Handily downstairs from the Warburton Gallery- Stag Cafe who run the great cafe at The Doocot have opened up a branch. Here is delectable homemade soup (lentil and coconut for £4 with bread) and a wide range of luscious cakes including gluten free. As it was pancake day the day I went – there was a pancake layer cake on that day.
The Warburton Gallery is in India Buildings on Victoria St. An amazing space well worth popping into to check out if you are in town. And handy for the Central Library. The Warburton Gallery is an organisation that specialises in taking over underused buildings and turning them into arts spaces.
In howling winds (the bus was rocking!) made my way to Bert’s Bar for crafty meet up. My first in 3 or 4 weeks my usual routine derailed by lurgy and travel. A fine sprinkling of crafts including some yarn spun by one, a Kaffe Fassett knitalong, crocheting a string bag, and a crochet scarf for a giraffe. Granny Greens progamme here. Check out Ravelry for local groups to you.
On Sat I skipped the farmers market due to getting up very late and still feeling very grim. I went up to Loudens on Fountainbridge to have a brunch out instead in the company of the FT. Good thing too as I saw this. Student accommodation being built by private developers sounds benign until you discover a) the rents that are being charged for studio flats (£600-880 pcm) so for rich students only b) the quality of the housing stock we have in Edinburgh is going down the pan c) come areas are approaching well over 50% student population meaning a disinterested transient group begins to dominate and d) the developers are using this to sneak in even more holiday lets during the summer and xmas. The Cockburn Association covers this well here.