Issue 112 - Autumn/Winter

I have so many people to thank…

…for their support during my illness, not least the small team who have kept East Lothian Life going over these past 12 months and all the doctors and nurses who have kept me going! Your get-well cards and letters have brightened many a day and your good wishes have been a great source of comfort and encouragement. A heartfelt thank you.

Due to my health constraints I decided to combine my autumn/winter issues. Fingers crossed I will be back on track for next year.

The natural beauty and wide-ranging appeal of East Lothian continue to inspire. The resulting creativity never fails to astound me. From designing a seaside courtyard garden; building your own bothy; putting paint to canvass or making your own scarecrow; all these ideas and projects have a subconscious starting point in our ancient heritage and immediate surroundings.

Rediscover the joys of home cooking using local produce. Read about the history of Tantallon Castle, Guy Fawkes, the ‘Union of South Africa’ steam locomotive and so much more. Browse through the contents and take your pick – and don’t forget our advertisers, who help make East Lothian Life possible.

Enjoy the autumn/winter season. Find time to explore your surroundings and stay safe.

Our stunning from cover is a painting by Esther Cohen of Tantallon Studios, North Berwick.


06 East Lothian Homes - Balgone House – Preservation Perfect
11 East Lothian History - A Dip in the Pond
20 East Lothian Property - Covid-19 and the East Lothian Property Market
34 Muddy Boots 74 - From Gullane via West Fenton, Coldhame Wood and Saltcoats
65 East Lothian Landmarks - Tantallon Castle
72 Tales of the County - The Hamstocks Handplough
76 News & Views & Reviews
78 Travel & Explore - Wish you were here?
30 East Lothian Gardening - Exploring the World of Plants through People
33 Figuratively Speaking - Chewing it over
40 A Creative Escape - View from the Bothy
42 The Lothians and Border Horse - The End of the Story
48 Art Matters - Taking time to paint
66 East Lothian People - Reginald Phillimore, the North Berwick Postcard Kingpin
70 Witchcraft in East Lothian - Issobell Young – Victim of the East Lothian Witch Hunts
77 East Lothian Caught on Camera - Name the Faces
19 Play Bridge - The Hold-up is not just for No-trump
26 East Lothian Gardening - A Courtyard Garden in Dunbar
37 Play Chess - Oh Corona
45 East Lothian History - Farewell No 9
50 Aero Modellers - Take to the Skies with East Fortune Aeromodellers
56 East Lothian Arts & Crafts - A Craft to Crow About
59 Cooking is Fun - Rediscover the joys of home cooking
63 Wine Cellars - Buying Wine On-line
14 East Lothian Antiques - How about a Bureau for Change?
16 Interiors - Interior Design Scottish Style
24 East Lothian Property - The New Normal for Residential Letting
25 Money Matters - Spreading risk has always made sense
46 East Lothian Biodiversity - The Wonder of Bats
52 Farming East Lothian - A time for reflection
68 Health and Fitness - Wishing you a healthy and happy winter!
81 Gunpowder, Treason and Plot - November. The Bonfire Month
82 East Lothian Motoring - The Cycle of Life
75 East Lothian Life Classified