Sunday, 6 January 2008

The Leith Police Dismiseth Us



I am really getting into this photograph thing. Once again I have to thank my sweet for her nifty lenswork. More on that in a minute. Some of you will no doubt recognise the title. It is a world renowned tongue twister. Try saying it out loud and you will see what I mean. My titles are sometimes witty, or so I like to think, but they are always apt. Leith, although it has it's own identity, is technically a suburb of Edinburgh and is the location of the above building. The question is, or was, where in Leith? It featured in a TV programme a couple of years ago. Part of the series called "Grand Designs". I think that was the name of it. I am sure, you know who, will correct me if I'm wrong! We had both seen the programme and were intrigued by it and wanted to find the building. So on our way to visit Ocean Terminal shopping centre recently we did a bit of house hunting, so to speak. I might be a bit straight laced in some respects but I do have a sense of adventure. And I love a good puzzle. I bought a 1000 piece jigsaw recently entitled "Empty Sky". That was quite a challenge I can tell you. But with the help of a pair of scissors and some glue I finally got it all fitted together. But I digress. We both had our theories about it's location so we tried them first. Nothing. So we had to resort to quartering the whole area. As we passed down Saxe Coburg Street for the second time I happened to glance sideways and got a view of it. We turned into a cul-de-sac (That's French by the way) and there it was. I was so excited that I couldn't resist the temptation to go up to the front door and knock on it. Hester was horrified, she would never do such a thing, but I reckoned the worst that could happen was that they would say "push off", although possibly not in such polite terms! It may not look much from the outside but the interior is exquisite and was rebuilt from scratch. I was keen to see it for myself. As I was standing on the doorstep the local busybody put his head out of his door and said "they're out". No shit Sherlock. I'd never have thought of that. We had little option but to get back in the car and drive off. But we have this one pic and the memory of our successful adventure to savour. Priceless. Hopefully we have many more to come.

10 comments:

cheeky minx said...
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Martyne said...

Sorry for deleting your comment Cheeky Minx. I appreciate your visits and the comments you make are most welcome but the language you used in that one was a bit flowery for my delicate sensibilitys. It is possibly your "time of the month" and I know we can do things that are out of character at this time. I hope there are no hard feelings and I look forward to getting comments from you in future. Sorry again.

hester said...

Oooh cheeky minx what have you said to upset Martyne so?

It was exciting looking for and finding the house. I was and still am horrified at you knocking on the door especially as the resident busybody was watching our every move.
I couldn't get away fast enough lest the Leith police came and arrested us for suspicious behaviour.

cheeky minx said...

I don't know what came over me with the last comment. You were right to delete it.

I too watch Grand Designs and saw the house in question on TV. The inside is indeed spectacular.

ellie said...

I love Grand Designs and I vaguely remember this particular house. They did a show from Belfast too, perhaps I should seek out that property, could be a fun day out.

Martyne said...

Should you ever find yourself in Edinburgh I would be glad to show you the house Ellie. We might then go on to do a bit of "retail therapy" at Ocean Terminal.

Martyne said...

Let me know if you find the house in Belfast. I can't remember that programme but a pic might jog my memory. I hope you have as much fun as Hester and I did tracking down the one here.

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