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Pinnies and Poppy Seeds on St Mary’s Street

Pinnies_ColourThis 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 worth the visit alone!


‘We want to bring the fun and excitement back to shortbread!’ says owner Jennifer. Stop by and have a look, and a sniff soon, and look out for the new EdinburghSketcher canvas bags soon to be on sale there too!



  • Pinnies and Poppy Seeds website



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A post box sketch

Postbox2013This is a busy time for post boxes as the nation takes to snail mail to send there greetings cards and parcels in the run up to Christmas.


Today is the first of the ‘last recommended posting dates for UK letters and parcels’ before Christmas. Now is also the only time of year I would stand in line outside a post office.


While I waited for it to open this morning, first in a steadily growing queue on St Mary’s Street, I used my time wisely and sketched the post box outside.


The GR near the base dates this box as being erected within the time of King George V, 1910-1936. The G stands for George and the R for Rex, which is King in Latin. If you were wondering.


More final dates for UK letters and parcels:

Wed 18th Dec – 2nd class

Fri 20th Dec – 1st class

Mon 23rd Dec – Special delivery guaranteed



  • Post office website


Colour of the Circus

CircusCafeWindowTonight’s sketch is a colourful number from a cafe on St Mary’s Street. I popped into ‘Circus’ for a cup of tea and sat near the rear of the bright and colourful bistro looking out over their lovely wee courtyard.

Unfortunately the sky was full of showers on the day but I imagine on another it would be a great little sun trap.

From the card I picked up on the way out I can see the cafe is full of activity; workshops, live music, art exhibitions and more. Pop in for a look and a bite to eat, and if the sun is shining I could well be sketching in the courtyard 🙂