jencks Over Here by Shane Waltener The Light Pours Out …

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Festival Season Begins

It is summer in Edinburgh and that means just one thing – it is festival time! Today Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens hosted hundreds of performers as part of the Carnival to mark the start of the festival season.  Here are a few sights from the afternoon.

Camping in the Borders

Well what a good summer we are having!  I’m hoping the sunshine lasts a good few weeks yet, but we are certainly trying to make the most of it in case our luck runs out soon.  So last weekend, James and I heading down into the Borders for a weekend camping trip.  We stayed at …

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Edinburgh’s New Town

Edinburgh’s New Town was built in stages between 1765 and around 1850.  Princes Street and George Street were the first areas to be developed but later stages extended the New Town towards the north.  Today, whilst running other errands, I managed to get some decent shots of some of these northern New Town’s streets.  The lighting …

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Furry Friends

We had a lovely day out at Cotswold Wildlife Park earlier this week. It’s a great wildlife park where you can get very close to many of the animals. Here are some of my favourites!

Unusual Appeal at Granton Gas Works

Just along from our flat, there is an old disused gasholder.  The Granton History website tells the story of this site.  Most of the site was demolished in the early 2000s, but one of the gasholders was kept alongside the old railway station.  It is actually now a listed building.  I’m sure many would say …

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Lakes and Woods

After my work expedition to Canada, it was great to take a break last weekend and spend a long weekend in the Lake District.  It was made even better by the fact that the sun decided to grace us with its presence. This set of photos are from one particular day when we visit the southern …

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Winnipeg’s Exchange District

My recent work trip to Canada ended in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  This was the first time I had visited the City and I wasn’t sure what to expect of it.  Once there I discovered a really interesting mix of buildings and communities.  The Exchange District was certainly a favourite area of mine.  These two shots show …

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Parliament Hill, Ottawa

At the centre of Ottawa sits the Canadian Parliament buildings.  Parliament Hill includes an series of gothic-style buildings.  At the rear of the building, overlooking the Ottawa River is the library chamber. And this is the Peace Tower which was rebuilt in the early 20th Century after fire destroyed the previous Victoria Tower. I especially …

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Ottawa’s Tulips

A recent work trip took me back to Canada for just over a week.  I landed into Toronto and had a few days there before moving on to Ottawa.  I was lucky enough to get a free weekend to explore Ottawa.  In May they have a tulip festival in the City.  The history of the …

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Old Memories, Revisited

I must have been around 14 years old when a family holiday took us up to Berwick upon Tweed.  We had taken our touring caravan up and stayed on the southern side of the River Tweed on a small campsite looking straight out towards the lighthouse.  I seem to remember it being a fairly rainy …

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Edinburgh Castle

I’ve lived in Edinburgh for almost 5 years now and until today I had never been into the Castle. I’d been up to the Esplanade on a number of occasions (including a visit to watch the Tattoo last year) but never beyond.  Today, however, we donned our hats, gloves and warm coats before jumping on the bus …

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Snowdrops

I realised a few weeks ago that it was the right time of year to see some snowdrops in all their glory.  However, it was only today that we found time to take a trip to Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens and thankfully we hadn’t missed them.  These clusters were in a fairly covered woodland area in the gardens, so …

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Bold Buildings

It feels so encouraging to know that Spring is on its way.  Today was a lovely, fresh day and the sun was shining so a bike ride was high on our priorities.  We didn’t go far – just down to Newhaven Harbour and then around the Western Harbour Development.  On our return the sun was …

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Bright Lights

Okay I promise that this is my last blog post with photos from Vancouver, but I was really keen to share this one.  This photo shows the steam clock in the Gastown area of Downtown Vancouver.  Apparently it is the most photographed view in Vancouver so here’s my addition to the collection! The odd thing …

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Sunshine over Vancouver

I’m not long back from a work trip out to Vancouver.  I was excited about heading over there as Vancouver has been on my “Want to Visit” list for some time.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we were there at quite the right time of year.  I hear summer is excellent but February is rather wet; …

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New Year’s Wander around Oxford

Today brought us a crisp, bright start to January.  We went out for a walk around Oxford – starting at the University Gardens and on to the overflowing river before heading into the city centre.  We all had our cameras at the ready, desperate to make the most of the long-awaited sunshine.  There’s so much to …

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Cadre Noir

I just wanted to share one last highlight of my trip to France last week.  Cadre Noir is home to the French National Riding School and is based just outside of the city of Samaur.  They have one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian display teams.  Visitors can have a tour of their display arena, stables …

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Features of France

Here is Part Deux of my selection of photos from my recent trip to the Loire.  My last post focused on the fields and countryside, so this time I am turning my attention to the built features. The Loire region is scattered with chateaux and abbeys and we chose a handful of the ones nearby to visit. …

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Fields of France

I’ve just been away with my Mom for a few days in the Loire. We were staying on a campsite in the middle of nowhere and spent plenty of time cycling and driving through the countryside.  I might end up doing a couple of blog posts from the trip because I’ve got so many photos …

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A day with the animals

Today, we headed west to meet friends of ours, Catherine and (Dr) John, at Blair Drummond Safari Park.  I’ve been to a few zoos in my time but I can only remember going to one other safari park whilst on a Girl Guiding week-long camp. We had a great day out – the meerkats, sea …

