On the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, lies the Heart of Midlothian.
Visitors to Edinburgh will often notice people spitting on the Heart. A tolbooth (prison) stood on the site, where executions used to take place. The heart marks its doorway: the point of public execution. Some people spit on the Heart. Although it now said to be done for good luck, it was originally done as a sign of disdain for the former prison. The spot lay directly outside the prison entrance, so the custom may have been begun by debtors on their release.
Walking to work, I spied this lonely boot, by the side of the alley way. Why just one? I wondered about its owner all day.
Submitted to the Photo Friday challenge ‘One‘.
I had double luck earlier this year – my parents came to stay and looked after our son while we had a rare night away at a secret location (my wife is much better at keeping surprises than I am).
The secret location turned out to be the Turnberry hotel on the Ayrshire coast. Apparently well known if you are a golfer, it’s a wonderful 1920’s style hotel, with the best breakfast buffet I have ever had – whisky and cream on your porridge or a Buck’s Fizz with your cooked breakfast of local specialities? As I was due to drive home I avoided the alcohol, but the view out towards the golf course and beach was fantastic, and we decided to go for a good walk before we left.
I was drawn towards the lighthouse. They are functional, but often beautiful structures, and seem to symbolise mankind’s battle against the elements.
The beach was deserted, apart from a lone horse rider, and we enjoyed just listening to the waves break.
There was a lot of gorse just behind the sand. Not only was it an incredibly bright hue of yellow, but it gave of a strong scent of coconut. Wonderful!
A shop display on Multrees Walk, Edinburgh. The first thing I noticed was no prices on display! I’m glad I mostly wear hiking shoes.
A room with a view,
And no-one to worry us,
No one to hurry us through
This dream we’ve found.
– A Room With a View, Noel Coward
To my girl, on our third wedding anniversary.
I find these warning signs almost comical in the way they portray electrocution. I also managed to trip over a “Warning floor may be slippery” sign today.