Issue 101 - Autumn

East Lothian Life

Issue 101 – Autumn 2017

The beauty of East Lothian in autumn always takes my breath away. Stubble fields, golden evening sunshine and the trees ablaze with more shades of russet and gold than you ever thought possible.

There is so much to discover in East Lothian and in East Lothian Life, with its news, features, homes and gardens, food and drink, arts and leisure, walking, wildlife, history, sport and stunning photography.

East Lothian’s landscape is bursting with life, constantly changing and yet retaining its outstanding natural beauty. But some of that beauty derives from the marks left by men over several thousand years – men who have modified the landscape by farming it, by building on it and by living in it.

East Lothian Life celebrates the past whilst experiencing the present. Explore Scotland’s Golf Coast Road with Michael Atkinson; discover the passion for hickory golf and the interesting development of the North Berwick railway; share in the treasured memories of Dr Jimmy Richardson; meet artists Kate Phelp and Keith Brockie; sample the delights of our local food and drink and support our advertisers, who help make East Lothian Life possible.

Treasure autumn and all it brings – the harvest safely gathered in, the smell of wood-smoke in the air, the berries dark and plump in the hedges, the dark nights’ drawing in and time to sit safe and warm by a good fire with the people you love around you.

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Front Cover: A pot of gold perhaps in the Lammermuir Hills? Cauldsheil Farm, outside Humbie. Photograph: Jim Hunter.


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