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Burns Night

A little collection of Burnsiana for 25 January. Working backwards, chronologically, a couple of posters currently on show Edinburgh’s Rose Street; a first day cover from 1966; pages from an early Penguin book; the grave of ‘Clarinda’ (Agnes McLehose), and a line from ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, written for her by Burns; and the Burns monument on Calton Hill.

Rose St 2018 01Rose St 2018 02

Burns Stamps 1966

Burns Penguin 1946 1Burns Penguin 1946 2Burns Penguin 1946 3

Burns Clarinda

Burns Monument


Spring on the Canongate

It’s nearly the end of April, and despite ongoing night-frosts and occasional hail, there are signs of spring on the Mile.

Canongate spring John Knox House

The figure on John Knox House pointing towards the sun is lit by the sun.

Robert Fergusson walks beneath a canopy of cherry blossom, which stretches to shadow the board listing the kirkyard’s famous dead.

Canongate spring AWAKE

And a contemporary author knows what time of year it is too.