Issue 114 - Summer

East Lothian Life

Issue 114, summer 2021

Summertime is here and doesn’t our wonderful county look gorgeous. The ever-changing light and bright blue skies have a quality all of their own. The sparkling sea along the East Lothian coast-line; the lush green of our countryside; the ripening crops and our colourful gardens, all add to the hazy days of summer. Not forgetting our picturesque towns and villages, which are once again bustling with life. It’s been a tough few months for many of us and our local shops and businesses need your support, so please shop local. I for one cannot thank them enough for their support of East Lothian Life.

East Lothian Life continues to grow and I am always delighted to receive your feedback and suggestions for articles. Remember East Lothian Life is your magazine and aims to reflect your interests. The varied articles and stunning photographs I receive from my contributors provide a glimpse into the myriad activities taking place in the county. Among the captivating topics in this issue is Rosemary Everett’s insight into the mysteries Book Art and her experience in the Tower Studio at Marchmont. Ailsa Fortune uncovers a long history connected with The Lodge in Aberlady and also brings us the remarkable story of Mary Nisbet and her involvement with the Parthenon (Elgin) Marbles. Sir Hew Dalrymple shares the contents of some touching letters between two of his forebears in Absence and Fond Hearts. Lindsay Brown finds time in her busy farming life to record the daily activities of our hard working farmers, who keep our countryside in such good repair. Richard English looks at the unlikely unsung heroes of our East Lothian Biodiversity and how important insects are to a well-functioning ecosystem and Bob Randall continues his trek along the A1. We have summer motoring, a little music, drinks from the wine cellar, some retro recipes to try out, antiques to admire and so much more for you to read, enjoy and discover.

I hope that East Lothian Life will inspire you to rediscover our wonderful county and to step out and visit sites that have been closed over the Covid crisis and what better time to do this than during the summer months when East Lothian basks in all its glory.

Front Cover: Wildflowers on John Muir Way near Fidra Island by Sally Anderson.


06 East Lothian Homes - The Lodge, Aberlady - the Long View
42 Muddy Boots 76 - Walking the Great North Road
45 The 17th Century Plague - The Lonely Graves
54 The Lammermuirs Through Time - Dunbar Common to the Whiteadder Reservoir
60 East Lothian History - Brrr! It’s a Bit Nippy in Here
76 Secret History - A Haven for Smugglers
78 News, Views and Reviews
79 East Lothian Caught on Camera - Name the Faces
34 View from the Bothy - A Year without Experience
39 Figuratively Speaking - We need a Great Occasion to Lift the Gloom
46 Family History - The Significance of Local History Studies
50 The Dalrymple Letters - Absence and Fond Hearts
80 On the Road Again - Have Music – Will Travel
21 Play Bridge - Tos and Fros
28 East Lothian Gardening - Summer Gardening
32 Scotland’s Gardens Scheme - Open for Charity
49 Play Chess - Two Hundred Years
59 New Technology - A Mars Innovation that really enables you to ‘Work, Rest and Play’
66 Seven Decades of Camera Craft - A Snapshot of Haddington Camera Club
71 Cooking is Fun - Pineapple Delights Retro Style
74 Wine Cellars - Welcome to the Wonderful World of Wine
14 East Lothian Property - East Lothian Property Prices Rise Year-on-year in First Quarter of 2021
18 East Lothian Antiques - Antiques for the Garden
22 Summer Interiors - A New Look for the New Normal
25 Plants that Changed our Lives - The Pineapple – King of Fruits
36 Working with Wood - The Art of the Hand Cutter
40 East Lothian Biodiversity - Weird and Wonderful Recyclers
53 Money Matters - Are your Investments at the Mercy of your Emotions?
56 Mary Nisbet of Dirleton - The Parthenon Marbles and the Local Connection
62 Art Matters - When is a Book a Work of Art?
64 Art Matters - Goats and Hares Go On Parade
68 Farming East Lothian - Silage Time – It Is All Go!
82 East Lothian Motoring - Open Sesame
81 East Lothian Life Classified