Union Canal, Edinburgh
We went down to Edinburgh just for one day and night earlier this week, as our 22 year old daughter was graduating from Uni there. We had to leave our other daughters behind, as the graduation event only allowed two guests per student. They're old enough to be on their own now, but we left them with a list of things they shouldn't forget to do....like turning all the lights off at night ;-)
Our daughter's University wasn't staging a 'proper' ceremony this year, because of covid. Instead it was a kind of official 'Celebration' on the campus, where the graduates got to wear their hats and gowns and have photos taken. There were drinks, canapes, a pipe band and a marquee etc thrown in too for good measure. It felt like a worthwhile event anyway, that marked their achievement and the end of their student years.
Later that evening as it was still hot, sunny weather, we went for a wander along the Union Canal, which is near to where our daughter lives now. It was interesting to see the buildings, bridges, canal boats, murals and distinctive graffiti ("Eat yer bread and doon yer tea"). I've included quite a few extras to show some of these.
It was a lovely sunny, evening atmosphere and there were a lot of locals out having a stroll or cycle along the canal path and enjoying the adjacent park. Some were there to meet and sit down with friends, others were just sitting and meditating - soaking up the sun. I was quite envious of the people who were canoeing along the canal. It seems quite a pretty stretch of water, even though it's in the middle of the city. Apparently (and I'm ashamed I didn't know this), you could canoe all the way along there to Glasgow. We thought that would be fun to do.