Yesterday Jane & I went on an archaeology walk to Aberlady. It was fascinating, and the weather was very kind to us. A couple of years ago an amateur was looking at some stones at low tide, discovered timbers and dressed stones, and realised he’d stumbled on Aberlady harbour, once known as Haddington Port. It will be properly surveyed next year, but it shows once again how important the work of the archaeological enthusiast can be. Before his discovery, nobody knew about the harbour, apart from a record on 16th and 17th century maps. Here are some photos from the walk. I was also able to introduce fellow walkers to the pleasure of eating samphire, which grows well on the mudflats. Raw, the tips are sharp, salty and deliciously refreshing. Best picked in June, it makes a wonderful vegetable lightly steamed and served with fish.
- The back cover June 3, 2017
- Stepping down April 29, 2017
- Past and Present March 7, 2017
- Ian Hamilton Finlay, Little Sparta and other matters February 18, 2017
- An Epiphany January 29, 2017