Pinnies and Poppy Seeds on St Mary’s Street

Posted on Apr 22, 2014
Pinnies and Poppy Seeds on St Mary’s Street

This week I sketched this lovely wee shop on St Mary’s Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Turn off the Royal Mile and follow your nose to this delightful wee shop selling scrumptious shortbread in wonderful flavours. By constantly experimenting with new flavours and interesting and creative ideas the wafts of lemon and fresh baking smells are […]

Happy Valentines Day… now spit!

Posted on Feb 14, 2014
Happy Valentines Day… now spit!

The Heart of Midlothian sits outside St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.   St Valentines Day and what better a sketch than that of the heart-shaped mosaic, made from coloured granite and which lies on the spot where once stood a prison and public execution site!   You may well see passers by […]

The Woollen Mill, on the Royal Mile

Posted on Nov 17, 2013
The Woollen Mill, on the Royal Mile

Friday was an excellent day, for a few reasons, one of them being I had plenty of time to sketch this beautiful building on the Royal Mile.   It’s no coincidence The Woollen Mill stands opposite the warm and inviting Starbucks near the Tron Church.  I tweeted the black and whit version on Friday, but […]

Royal Mile wee houses

Posted on Nov 13, 2013
Royal Mile wee houses

More wee sketches from the Royal Mile. This time some of the historic housing on the High Street. These beautiful tall stone structures are a common sight in Edinburgh’s Old Town, and many are rented accommodation for the many tourists who flock to the city each year. Most have shops on the ground level, selling […]

Details drawn from a Royal Mile door

Posted on Oct 11, 2013

This is a close up of a door on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, can you name the building?   A quick sketch on the way in to work this morning of a solid blue door on the High Street. Thick wooden panels with iron studs and bars, surrounded by beautifully sculpted stone work. These […]

Fringe appeal

Posted on Aug 11, 2013

I got in a perfect position to sketch this performer and his captivated audience this week, on the Royal Mile. Now in the middle of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the street is jam packed with street acts performing, fringe acts selling their shows and tourists taking it all in.   I love to find a […]

Rain hiding…

Posted on Jul 29, 2013

Ducking out of the torrential rain today I took refuge (and a delicious cup of coffee) at Cafe Truva on the royal Mile. This place is fast becoming my new coffee local, great beverages and views of the comings and goings on the busy High Street. Although this afternoon the road was more a river […]

Sitting in the sun, admiring the lampshades

Posted on Jul 18, 2013

This sketch is from my lunch stop at Cafe Truva today. The lovely Mediterranean inspired cafe on the Royal Mile is half sheltered from the sunshine under huge pillars. Although not wanting to waste this glorious weather we are having in Edinburgh just now, I sat on the sunny side of the terrace! Note: They […]

Royal Mile dash

Posted on Jul 14, 2013

I was on the Royal Mile today waiting for friends at the corner of North Bridge. This is the beginnings of a sketch looking up the High Street with the restaurant Bella Italian on the right. It was all I had time for, maybe I’ll finish it next time I’m there. Then again maybe not, […]

New chapter for Gibbs Close

Posted on Jun 26, 2013

This is Gibb’s Close on the Royal Mile. Currently the shop on the ground floor is a hive of activity, vans lining the street (I had to pick my moment to sketch well) and inside wires hang from the ceiling and boxes fill the floor space. For Gibb’s Close is in transformation, and by this […]