Daily Journal: 25 October 2016 (Tuesday)

Beautiful morning here in Edinburgh. A little chilly and very sunny – not a cloud in the sky. In the afternoon when the sun in shinning in my flat, that will keep the place warm until sunset, which is now 5:47 p.m. (sunrise is now 8:08 a.m.).

I took a walk this morning to get some more pictures from around the neighborhood. I’ll show the complete collection below with a few explanations. The idea is to show Edinburgh (at least the Stockbridge area) up-close to give a better perspective of what can be seen and appreciated in many of the neighborhoods in Edinburgh. These are things I see as I go to and from the gym, from Comley Bank Row (my street) to the Bannatyne Health Club on Queens Street.  It tried to show the route I walk, but this is close enough – generally walk up Howe Street to Queen Street.

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To reach the Health Club, I walk from my street, Comley Bank Row over to the main street of Stockbridge, Raeburn Place, then up to Howe Street. The name of the street changes along the way, but you would never know it since it looks like one contiguous street. Raeburn Place turns into Kerr Street (after the bridge) and then as it goes up the hill it becomes N.W. Circus Place, then Circus Place, and finally, S.E. Circus Place as it enters Howe Street. Howe Street becomes Queen Street Gardens West just before it intersects with Queen Street.

Just behind Comley Bank Row, there are two Mews streets. A mews is a row of homes that were once carriage homes, now converted into flats. It looks like the bottom half, in some cases, still serve as a garage. I’ve found that some of these buildings are designed to look like a mews street, but were never used to house horses and carriages. Below are some views of two mews streets near me.

Just down the street in Stockbridge, you can purchase fresh meat and game from a local butcher. In this case, from George Bower. This morning he was displaying a pheasant and a rabbit – but generally he displays his wares in the store window.

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Across the street is a fish monger who also displays his catch of the day in the window.  Maybe a little difficult to see, but there is quiet a variety. One day, I saw what looked to be a 40 lbs. fish – not sure what it was, but it was huge.

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And there are green grocers on the street as well.  Quiet a variety of places to buy food in Stockbridge. You can find a food store, of one sort or another, about every 50 feet. I generally shop at the local Waitrose which offers one-stop shopping.

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One interesting feature of Waitrose, is that you get a green token at the check stand. On the way out the door, you can drop the token into one of three plastic charity boxes – the box with the most tokens, gets a donation from Waitrose. There is a brief description of the charity on each of the three boxes. Nice idea!

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Nearby mews streets. You can see the carriage doors on the ground level.

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And I’ve become good at not tripping on the cobblestone streets. Very important, especially at night, to watch where your stepping and to walk heel-to-toe so you don’t catch your step in an uneven brick or paver.

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In Stockbridge, there are a number of places that arrange or manage flat rentals or sales. This is one I pass as I get on Raeburn Place. I also included a typical ad. I’ll have to count up how many in Stockbridge – perhaps close to 10.

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Below is the Stockbridge bridge, built in 1801, and spans the Water of Leith (also below).

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As you walk up to Queen Street, you pass several private parks, that are found in New Town and the West End. The question of who has access is still an open discussion. Each of these private parks are gated and a key is required to enter the park.

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The walk up Howe Street from Stockbridge to the gym is quite a hike. Not sure if the picture below really gives the whole perspective of the climb. I am thankful that after my workout I get to walk down the street.

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To cross most streets, it is helpful to press the walk button. I think some signals will not change unless someone on one of the corners presses the button.

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For those taking buses, the shelters are well-maintained and helpful. (Thankfully, very helpful to those who are new to the bus system. Like me.)  Note that the seat in the bus shelter does not accommodate long-term sitting – or perhaps someone using the narrow bench to sleep overnight, but good enough to rest your legs.

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When I walk by this doorway, find it amusing that some homeowner did not want anyone to use his railing as a place to sit.

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Orange juice can be either smooth or with bits.

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Good sign!  Points out that on Royal Circus, the even numbered address are to the right and the odd numbered addresses are to the left on the other side of the street.

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Benches, like the one shown below, can be found most everywhere. They are also called Memorial Seats or Benches. The one below was dedicated from a father to his daughter who passed away.

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Just as I saw this sign below, I came across a Buggy shop.

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I have more pictures to post, but I’ll include them in tomorrow’s update. Time for dinner – made Shepherd’s Pie.

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