Yesterday afternoon there was wild rain and whistling winds that continued even after the rain stopped. I met a friend for coffee in the afternoon and we walked through Princes Street Gardens, needing to fight our way against the wind.
Today I walked along the Water of Leith as I do every Monday and was shocked by the amount of storm damage. Loads of small branches had been blown from the trees and a fair number of larger branches had been ripped down. The path was almost impassable at one point.
I reported all this to the Water of Leith Conservation Trust, who will sort out clearing the paths of the larger branches.
I had intended to do a post today about a particular species of tree that has been important in the history of the Water of Leith, but as my camera batteries ran out of power before I could take a photo of the tree, that post will need to wait until next week!
If you're interested in finding out more about the Water of Leith, its wildlife and its industrial history there are still places on this course I'm teaching for the University of Edinburgh this summer.