Loose Ends Redux: Portobello Community Garden-Leakey’s Bookshop

Well, now,

Welcome to another Loose Ends Redux. Today’s three instalments are:

Portobello Community Garden

Portobello Potteries

Leakey’s Bookshop

I remember these three particularly clearly. The two in Porty were on a very cold Saturday and I was taking a very scenic route to Easter Road for the football. As I recall, afterwards, I walked by Seafield and Leith Links to the ground. Strangely I can’t remember the game itself.

Portobello Community Garden: three elaborate pillars with crown-shaped tops in the middle of a garden of durable plants.

Portobello Community Garden I remember but I can’t remember how I connected it to Meadowbank. It was bright and sunny but very cold. I remember looking from there over to East Lothian, a view right up the coast to North Berwick Law possible. The Garden has pillars salvaged from a nearby garden (Coade Stone, I gather from the original post) and at that time Meadowbank was being demolished and built anew. I’ve always liked them and I think it was because they’re a bit unusual that I particularly wanted to shoehorn them into Loose Ends somewhere.

Portobello Potteries: two bottle-shaped kilns in an housing estate. The sun is blocked from view by the kiln on the left.

The Portobello Potteries connected, purely and simply, by geography. The kilns which now stand in the middle of an industrial estate are particularly cool and the photos I took of them for this post are some of my favourites ever taken for the blog. Portobello has a lot of history and some of it is still in plain sight, which is particularly cheering, even on a very cold day.

Leakey’s Bookshop: a bookshop with books on two levels.

Leakey’s Bookshop was a new one for me. I was in Inverness a few Fridays later, mainly to write the Intercity post for Inverness, but I had seen pictures of Leakey’s and resolved to pay a visit. I came out with a decent wee pile of books, some of which I still haven’t read over a year and a half on. Leakey’s is in an old church, the Gaelic Church, to be precise, and a big log fire helps keep it relatively toasty. I connected Leakey’s to Portobello because of a big section of books about pottery on the mezzanine. Hopefully I will get back to Leakey’s soon. It is a glorious place with an excellent selection of Scottish books particularly.

That’s today’s contenders. Thanks very much for reading. Next week’s post will cover a considerable swathe of Scotland, first Dundee then back to Glasgow. Until then, cheers just now.

7 thoughts on “Loose Ends Redux: Portobello Community Garden-Leakey’s Bookshop

  1. Alli Templeton

    Hi Kev, forgive me for being a bit quiet at the moment, but I always have to pretty much ban myself from blogging on the run up to exam/final assignment and this year it’s had to be the case even more so. I couldn’t resist this post though, as I remember all these places from your previous posts and really enjoyed them all. I’d love to go to Leaky’s bookshop, it looks just my kind of place. And I remember those amazing pillars. Great recap. I hope things are going well with you. Have you finished your module yet? We were all given an automatic extension until this coming Sunday, so not long now and I can breathe again. All the best.

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