Issue 97 - Autumn

Autumn is such a magical time in East Lothian. There is much in the natural world that puts on its autumn cloak in preparation for winter. Transience is part of the beauty. So come and join us at East Lothian Life on our autumn journey; we have so many things to share with you.

We are spoilt for choice in East Lothian when it comes to autumn colours as we are blessed with beautiful natural open spaces. Explore our bustling, vibrant towns and our spectacular coastline for a rejuvenating day out. East Lothian is home to an array of diverse events and provides all-year-round adventure opportunities. The county is alive with ancient history, stunning architecture and the natural glow of autumn.

Take delight in East Lothian’s autumn glory, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of wonderful landscapes, woodland walks and discover the diversity which is East Lothian.

Front Cover: Preparing for the start. A painting by James Howe (courtesy of Prestonfield Hotel)

The World of James Howe 1780-1836 by John Malden


pp23: Autumn gardening: Marilyn Randall offers tips on how to brighten up your borders and maintain interest as the leaves begin to fall and the flowers die back.

pp28: Muddy Boots: Take a gentle stroll with Allen Skinner through the Binning Wood and enjoy the glory of East Lothian’s autumnal palette.

pp35: Ancient Settlements: James Denham explores Auldhame & Scoughall.

pp40: We love Muirfield Riding Therapy Celebrates 26 years of service to the community.

pp54: My home village: Stella Hervey Birrell writes about her love for the peaceful, yet vibrant, Pencaitland

pp68: Colonel John Weir Bob Hopkins looks at the life of Tatanic victim Colonel John Weir

pp50: Widows & Bairns: The fishing disaster of 14 October 1881 with the loss of 189 East Lothian and Berwickshire fishermen in a single afternoon was a tragedy of unique horror and poignancy.

pp78: Health & Fitness: Keep that summer fitness through the year encourages Jennifer Sharp.