Issue 106 - Winter

East Lothian Life

Issue 106, winter 2018

It’s perhaps a bold claim to make that there’s nowhere quite like East Lothian in winter, but with a unique combination of landscapes, natural wonders, historic buildings, food, drink and more, East Lothian is now at its atmospheric best. Winter is the season that lets you experience places in a new light, when the beauty of the natural environment sparkles..

East Lothian Life discovers the places, faces, pastimes and pursuits which make up this fascinating county. Ailsa Fortune traces the intriguing story of Newbyth House and the Baird family who created it. Andrew Smith comments on the continuing appeal of East Lothian and its property. Martyn Baguley shares some interesting facts on the Norway spruce and how it changed our lives, whilst Stuart Macpherson looks back on 18 years of working in the ‘Beautiful County’. Lyle Crawford shares his thoughts on ‘change, in all around I see’, citing the closure of long-serving high street shops and their replacement by new trends. His observations extend to the weather – and it has been unusual in 2018.

There’s a lot to enjoy at this time of year, however harsh or mild the season. Take the opportunity to welcome the cosiness of winter with all the fun activities that is has to offer. Take time to enjoy this beautiful county of ours and take time to curl up in your favourite chair and read East Lothian Life from cover to cover. You will be amazed at what you discover!

Remember East Lothian Life makes a wonderful gift at any time of year, so why not pop it on your Santa list. Each issue is packed full of interesting articles, great photographs and keeps you in touch with this wonderful county of ours.

‘To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.’- Aristotle

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Front cover: Photo taken at the top of Traprain Law by Nick Callaghan and used for Haddington Pipe Band’s 2019 calendar. The calendar’s theme is ‘Our Tunes. Our Places’, with the photos based on the titles of tunes in the band’s repertoire. This sunrise shot represents the tune, ‘My Land’.


06 East Lothian Homes
16 East Lothian Property
49 Haddington; a town of superlatives
50 Bridges of East Lothian
60 Farming East Lothian
41 Tales of the exhibition
44 Figuratively Speaking
52 Gone Fishing - a year in the life of a Dunbar fisherman
64 Who do you think you are?
70 Jinglin' Geordie
74 Lord Archibald Hamilton, Naval Officer, Policitian and Buccaneer
78 News & Views & Book Reviews
31 Play Bridge
39 Scottish Ornithologists' Club - Young Birders
40 Play Chess
55 Cooking is fun
58 Wine Cellars
67 165 OCTU - Office Cadet Training Unit, Dunbar
12 Winter Interiors
14 East Lothian Antiques
22 East Lothian Gardening
26 Plants that changed our lives
28 Muddy Boots68 - Meikle Says Law
33 Paths for all
36 East Lothian Biodiversity - Moving on
46 Art Matters - Dorothea Nimmo Smith
48 Money Matters
72 All aboard Fingal
80 Travel & Explore - Great Lakes Region, Uganda
82 East Lothian Motoring
76 East Lothian Life Classified