Sunday, July 24, 2011

Edinburgh; Closes and Vennels.

Leith 1698-ish; As you can see, there's an alleyway between the back of the old houses, out to the road. To the rest of the world, it's an 'arched alleyway'

To Scots, it's a 'close' or 'vennel'.

I can still hear the cries of "Where will I put ma' bike?"

"Aye, stick it in the vennel."

We even played football, one player each side, with the close as our entire football pitch. If the ball was kicked past us, out into the open, it was a goal.

We took it real serious.

It caused real vibration in the houses to either side, mind you. I remember getting chased up to the 'back field' to play many times.

Anyway.... closes and vennels.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure if the "Back Field " exists anymore as it was in our childhood, lots of House have been built up there in the past 4 or 5 yeasr. "Progress" they say... In fact both "Back Fields " Yours and mine both have houses on them now.


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