Following Vol 1 of this year’s festival diary, I can hardly believe that all the fun and frolics are so quickly over for another year. A few days on from the final day last Monday, life is returning to ‘normal’ (if there ever is such a thing!). So as the sun sets on the summer, it’s nice to reflect back on some mid-end August highlights.
We had mixed weather this year – sometimes ridiculously hot; sometimes torrential rain. But overall it was extremely pleasant to be in and around the city….
…even at nighttime:
I know that some people hate the idea of festival crowds. I do too, really. But even though Edinburgh has a huge influx of visitors over the summer….
….it is always possible to find some pockets of quiet and calm. I took this next shot while waiting for a talk at the Book Festival. The dappled light and lack of people created the perfect moment.
And one advantage of being around more people than usual is increased people-watching opportunities. I could not resist taking this photo of a lady behind whom I was standing in a queue – what magnificent fabric!
We saw a great mixture of shows and events. One of my favourites was this play, written by British comedian Marcus Brigstocke, in which the nature of alcoholism was explored. It represents one of my favourite aspects of the festival – the opportunity to spend an hour watching a high quality, powerful drama, often with a very small cast. Marvellous and memorable.
Lastly, we were delighted when one of our favourite Edinburgh cafés reopened, following many months of refurbishment. The Scottish Café & Restaurant at the Scottish National Gallery has had a complete makeover and it was great to be able to return for a lovely brunch.
So that’s it for another year – only another 358 sleeps until it all gets going again! 🙂