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Skyline changing at Sick Kids

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A quick drive by sketch to see how the old children’s hospital is changing.

A place my family and I knew so well is changing forever and although I know the new hospital is doing a fantastic job I will always look back on the hospital by the meadows with fondness.

This is Sylvan Place where the A&E entrance was and where I rushed through a few times past the parked ambulance and a blur of parents and doctors. Distant memories now thankfully, and scene replaced with cranes and construction workers!

construction taking shape

A look up into the new shopping and hotel complex where once stood the St James Shopping Centre.

The top of Leith walk is awash with brightly coloured construction workers as the huge rebuilding of the St James shopping centre and hotel into the new St James Quarter, which is due to open later this year.

This sketch is from just by the roundabout and show the new walkway and glass entrance which will lead to the covered shopping streets within.

I remember the old shopping centre being quite dark and small, I short cut rather than a destination. From the looks of the construction so far the new ‘quarter’ will be much larger and much brighter inside.

I look forward to stepping inside soon. Find out more about what will be inside from the website below.

St James Quarter website

Enjoying the new years sunshine in Edinburgh

westport_pepperssandwichbarDrawing in the great outdoors in Edinburgh city centre this January.

As 2017 gets started for me I have been in various locations around Edinburgh meeting people and sketching in the glorious sunshine we have been enjoying.

Whilst on route to meetings I have grabbed  a quick 10 minutes to sketch my surroundings as Edinburgh’s beautiful vistas grab my attention. Some which I haven’t seen before, such as this one below from Morrisos Street shows the old Caledonian Distillery, which has been converted to residential buildings. The 300 feet tall chimney stalk was preserved – and is amongst the biggest of Victorian chimneys surviving in Scotland.

The distillery is currently available to see as the ground in between has been cleared temporarily to create space for the new ‘The Haymarket Edinburgh’, a new office, retail and leisure space in the West End set for completion in 2018.


The main sketch at the top of the page is from a new find for me, a sandwich bar offering delicious coffee and gluten free rolls, which made for a scrummy bacon roll this morning.

Peppers Sandwich Bar is on Lady Lawson Street and the friendly staff and visitors alike enjoy this lovely view down the West Port towards the Grassmarket.

The Haymarket Edinburgh website

Peppers Sandwich Bar facebook page