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Yesterday I stopped off in Gayfield Square (most famous for Gayfield Square Police Station and Inspector Rebus) to enjoy the blossom. There isn’t really much out at the moment. Crocuses seem to have been and gone.jan2015 207jan2015 208

I then turned off the Square to have a keek at Gayfield House. I have I confess a weakness for  little Georgian Houses. When I was growing up a family friend lived in the most darling one on Bernard’s Row and I’m afraid its now seared into my mind as the most perfect of abodes. Beautifully proportioned. This poor dear went through a bad time of it before being rescued and is somewhat beset by ugly neighbours.

jan2015 136jan2015 133 jan2015 132 jan2015 131 jan2015 134I had an errand on Broughton St last week (I had to visit Kathy’s Knits one of the many yarn shops which have sprung up in the past few years in the city to get a present). I found a picture of Chinese Buddliea growing errantly and I popped into the Printmakers Studio where I was able to buy a card for another friend’s birthday and look through the viewing window onto the workspace. I licked my lips at the bottles and bottles of ink colour. I’m afraid that the city is desperately gray here.

 

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This is my second bought of illness this winter… on the whole compared to others I’ve been lucky. Touch wood. Unfortunately as I’ve got to do my work on a phone I can’t work until my cough has abated.  I’m trying to use the time productively – taking part in Minimal February. Though the things I’ve discarded are piling up by the door. I’m avoiding going out until I really have to so my chest has time to recover. I’m also crocheting a granny shawl scarf from one ball of   sock yarn found under my bed. Tidying and decluttering does have some benefits. I call this comfort crafting perched in bed with blankets piled up and Miss F stomping in and out.

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I’m trying and failing to make up for a lack of housework over the last one and a half months. I mean the basics have been done, clean clothes and clean dishes. But the backlog! i’ve scrubbed ineffectually at the shower.. this will be done again tomorrow I’m sure. Thrown a load of washing on, and thrown out two bags of rubbish. And and slowly gathering together recycling. I try and do as much before the light goes here as I really don’t like doing ANYTHING once its dark. Just to let you know that over on my facebuik page I’m trying to post one cheery Scottish Colourist picture a day. Currently its all Anne Redpath.

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Almost the last event of Hogmanay meet some fellow #blogmanay bloggers for a drink at the Monument Bar. Warmed up with a hot drink and admired the skaters. Beautiful moon of Edinburgh but pics did not do justice to it.

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Last stop on Scot:lands was the Hebcelt event in McEwan Hall. At this point I was utterly knackered and impressed by the bairns dance off which was taking place in the large central space!

#blogmanay is brought to you by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and is supported byETAG,EventScotland,VisitScotland,and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced byUnique Events. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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