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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Today I really will try to take that day off. It didn't happen on Monday, which turned into one of my most productive 'working from home' days ever. No, today, I am taking walks. Here is another cool view from my 'hood. This is the Water of Leith, about 20 seconds from my flat (10 seconds if you run). The Water of Leith is a small river that runs right through Edinburgh and following it up through the city is one of our favourite summertime walks. It begins to open up here into the Port of Leith, still in operation, although further out towards sea than it was in the past. A hundred years ago this part of the Water was where the ships ended their voyages, offloading Bordeaux, Whisky, Whale Oil and Whaleskin. The boats pitched there now are an architect's office and a soon-to-be-opened wine bar and restaurant. How things change. That large white ship was once the Indian Princess, a ship that did indeed travel back and forth through the various ports of the British Empire.

It's almost certainly for that reason that there are so many Leiths in the world now. If you want to sail from a Leith somewhere else and arrive in the original Leith, Edinburgh, you can even get your ship repaired at the white Building, George and Sons, the only steelworks and ship-related industry still open on The Shore, the cute name for this cute part of town.

Not always cute - 10 years ago I passed through here. It was a place the prostitutes and pimps dealt with the clients and pushers. Where Irvine Welsh set Trainspotting. The pushers are still here but getting pushed themselves by the young and upwardly mobile - the latest unsavoury bunch to be inhabiting the town's warehouses and luxury penthouse appartments.

Read a full history of Leith - it's better than I can do.

6 Comments:

At 3:01 AM, Blogger Chris said...

You have *snow* - we've had no precipitation for more than a week over here on the west coast!

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger San Francisco Daily Photo said...

This boat on the right looks really interesting in this landscape... (maybe it's the round windows that make me think of art deco which contrasts quite a bit with the architecture of buildings behind it...)

Cool photo, very surprising to me!

Manuel

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Dear Ewan,
Really good image
I hope we can share link
Ciao from Rome Daily Photo

JOE

http:\\romedailyphoto.blogspot.com

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger Ewan McIntosh said...

The contrasts are what Leith is all about!

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger 3rdfloor20 said...

Hey Ewan, this picture made my day, since I have been stuck to the computer for hours now. Nice to see a bright scene like this.

Hard to believe this was where Trainspotting was set. The world changes fast nowadays.

 
At 12:21 AM, Blogger zbjernak said...

really very beautiful...
really nice plce u are staying

 

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