‘Normal service’ soon to be resumed
The last 12 months have been an ordeal for most of us - one way or the other – but with over half the adult population now having received the first of two vaccine jabs, it seems clear that the country will soon see off this dreadful Covid-19 and we can look forward to a reasonably normal summer, as long as we exercise common sense and no dangerous coronavirus variants occur.
So, looking on the bright side, this issue is packed full of things you can read about, then go out and enjoy for yourself.
If you’ve never been to Ravelston Woods, a walk at this time of year will be rewarded with a tremendous showing of bluebells, and for those interested in geology, some of the sandstone outcrops are fascinating if you know what to look for. Newington Cemetery (or Necropolis, as it was originally called) is a tranquil leafy haven amid the urban din and has some interesting ‘residents’ including Arnaud Massy, the first foreign golfer to win the British Open (in 1907). Plus, there’s a host of beautiful private gardens across Edinburgh and the Lothians once again welcoming in the public, all in aid of charity. And as usual the displays of Rhododendrons at the Botanics are a joy to behold.
All this plus the austere beauty and history of St Andrew’s House on Regent Road, the strange case of Agnes King who died of arsenic poisoning in 1924 and some beautifully observed 1960s-80s monochrome images of Edinburgh residents.
Finally, as I write, the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh has just taken place. By any measure Prince Philip’s contribution to our nation and the Commonwealth was quite remarkable, and we won’t see his likes again. A tribute appears on pages 40 and 41.
I hope you enjoy this issue.
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Front Cover: Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Royal Botanic Garden at Inverleith
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Ravelston Woods festooned with bluebells
St Andrew’s House Art Deco gem on historic site
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme local gardens open for charity
Newington Necropolis a verdant urban haven
Rhododendrons at Inverleith
Death in Wester Coates 1924 murder mystery Duke of Edinburgh a life of duty
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