On Tuesday I went to the part of Edinburgh l grew up in and left in 1986. I sought out the two houses I had been brought up in but this was a mistake. They had changed beyond all recognition and this left me very low indeed. The local shopping area ( Happy Valley) had change dramatically with shops pulled down and the girder skeletons marking new building ventures.
However I decided to walk along the canal ( used to do so often in my student days) back to the centre of the city. As I walked along the waterside my spirts rose as I saw how much improved the canal path and surroundings were. Regeneration had taken place and it was thriving with narrow boats, flowers, canoeists and new housing. I was delighted with what I saw.