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A Wander through the Forest

This afternoon we headed south to Glentress and while James went off on his mountain bike, I took a leisurely stroll through the forest to see what I could see.  I had been hoping to get some images worthy of entering in Countryfile’s Photography Competition but I don’t think any of these really meet their …

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A Glimpse of Things to Come

We had a lovely visit to the Morningside Makers Market on Saturday which has given me some real inspiration to try to do more with my photographs. We bought a fantastic framed print from one of the ladies – Paper Snapdragon.  She was using her photography but had manipulated it in Photoshop with some interesting techniques – …

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Bo’ness Motor Museum

Bo’ness Motor Museum – my dad’s second sightseeing request for the weekend.  I have to admit though, that once we pulled into the car park, it did take some persuasion to get us to go in.  From the outside you really couldn’t tell quite what you would encounter once you entered!  It turned out to be a …

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Falkirk Wheel Revisited

My mom and dad came to visit this weekend accompanied by two sightseeing request – the Falkirk Wheel and Bo’ness Motor Museum.  James and I enjoyed our trip last year with his parents to the Falkirk Wheel so we were happy to organise a return visit.  The weather wasn’t great when we arrived but it …

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A Bit of Tartan

We recently took a walk along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.  Having been there previously on numerous occasions, I was on the look out for something slightly different to photograph.  Most people were taking shots of the streetscape or buildings.  I decided to focus the lens on some of the tartan goods for sale.

A Drive Along the Coast

This weekend we’ve had some Belgian guests staying with us and we decided to show them some of the Scottish coastline.  We headed north to St Andrews stopping, enroute, at Anstruther and Crail.  We had a good wander round the harbours at both calling points and there was more than enough for us to photograph.

Furrows and Ridges

Every time I visit mom and dad’s new place I get to see the countryside’s changing seasons.  I’ve already photographed autumn and winter down there, but last weekend gave me the chance to take some early springtime shots.  The ploughed fields down the lane immediately caught my eye. Donned with mom’s camera and the dog …

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Views Across the City

This weekend I went to the Egyptian Mummy Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.  Well worth a visit – especially if you get the 2 for 1 entry tickets which are currently on the back of Lothian bus tickets!  Unfortunately photos were not allowed inside the exhibition so you’ll have to go and visit …

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Loch Ore and Loch Leven

In search of an afternoon in the great outdoors, we decided to head north to Loch Ore Meadows Country Park.  It wasn’t until We arrived that I realised I had been there before – about 8 years ago now – for a very memorable sailing lesson. Today we were promptly welcomed by some very friendly …

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A Wander along the Front

I’m sure I’ve said before on this blog how much I like living down on the front overlooking the Firth of Forth.  There is always something going on and people to watch on the beach.  Yesterday, James and I set out for a wander along the front with two aims in mind.  First and foremost …

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Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle sits behind a high stone wall.  We’ve often passed it in the car and wondered what exactly was hidden beyond the wall.  Today we decided to go and find out.  We arrived promptly in time for the 2pm tour around the house.  The last owner of the house, Mrs Reid, left it to …

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An Outing to Bletchley Park

Whilst staying with James’s family over the Christmas Holiday, we took a trip over to Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes.  Bletchley Park was one of the British centres at which teams were tasked with decrypting the coded German messages during World War Two.  New codes were used on a daily basis so this was a never …

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Keeping my eyes open

I think it’s pretty easy to stop seeing the interesting things and colours around you. I mean, when you go away somewhere new you are always looking out, eyes open, for what’s around you, but we forget to do that so much when you are in a more familiar place. Recently I took my camera …

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Old Buses

This weekend was Doors Open Days in Edinburgh.  It’s a fantastic way to see places the public aren’t usually allowed to go in to.  We decided to visit the Lothian Buses Open Doors Event which was held at their depot in Annandale Street.  It was a fantastic opportunity to see the insides and outs of …

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Weekend in Arran

I’ve been living in Scotland for a good few years now and probably haven’t explored the country as much as I should have done.  This weekend, however, we got organised and headed over to Arran.  It’s a great destination for a weekend away because it’s not too long a journey from Edinburgh, but the Ferry …

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Festival Goings On

With not much to do with my Saturday afternoon (until 7:10 when the new series of Dr Who started) and the Festival Fringe almost drawing to a close, I decided to take my camera up to the Royal Mile and see what sights I could spot.  I went up to the Royal Mile last year, …

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Back to the Botanics

The Botanic Gardens always provide some great photographic opportunities.  Today I went along with my parents who were up visiting for a weekend of festival activities.  They wanted to get some inspiration for their new garden so we headed straight to the alpine garden section of the Botanics. Considering it was quite breezy, I was …

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A Walk in the Park

James dragged me out for some fresh air, a walk in the park & some geocaching this afternoon.  All very successful apart from the geocaching which we failed to find! I took the camera along and got a few shots which i’ve been having a play around with. Another regal lion statue to go with …

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München & Nürnberg

Last week we had a wicked weekend away in Germany for a friend’s wedding.  Unfortunately there aren’t any wedding photos in this blog post – my DSLR didn’t quite match the outfit I had chosen to wear!  I am, however, just popping a few on here which I took whilst in Munich and Nuremburg. On …

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Day out along the Coast

I’ve recently been hearing a lot of good things about North Berwick, so when deciding where to go for a fun day out it was at the top of my list.  Its only about 40 minutes down the coast from Edinburgh but we’d never thought to visit before.  I think we’ll definitely be going back! …

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