Me-Now-Views; Less Speek More Peek


On that last trip through to Edinburgh, you'll recall I mentioned making a visit to Leith. this is the port town to North of Edinburgh city, which is now (as happens) a suburb of the greater city area.

Once an area of industrial and docklands style and having gone through a period of being something of the 'poor relative', it is blossoming again.

The docks are still active, but there are also lots of new residential tenements (blocks of flats) and a burgeoning bistro culture.

One thing which really caught my eye was the new monument to the sailors and workers of the Merchant Navy.

































The monument shows dedication plaques at the bottom, different aspects of work on the plinth level; places of posting; dangers at sea; the shipping through the ages.  At top is a brass sculpture of sailing hulls.




































































































































































Don't let that deep blue sky fool you - it was 2 degrees centigrade that day!!! What's happening round your part of the world folks?
© Yamini Ali MacLean 2014

23 comments:

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

That is a very captivating Memorial... Someone is QUITE the Artist ... it tells the story VISUALLY.

Merlesworld said...

I like that Memorial it has a very human look about it, most look stiff.
Merle.........
Not much all pretty quite.

Bouncing Bertie said...

What a wonderful monument. I must make it out to Leith some time - never yet been.
Cheers, Gail.
PS Sprinkling of snow in Nottingham tonight.

Julie said...

That's a beautiful monument, don't remember seeing that when we were there, but then, it was a very long time ago
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Dory and the Mama said...

Such wonderful monuments!! I love the first picture, is that a footbridge??

Charliedownunder said...

Crikey .... that's a monument, aye???? So beautiful!!

Angel Pip and Ruby said...

Love that first picture ...lots of stories to be found in that picture. And of course, wonderful monument. Never would have guessed by that blue sky that it was so cold. We had 19 inches of snow from Saturday night to Sunday night. Good grief!

Mascha said...

Stunning monument! But your photo of the bridge is the greatest...
Have a nice week

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Then you wouldn't have - it was only raised a year ago! You must visit Northwards again.... Yxx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
No, that is the old turnstile road bridge through which cargo shipping once travelled, when it slid clockwise to form a canal into the Water of Leith (river); all boats are MUCH too large now and it is being preserved as a piece of history - can't even walk on it!!! Yxx

Yamini MacLean said...

....YIKES!!!....

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Danke Mascha - und sie! Yxx

pixiedusk said...

Those photos are amazing!

Its cold here too. -1 when I am doing the school run and my son was complaining about his cold feet. =)

Rhonda Albom said...

Beautiful details. And that blue sky will fool me, sorry it's so cold.

Mark Muller said...

Edinburgh is on our bucket list and if we can visit this place once we will visit this memorial too (and Bertie, if he is there that time, of course).
easy Rider

craftyspices said...

What a lovely Memorial that is, not to mention you have very nice pictures that capture interesting details.
Thanks for posting!

Mara said...

Well, the memorial is certainly high enough! If we have time we might check it out on our trip to Scotland in August. For now, five days are planned solid (well, my sister and I planned it, no idea what the parentals will make of it), including a visit to the Kelpies!

carol l mckenna said...

Magnificent bridge photo and lovely memorial ~

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

This is beautiful! Such a loving tribute. Many are so brave on those seas. Thank you for sharing. It's a wonderful part of the world! Cheers xx

Patrick weseman said...

Love all the photos. Very nice.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
hhmmmmmmmaybe we have to begin planning a Blogville gathering??!!! Yxx

The Quirky Homemaker said...

Very cool sculptures and monuments. :)

Jessica Fiorillo said...

This monument looks impressive, and you've captured it so beautifully!
Happy Wordless Wednesday!