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Any holiday  spent in Edinburgh deserves to include a visit to the delightful Royal Botanic Gardens.

Although not on the same scale as Kew (a mere 70 acres), these gardens have just as much charm and a wonderful amount of variety. Like Kew there are some huge glass houses within the gardens.  Ten separate rooms in these glasshouses are designed to create as many different climates and habitats so it is, of course, like rapidly passing from one part of the world to another.

There are huge palms, giant waterlilies, and the largest collection of wild Chinese plants outside China.

Outside highlights include the Arboretum, the Scottish Heath garden, the renowned Alpine Rock Garden, the glorious 165 foot herbaceous border and the Woodland Garden.

As a family outing this is an ideal environment. Children can roam freely – ambushing parents, or just be pushed around in buggies –  whilst discovering a wide variety of birds and remarkably bold squirrels.

Picnicking is an excellent option – but there are very good eating options in the grounds also for meals or just coffee.

If you fancy a guided walk, the garden rangers offer a free service most days of the week at particular times of the day. You can find details through the Edinburgh Activities page on the apartment website.

The gardens also contain a building, Inverleith House that hosts  exhibitions throughout the year. Currently there is a sculpture exhibition by Karla Black along with paintings by Bet Low. Past exhibitions include a favorite of mine – Andy Goldsworthy. He used the space as the starting point for his inspiration, dividing one room entirely with a delicate lattice work of chestnut leaf stalks.

Elsewhere in the garden there is a craft project called “The Wych Elm Project”, running until 21st March 2010. This was inspired by the felling of a huge Elm in 2003. The wood is now being used to create a wide variety of works by craftsmen such as wood carvers and wood turners.

I hope this gives you the inspiration to visit the gardens – they are certainly worthwhile – and if you’ve anything to add let me know!

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Sandy Bells Pub and Folk Music venue

A quick visit to the apartment enabled me last night to visit Sandy Bell’s. This small bar amazingly hosts Folk music every night. The musicians are just a part of the ambience – not expecting or seeking huge applause – but dedicated to what they are doing. Each night there is a different band. I heard a line up of Fiddle, Flute, Box accordeon, Uillean pipes, and bouzouki.

The musicians were  very approachable – I asked Cathy, the fiddler for advice about sources of music for my own playing. She was very keen to suggest players that I might listen to in order to pick up repertoire and the style of playing which can’t really be effectively shown in notes on a page of music.

Some suggestions she  made were Scottish Fiddler Alisdair Fraser who plays with Cellist Natalie Haas, Shetland fiddlers Aly Bain and Chris Stout, Irish fiddler Martin Hayes with Guitarist Dennis Cahill,  Accordionist Andy Cutting, and Guitarist Martin Simpson.

Music at Sandy Bells starts from about 9pm every night.

Why not make this a part of your stay in Edinburgh!

Sandy Bells is in situated in the University area of  Edinburgh Old Town, very near to the Museum of Scotland. 

Thanks to all at Sandy Bells for a great evening!

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If you want a real treat in February, come to Edinburgh and see Connie Fisher as Maria in the world’s best-loved musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC.  Performances are being held at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 19th January until 20th of February.

This rather lavish and highly acclaimed production, direct from the London Palladium, tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains and works its magic once again, for young and old alike.

With its unforgettable score that includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, , and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music, it’s the perfect family treat.

For all your accomodation needs when in Edinburgh visit www.edinburghselfcatering.org. Find a link to the Playhouse on the Edinburgh Activities page.

 

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