Issue 105 - Autumn

East Lothian Life

Issue 105 - Autumn 2018

There's certainly nothing grey about East Lothian. Autumn is a time when the sun paints this beautiful county of ours with a special warm glow. The intense, crimson-red sunsets contrast with the soft pastel sunrises; the woodlands take on glorious autumn hues and on those occasional stunning blue sky days, the long stretches of sandy beaches are empty and all yours to enjoy.

Make the most of the walking trails and golf courses in the softly warming autumn sunshine, plant your spring bulbs, or explore our historic towns and villages. After a day exploring your wonderful surroundings you can indulge in some of the most amazing local produce from the autumn harvest. Sample the delights of seasonal food in our wide choice of restaurants and hotels, or why not cook some of the mouth water recipes in our cooking is fun section. The apples, plums, pears and damsons are at their most delicious and make wonderful jams and desserts. Lamb is at it's most succulent in autumn and game is readily available.

We've rounded up some useful information and inspiring ideas about autumn in East Lothian Life, from the best places to go on a Muddy Boots walk to the Biodiversity of Barns Ness. We visit our neighbouring county Midlothian in Travel & Explore with Ian Gardner, whilst Jennifer Sharp goes in search of mindfulness. We look at the Megalithic sites in East Lothian, discover the remarkable tale of Woven Bones and Roy Pugh uncovers fascinating information about a young soldier who not only survived the battle of Dunbar in 1650, but also spent most of the rest of his life in America. Conscious that this November marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, we have a section recalling aspects of both world wars – lest we forget the great sacrifices made to give us peace.

Enjoy East Lothian Life, because like our county, it will contain something of interest to you. Just look at the great variety of fascinating content, stunning photographs and articles all covering faces, places, pastimes and pursuits, which make up this wonderful county of ours.

'For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.' Edwin Way Teale

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Front cover: Abandoned. A photograph by Robert Byers of Haddington Camera Club


06 East Lothian Homes
16 East Lothian Property
19 Climate Friendly Aberlady
36 The Old Stones - Megalithic Sites in East Lothian
38 Bridges of East Lothian
11 Bubbles beat balloons at Longniddry Primary School
49 The Smeaton Hepburn Claret Jugs. An Extraordinary Tale
54 Gone Fishing – a year in the life of a Dunbar fisherman
61 Farming East Lothian
64 Woven Bones
66 Who do you think you are?
70 Penniless Pilgrim in East Lothian, The
71 Golfing greats: Ben Sayers
78 News & Views & Book Reviews
35 Play Bridge
40 Play Chess
41 Voices of War
42 Figuratively Speaking
43 Now the guns are silent
44 Airfields of East Lothian
46 165 OCTU – Officer Cadet Training Unit Dunbar
57 Cooking is fun
59 Wine Cellars
74 The art of Mindfullness
12 Autumn Interiors
14 East Lothian Antiques
20 East Lothian Gardening
26 Plants that changed our lives
28 Muddy Boots67. Biel-Pitcox-Bielmill-Ninewar Wood
32 East Lothian Biodiversity – Barns Ness
52 Art Matters with Keith Brodie
69 Money Matters
79 Travel & Explore – Midlothian
82 East Lothian Life Motoring
76 East Lothian Life Classified