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‘Jousting Spectacular!’ at Linlithgow Palace

LinlithgowKnights I had an excellent time today at ‘Jousting Spectacular!’ at Linlithgow Palace. Super sunny vibe around the place and very funny commentator on the PA. Well done Historic Scotland and all involved. It’s on again tomorrow (Sun, 6th July) so ‘charge’ along if you can.

I’m off out in the Edinburgh sunshine now to take photos of my sketches from the day. More to come here soon


Tattoo arrives at Edinburgh’s Castle Wynd Steps

CastleWyndStepsThere is a iron structure growing out of the Edinburgh Castle ramparts.

If you look up towards Castle Rock just now no doubt you will see a number of cranes reaching up to the sky. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is coming to Edinburgh once again and with it the mighty structure of metal work which will play host to a 1000+ cast as the 65th tattoo celebrates Homecoming.


This view shows the start of the seating going up in the castle esplanade from the Castle Wynd Steps. Over 200,000 people will attend the tattoo this August and I am particularly excited as for the first time I will be amongst them.


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo website

Just a glimpse

They don’t all work out. This is a glimpse of the Castle through a housing estate from my journey to work.
This view caused me to stop my bike and pull out the pad. I liked the old of the castle with the new of the housing estate.
I’m not so pleased with the result, a little lob sided, a little messy and unfinished. But the daily sketch is what ever result I get that day, I’ll come back to draw this view another day, with a little more time.

Rain in the city

Morning sketch fans, more rain showers forecast for today across the city so I thought I’d draw a photo I took from the bus a couple of weeks ago when a monsoon like downpour hit Edinburgh. Here we are at the top of Leith Street turning onto Princes Street, before heading left on to the North Bridge.

Have fun dodging the showers today 😉

Anyone know who the statue of the horse and rider is for…?