Open Doors 2013

Lovely end of summer outing last weekend, Edinburgh doors open day. This was a lovely way to spend the beginning of autumn, wandering round lovely outdoor spaces in the City. I decided to pick a few things in close proximity, like a true Edinburger trying to pack in as much culture as I possibly could. We started at a garden extension just off Belford road near the water of Leith, a grand old house with a modern link to the garden space. There was a cute old tree house there too. Next was the Dean Gardens that run alongside the water of Leith near the Stockbridge end of the waterway, huge private terraced walkways, which travel under and round the amazing Dean bridge, a truly awesome structure built by Thomas Telford. After that a jaunt over to the Stockbridge allotments, incorporating a lovely modern communal hut/shed. Then a quick look at the St Bernards well from inside and out…followed by a look at 3 Rothesay Terrace a fab building that originally was the home of the founder of the Scotsman newspaper, Mr John Ritchie Findlay, and is now a gorgeous posh B+B fully restored to its former glory. The breakfast room had an amazing balcony with breathtaking views over the Dean village, and we got to have a wee coffee in the cosy galleried library lounge…a nice bonus.

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