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Part of an ongoing series ‘Furniture of Leith’

Can’t help thinking it’s a metaphor for my life – too often I feel like a broken orange sofa. Though I wonder if this one is making a bid to be a chaise longue?

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Yesterday I went to a totally engaging study day on Archibald Burns at the Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddles Court.

Burns took photographs before and during improvements to Edinburgh Old Town in the 19th Century. Using dry plates very slow exposure of up to four minutes at a time. After some background  in the morning and looking at examples of his work after lunch we did a loop walk down the High St, St Mary’s Street, Cowgate, Guthrie St then back to Cowgate and up Victoria St then nipping up the stairs to West Bow. This way we were able to fix the location of the photographs we’d seen in the morning in their physical location.

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Holga – I’m a bit of a station spotter. I love the Victorian stations of the UK. On this recent trip I was stuck in York for an extra 40 mins and was happy to be taking photos. Sadly my elderly computer doesn’t seem to read digital memory cards anymore….