Homing The Hedgehogs

They’re BACK  – I am still adopted by roaming hedgehogs… and it feels magical.

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Inspired by Autumn

As November steadily marches on, scudding winds giving way to icy paths, two poems from Elizabeth Nallon, a writer from Bonnyrigg, remind us of the beauty of autumn

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Spring Forward

The days are just a little  longer, the light a touch clearer, and the clocks have gone forward: spring is officially here. Midlothian poet and artist, Jacqueline McDonnell celebrates by putting some colour into our lives over this early Easter break.

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Botanic Lights 2015 – Seasons In Colour

‘As darkness descends, follow a magical trail of light through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and experience four seasons in just one night’.

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Lothian Animal Life

After previously looking at local plant life, Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the etymology of fauna in the Lothian region:

The best-known and most easily recognised animal is the fox. Minor changes in pronunciation can be traced back through time in Saxon vohs, Proto-Germanic fuh, all the way back to Proto-Indo-European puk meaning ‘tail’.

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Anthony Poulton-Smith considers Lothian Floral Etymologies…

Ever since the ice sheets receded at the end of the last ice age our islands have been home to a rich variety of flora. Whenever we travel through the countryside, walk in the park, or even just look out of our windows, it is the plant life which turns a landscape into a view.

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