|goosander, Edinburgh Park, pastel, 24x30cm|
Leo du Feu
Community Rail Champion
A walk from Edinburgh Gateway station, alongside the trams, past the Gyle, through Edinburgh Park business parky sculpture parky area, past Edinburgh Park station, along the Union Canal to WHALE Arts Agency in Wester Hailes.
As I've talked about before, wherever possible I try to work nature and walking into my day.
Because, well, nature, you know, it's great.
And because I'm not a gym person.
Though I can do about 8 push-ups. Maybe 10 on a good day.
Though that implies I do them every day.
Walking is my exercise.
So when I was asked to stand in running an art session at WHALE Arts Agency I knew that although I could get the train to Haymarket then change onto another one out to Wester Hailes station I would much rather get a bit of a walk in.
So I got off at Edinburgh Gateway and had a very happy time walking my route, looking at the sculptures and plantings and wildlife of Edinburgh Park (the area, not the station), coffee and twenty minutes reading my book near Edinburgh Park (the station, not the area), enjoying the canal and hoping hoping to see an otter there as I did last time. I didn't this time.
Then two hours of lovely chat while painting birds with palette knife and acrylic at WHALE.
Then the walk back to Edinburgh Gateway, getting a bit of shopping done along the way.
Here's the walk.
|tramlines seen from Edinburgh Gateway station|
|concrete sculpture & poetry @ Edinburgh Gateway station.|
the grassy areas around here are brilliant wildflower meadows in summer.
|sculpture and tram stop, The Gyle|
|through Edinburgh Park area the trams run off-road across lush green turf|
|Edinburgh Park is a place of offices - and water, reedbeds, trees, public art. A really inspiring area. Everywhere be planned so thoughtfully, bringing people into such close contact with nature.|
|poets' walk. Norman MacCaig|
|poets' walk. Naomi Mitchison.|
In this photo there are also five waterbirds from four different species
|I love these tall tactile ceramic sculptures|
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
|trees, hedges, grasses, everywhere.|
Everywhere should and could be like this
|On the right, poles and metal cabling designed specifically to allow climbing plants to wind their way up and form a green screen.|
|spot the grey wagtail.|
Hint, grey wagtails are bright yellow underneath
|Under the railway by Edinburgh Park station (you can also go up and over the railway via steps and bridge in the station|
|five minute walk uphill then onto the Union Canal|
|This feels like childhood. I grew up by the canal so I always love being back on one.|
|nature-painted shipping containers by the canal|
|3 bullfinches in this photo - two rusty red males & one female the same colour as most of the photo.|
And a hanging poo bag, that obligatory decoration on shrubs and trees all across Scotland.
|off the canal and across the bridge for the last few minutes to WHALE|
|you can get here by bus too|
|then avian acrylics with palette knife,|
a lovely session for Art in Healthcare's Room For Art social prescribing project
Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park stations are both in Edinburgh and trains are frequent.
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Leo du Feu
ScotRail Community Rail Champion
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