Stories in Stone – Preston Mercat Cross

Heritage consultant David Hicks brings us the stories behind some of East Lothian’s historic properties. In the centre of Prestonpans stands a remarkable 400-year-old building, described as a ‘monument to departed greatness’. Once a market place for buying and selling, it is now a rare survival, one of the finest examples of a mercat cross…

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Seal Rescue – What to Do

The grey seal pupping season is one of the great spectacles along our shores and each year the coastlines of the Isle of May, Craigleith and the Farne Islands are transformed as the youngsters take over. But sadly each year seal pups can be abandoned by their mothers. We spoke to the British Divers Marine…

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And Owners Welcome To

The benefits of pet ownership for health and wellbeing are well-documented, reducing loneliness and anxiety, lending daily structure, and lifting mood. And that’s in normal circumstances, and this year has been far from normal with the coronavirus lockdown tough on many. But, according to new research, owning an animal companion boosted mental health and reduced…

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Barker & Bone Turns One

Barker & Bone recently celebrated their first year in business, and owner Bev Gilhooley reflects on what a year it’s been. If pets could design their very own pet shop, it would look exactly like Barker & Bone. This North Berwick pet store, beautifully curated with the discerning pet and pet-owner in mind, is celebrating…

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Stories in Stone – Haddington House

Heritage consultant David Hicks brings us the stories behind some of East Lothian’s historic properties. Haddington House must have seen many family gatherings over its long history, but surely few more remarkable than the gathering of the Maitland clan in 1745.  The house was already old when Alexander Maitland and Katherine Cunningham moved in, probably…

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Stories in Stone – Luffness Friary

Heritage consultant David Hicks brings us the stories behind some of East Lothian’s historic properties. Take a stroll along Bickerton’s Walk through the Luffness estate near Aberlady, and you stumble across the remains of a medieval friary with an intriguing puzzle. Who is the mysterious knight? The ruins visible today are just a fragment of…

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Moored

Isolation is a default position for most artists. As the great Scottish painter, Joan Eardley, once observed; “I think you have to be a bit one-track to be a painter.” In the early days of 2020, thanks to COVID-19, the world caught up with this one-track focus, a place into which artists routinely drill in…

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Wish you Were Here

What do you do when you visit the wonderfully varied coastline of East Lothian? You can visit castles, play golf, go paddling at the beach, pursue water sports, visit harbours or send postcards to friends with the message “Wish you were here”. To illustrate these activities, local graphic artist Thomas Small has created six large…

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