Monthly Archives: May 2013

grist for the mill…

Still in Galicia…

A trip to a local mill to grind some dried maize. Mum uses it to enrich bread, make maize cake and a thick, heavy, hearty and delicious savoury maize crepe …

the entrance…

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…and inside…

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…and that’s our maize being milled…

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the final product – maize flour (which will need to be sieved before use)

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ode to francis bacon…

home butchery:

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back at the horses head…

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Homage to a beautiful shop in Betanzos, Galicia “A Cabeza do Cabalo” i try to buy all my ironmongery there! Established like the card says in 1877 and still run by the same family (see past post).

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P1170828…original line-up, not so much has changed, the space and counter are the same, only the counter top has been replaced when it became too worn and was too low …

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They also have collections of historical objects like these beautiful local gaseosa (lemonade) bottles…marvellous!

mcIntyre’s magnificent drapery stores…

Three cheers for this recently restored (end of 2012) and mightily magnificent frontage of Poundsavers on Nicolson st…

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It used to have a really ugly wooden hoarding hiding all this beauty, but they got a world heritage grant and down came the hoarding to reveal most of the original frontage in tact or at least salvageable. Originally it was the purpose built (1899) McIntyre’s Drapery Stores…McIntyre & Co were ‘Warehousemen and Costumiers of ladies’ dress’…how marvellous…wish they still were.

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Turns out that the shop front itself is at least 50 years older than the rest of the building and was actually part of the original Georgian tenement (flats with shops below) which was on the site before the new shop was built in 1899. Exciting stuff and makes you wonder what else is out there hiding behind chipboard hoardings…If you want to know more, there is an article about it all in the Edinburgh World Heritage site…Oh and lest we forget how it used to look, here is a photo i found on the site scotsman.com:

abandoned and rescued buildings…

If you walk along the Edinburgh seafront from Portobello towards Cramond, you will come across this…hmmm who thought that was a good idea??? Am a big fan of austere and brutalist architecture, but this does not scream “come inside for scones” to me…open on weekends folks…

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…and on the other scale of the spectrum, this rather fabulous building (Victorian am thinking?), an old hotel by Queensferry rd has been saved from destruction whilst all around it is raised to the ground…

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folk art towards Cramond, i guess it’s a form of vandalism but i kind of like it:

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