June 6th 2018

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Dog. NOT a wild dog…

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Blue Tit fledgling. I saw it leave the hole-in-the-wall nest and rest for a while as it probably wondered; “Okay I’m out. What do I do now?” It then got into protective cover. Then it slowly got higher by hopping and fluttering using a dead hedge, a twig then the tree trunk and onto a branch. The parents came to feed it and they led it off into the main cemetery…

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A different Blue Tit nest hole. This is in the ‘roof’ of the Peddie monument…

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Poppy, buttercups and other flowers given a Photoshop angle…

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Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker…

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Speckled Wood butterfly from below. Can you ‘spot’ it?…

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Two crane Flies ‘dancing’…

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June 4th 2018.

1; Gargoyle at the Adam Black memorial.
2; Part of the catacombs structure.
3 & 4; Blue tit exiting nest entrance.
5 & 6; Bumblebee. Possibly a tree bumblebee. It is joined by a fly.

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May 30th and 31st 2018.

Flowers and a small bee, great tit with food for young, great tit posing on a stone, great spotted woodpecker at an interesting angle, caterpillar suspended from an overhanging tree branch by a silken ‘thread’, bluebells, song thrush, various views, blue tit emerging from nest hole, buttercups, dandelion. Click on an image to view a larger version. This opens in a new tab/page.

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April 2018 Round-up.

Various days in April 2018.

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April 1st…

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April 2nd…

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April 6th…

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April 7th…

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April 8th…

Two new volunteers joined us today, so here’s a before-and-after of some of their work. The third stone had a lot of moss on it, but now it’s legible…

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April 9th…

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April 14th…

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April 15th…

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April 19th…

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Treecreeper gathering nest material…

 

April 20th…

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April 21st…

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April 22nd…

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April 24th…

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April 27th…

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April 30th…

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“In Loving Memory Of”; an update.

The campaign has entered its last week. With only a few days left, and still a lot to go, please pledge and spread the word! (If you have any problems with payment, please contact Natalia or The friends of Warriston Cemetery through this page or via FaceBook.)

In Loving Memory Of” is a short creative documentary about Warriston Cemetery, a hidden gem in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. It is a magical, secret garden, walled, overgrown with ivy and full of life. The film features the Friends of Warriston Cemetery whose mission is to uncover some of the forgotten Victorian treasures. The story was developed through the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap programme. Now in filming stage, but we need your help with post-production costs!

Natalia is an independent filmmaker who is raising funds in order for her film to be completed to a high standard. A project such as this requires a professional post-production team including editor, colourist, sound designer and composer. There is also rental of sound recording equipment and facilities to pay for as well as the likes of promotional material and festival entry fees etc.

You can view Natalia’s campaign and pledge here…

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-loving-memory-of#/

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“In return for your pledge you get perks like a personal tour of the cemetery (plenty of secrets to tell) or an original photo print of the place in its full beauty.”

National Cemeteries Week: 12th to 20th May 2018

Guided tour.

As part of National Cemeteries Week, the Friends of Warriston Cemetery will be offering a guided tour on Thursday 17th May 2018.

Meet at the Main Gate at 2.30pm.

Cost: £5 (but free to paid-up members).

Please wear appropriate footwear!

To book a place, contact friendsofwarristoncemetery@gmail.com

Other local cemeteries, eg Dean and  Morningside with more to follow, will be taking part also.

Click this link to see more… www.cemeteryfriends.com

 

March 2018 Round-up.

Various days in March 2018.

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March 1st…

Snow and more snow.

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The same stone photographed over three days; February 26th, February 28th and March 1st….

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March 3rd. Brief video of snow/hail in the Secret garden…

 

March 7th…

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March 8th…

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March 9th…

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March 12th…

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March 21st…

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Video featuring some of the Warriston cemetery bird life. Segments; a) great spotted woodpecker, b) blue tit, c) robin, d) two blue tits, e) robin.

 

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March 27th…

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“In Loving Memory Of”

A short documentary about a cemetery full of life.

In Loving Memory Of is a short creative documentary about Warriston Cemetery, a hidden gem in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. It is a magical, secret garden, walled, overgrown with ivy and full of life. The film features the Friends of Warriston Cemetery whose mission is to uncover some of the forgotten Victorian treasures. The story was developed through the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap programme. Now in filming stage, but we need your help with post-production costs!”

Natalia is an independent filmmaker who is raising funds in order for her film to be completed to a high standard. A project such as this requires a professional post-production team including editor, colourist, sound designer and composer. There is also rental of sound recording equipment and facilities to pay for as well as the likes of promotional material and festival entry fees etc.

Please visit Natalia’s project page to see how you can support her work. Here is the link…

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-loving-memory-of#/

“In return for your pledge you get perks like a personal tour of the cemetery (plenty of secrets to tell) or an original photo print of the place in its full beauty.”

February 2018 Round-up.

Various days in February 2018.

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February 2nd…

The first daffodils begin to appear…

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Next – A pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers. They were having great fun chasing each other across a few sections…

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February 3rd…

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Who knew that flowers could read? Despite all the cold and wind and rain and snow and hard frost, this plant took heart from the words behind…

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February 5th…

Treecreeper. They like a change from trees now and then…

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February 6th…

Great Spotted Woodpecker…

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February 9th…

Snowdrops. Robin. Mr Duncan. Buzzards. Bullfinch…

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February 11th…

This and that, here and there…

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Goldcrest…

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February 12th…

City of Edinburgh Council notice board. Installed today…

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February 15th…

The local prison has a scheme whereby donated garden tools are reconditioned and then given to voluntary groups. We received such a batch today! Here they are – wrapped, unwrapped and two little ‘uns in use…

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February 16th…

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February 17th…

This area is supposed to be a triangular “clearing” between sections. We’ve cleared it before, but the weeds they keep a-growing. So, weeds cut down again and this mass of snowdrops can be enjoyed in their full glory…

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This urn was intriguing, had to be rolled around. Unfortunately, not in the best light! It’s part of the gravestone which commemorates the first burial at Warriston. The neighbouring stone had a detail begging to be cleared too. And they also have some snowdrops! Lots of snowdrops around, which is lovely to see…

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February 18th…

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February 20th…

A beautiful morning today, with that angled February sunshine coming through the bare deciduous trees to light up the gravestones. When we started four-and-a-half years ago, you couldn’t see through this section. Some ivy has grown back, but it’s nowhere near as bad…

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February 21st…

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February 23rd…

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February 26th…

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February 28th…

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