I used to belong, quite a long time ago to the Scottish Arts Club which was tucked around behind the Caledonian Hotel at the west end of Princes Street. More recently I have become a member of the Society of Authors which is based in London. Earlier this year I was in the Caledonian for a wine tasting; the place has recently under gone a bit of a re-vamp. Much of Edinburgh indeed seems to be having a re-vamp and at long last as far as sorting out Waverley Station and constructing the tram line the light at the end of the tunnel does appear now to be in sight.
With so many tourists in the centre of Edinburgh at the moment I find myself looking at the city through their eyes and when I have friends visit from abroad it’s always hard deciding what to show them. The National Gallery with lunch there is popular for me and my partner. At the moment the Cairo to Constantinople photography exhibition in the Queen’s Gallery at Holyrood beckons. The National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Botanical Gardens are good too: indeed there is plenty that is excellent.
As well as the Royal Botanical in Edinburgh there are of course Benmore, Logan and Dawyck all of which are good and plenty of others which I am sure are good but I haven’t yet been to. Anyway, this last weekend my partner suggested we visit the garden at Little Sparta. I’d never heard of it. The garden is far more than a garden it is a setting for the works of Ian Hamilton Finlay. I was absolutely blown away by the visit and the fusion of poetry, stone and nature was just brilliant.