Jon and I went for a walk to Leith today – a part of Edinburgh that used to be the home of the docks.
We walked from our flat along the Water of Leith walkway – it is part of the Sustrans National cycle network.
The walk is very pretty and particularly scenic at the moment because it is autumn
As we arrived in Leith we discovered poems etched in the pavement – which I think are Robert Louis Stevenson’s
And some interesting panels depicting
Leith’s industrial history
I can’t find out who produced these, the poems are a bit gruesome
When we arrived at the dock – which has been completely renovated- there are lots of
new flats. However there are still some original features . For example an old windmill tower that was built in 1686
I spotted a large graffiti like face on a wall by a bus stop whilst ordering coffee- it is by Russell Dempster – of Edouardo Paolozzi – which was painted on four panels and hand finished on site
I also liked the window display in the Collins art gallery – it was lively and funky with lots of colour and some Kitch seagulls – I think the ceramics is by Ronnie Crombie and the paintings by Ritchie Collins ( I am really into seagulls at the moment )