Saturday, 5 June 2010

Ladies' Grotto

This is one of two 'lady grottoes' along the Water of Leith. They were built around 1750 by Robert Bowie, a landscape gardener, when the area was part of the Redhall Estate. As there name implies they offered a place for the ladies to sit and rest from the exertions of walking along the river. Inside the ceiling has shells visible, left over from the original shell mosaics that were added when the grottoes were first built.

The Water of Leith Management plan is out for public consultation at the moment. You can read it here and comment on it too if you are in the area.

I'm teaching a course about the Water of Leith for Edinburgh University this summer, you can read more about it here.



25 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Lovely shadow shots and such an interesting place! Hope your weekend is going well, Juliet! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Katherine said...

Jon proposed to me in one of those grottoes.

Gillena Cox said...

nice; thanks for sharing

much love
gillena

EG Wow said...

Wouldn't it be great to have a grotto in my garden?! I guess I don't really have the room for one, but I WOULD like it!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

lady grotto
wayside resting place
shady retreat

Shimmering Shadow

tree shadow moon said...

It really does look like a very lovely place indeed!

Coastcard said...

An intriguing place, Juliet. How very exciting about your course.

Cassie said...

Terrific Shadow Shot and so interesting. I'll wander to your link now. Have a great weekend.

Lily Wideaux said...

That's absolutely beautiful! I'd love to show your picture on my blog (with your permission of course) I think it's gorgeous!

bmfessentials.blogspot.com :)

Martha Z said...

It looks cool and inviting.

Serendipity said...

It looks like a lovely spot to rest!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a beautiful shadow shot. I can just see the ladies sitting there having a rest.

Beverley Baird said...

Beautiful spot! Great shadow as well!

Kay McKenzie Cooke said...

I was interested to read about Water of Leith in an old, second-hand Robert Louis Stevenson book of his essays I bought recently - I immediately thought of you.

Hey Harriet said...

I'd be very happy to sit for a while in that charming little grotto. It's gorgeous!

Emma said...

wow that's beautiful.. so serene. I love the thought of it as a ladies resting place on walks. I want one in my garden too.. alongside my imaginary river and meadow .. ah dreams ;)

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

I wonder if men were banned from these grottos

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Lady grottoes? Does it mean, a religious grottoes? Like Virgin Mary's grotto §;-)

I am not sure if I understand right, but what the h...k, I care, huh? Thing is you captured that solemness & calmness of the ambiance of the surroundings.

Love it!

x0x0

Crafty Green Poet said...

Gerald - interesting question, I don't know to be honest

Ritchie - no not religious as far as i know, but a place where the women in a party (in the 18th century) would rest while the men went on for a longer walk.

frayedattheedge said...

A lovely shadow shot. It looks a super spot to sit and watch the world go bvy

Sarah said...

How civilised to have a special place for the ladies to sit! Next time we are in Edinburgh I want to visit the Water of Leith as it always looks so lovely in your pictures!

Naquillity said...

love the resting place. i'm sure those shells accent it nicely. hope all is well.

wanderlust said...

Beautiful!

Deb G said...

I wouldn't mind stopping to rest there... :)

AscenderRisesAbove said...

oh - i would very much like to see this!