A few weeks ago we planted some teensy winter-flowering shrubs near the grave of James McNab, as part of our “botanical” theme. He was an eminent personage at the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh “across the road” and, amongst other achievements, he had designed the former Winter Garden there. We weren’t expecting any action from those plants for a while, but this one just couldn’t wait! In flower already.
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24/09/2016 The Sir Robert Rowand Anderson stone ready for viewing on Edinburgh Doors Open Day. It’s ready every day, of course, but it had a special marker for this day.
“Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, FRSE RSA (5 April 1834 – 1 June 1921) was a Scottish Victorian architect.”
Click this link to view his Wikipedia page… Sir Robert Rowand Anderson.
24/09/2016 The recently-cleaned War Memorial. Its official title is the Cross of Sacrifice, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1918. It is present in Commonwealth war cemeteries containing 40 or more graves. (Ed.)
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission had ensured that the Cross of Sacrifice was washed down a couple of days before Doors Open Day. They have pressure-washers and have to bring in large containers of clean water, as there’s no source on-site. They also ensured that paths to War Graves were clear. Very well done CWGC! And there are a couple of new stones recently erected. (CG)
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On May the 3rd 2016 we took delivery of a brand new shed. A few volunteers assembled it on site. As always, there was fun to be had – even in a shower of rain. The shed houses all of our tools, brushes, water containers, first-aid kit and other necessary accoutrements such as chairs and a cake box!
Here it is in various stages of assembly. The slabs for the base were laid by the council.