An Edinburgh colony house visit (Rousse)

I met LK sitting on the narrow pavement outside her colony house on Easter Road. She wanted to show me her garden so we left her two daughters by the roadside and I followed her through the main door of her building into the gloomy stairwell. There was very little room in here and I immediately felt claustrophobic, especially under the long white bed sheets that were hanging out to dry from the banister rail.

Once back outside again, however, it was lovely to see the elderly residents of Edinburgh enjoying their gardens. I was also impressed by the long back green, ideal for children’s ball games.

Then LK took me up to her flat. I climbed into her son’s bed and checked his application for a place on a degree course at Robert Gordon University. At the same time I explained to LK the difference between GCSE, AS and A levels.

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