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This will run and run. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the number of student developments in the city. I stumbled onto this yarnbomb and checked out the background to the application. Which is pretty appauling. The developer not content with 240 units in a high density area in their plans this open space is designated as a ‘student park’. Considering the struggle in the 19th century to provide open spaces for people to enjoy in the city I’m disgusted at the idea of a private park being introduced into the city. As disgusted at the Craighouse development which is proposed as a ‘gated community’. Greener Leith has a posting which suggests that the developer may be backpedaling. However on the Edinburgh Council’s Planning Portal the documents have the words ‘student park’ marked on the plans.

fyi The first yarnbomb is ‘More Social Housing Fewer Bloody Students’ and the second ‘Keep Public Spaces Public No to Private Student Parks’


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.

jan2015 074 jan2015 072 jan2015 073As I’ve been off work for a week- I have been indulging in comfort crafting. Comfort crafting is crafting to play with colour. Luckily the found ball of sock yarn lurking under bed was combined with 2 other balls to make a rather cheery granny shawl. Progress has also been made on repairing and upscaling a blanket for a nephew and a few squares for Knit-a-Square out of oddments. The only problem is that I’m running out of suitably soothing radio / tv programmes on the iplayer to zonk out of.



(c) BRIDGEMAN; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

I’m day 11 of the lurgy. A friend confidently predicted that by Thursday I’d be feeling better. However I ventured out today to the supermarket lemons and coffee were running low. I made it back and felt wiped. So back to small comforts, filling a red tin teapot with lemon, ginger, syrup and hotwater, ill crafting  – a granny shawl made from one ball of sock yarn found under the bed, one bought on my last trip out to a lunch and another plain yellow ball found while ferreting about in a bag. I’ve watched all the free Midsomer Murders I can find on the iplayer. Now to find something suitably undemanding for this evening.

chaiselongDuring the winter months I’m posting a #scottishcolourist of the day to twitter and Facebook sign up if you want at least one cheery image most days. Currenly they are mostly Anne Redpath’s the one above is The Yellow Sofa (though it looks like a chaise long to me). I’ve been doing lots of work on my flat recently, cleaning, tidying, and chucking out I’d love to end up with something like the above. But flower pieces tend to be eaten by the cat and my chronically untidy ways must be battled constantly.


jan2015 060 jan2015 056 jan2015 057 jan2015 058 jan2015 059 jan2015 066 jan2015 061 jan2015 062 jan2015 063 jan2015 064 jan2015 065So on my last trip south I picked a late train back to Scotland – 4.30pm at Kings Cross. In theory I had plenty of time to get from Cambridge first thing. However… there was an ‘incident’ at Audley End and as it was the train in Kings Cross took an hour and a half. I Got myself to the V&A on the Picadilly Line (stopping off to use facilities at St Pancras – top tip – free!) and made it to the V&A about 11.45. After dumping my luggage, realising the exhibition i wanted to see had closed the day before, bought some postcards I just made my way straight to the cafe, clutching a map and a whats on guide. Deciding that a bit of sustenance and a sit down would help my frazzled self. Lunch lets not beat around the bush is ‘London prices’ a pork chop and one side was £12. But even if you are broke do set aside some thing for a cup of tea or coffee just so you can sit in the magnificent William Morris designed cafe. Three quite different rooms in style.




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