The puppet waits between the shows
and what he thinks
no one knows

What does he think? What has he seen? Is he happy? Is he sad? Does he feel threatened by all those people tramping past – after all, he is small and they are so big.

No, they don’t notice him. He can rest and recapture old memories of when he was at the top of his profession.

What a come-down, left to sit in the dirt. If they only knew that there was a time he stayed in the best hotels.

Remember that time in Paris, and that adventure in Buenos Aires with the heiress? Those were the days. It was she who gave him the red neckerchief after that dash across the rooftops.

He knows he wasn’t built for the 21st century and urban madness. Give him a country lane and a bicycle, and a dalliance in a cafe where he would never pass again – that’s more his speed.

That moustache has been twirled in places the like of which the world will never see again.

Those hands have touched delights that would make a countess swoon.

No more.

Ah well – almost time for the next performance.


I just saw a post with a single black-and-white image from Cardinal Guzman. He named it B&W Sunday: Lysebotn, and it’s a very striking image that I recommend you go take a look at.

He linked to another site where Paula is coordinating images under themes, and today, Sunday, the theme is black-and-white compositions, and this is my contribution.

Through the cleverness of WordPress I have also set this image as the featured image for this post. If you want to see the photo in this post at larger size, click the image in the post and it will open in a new window or tab.

If you go to the main page of this site, you will see that the header image is quite different. It is a panorama taken with my iPhone a few weeks ago and it is a sweeping image across the garden of the cafe in front of the Queen’s Palace at Holyrood here in Edinburgh.

I must go on a tour of the palace and photograph inside the Palace gardens.

About This Photo

The small, stone building in the foreground is an outhouse in the grounds of a hospital on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and in the background are the Pentland Hills.

Here is the colour of the stone before converting to black and white:


If you are here in Edinburgh (and there are a million visitors here at the moment) then you cannot fail to see it is full of lovely buildings that were built with love and care.

And they have repaid that by surviving and settling into place. Some of them are a bit wonky, and that adds to the appeal.

And with so many visitors to the city for the festivals that are on in August, I thought I would put up a couple of photos of Edinburgh buildings for you to enjoy wherever you are.

Greyfriars Art Shop in Edinburgh

The Photography Gallery at 23a Dundas Street Edinburgh

The Old Town Bookshop Victoria Street Edinburgh