But though the new town is to me a glass through which I look at the old, the people I see passing up and down these wynds, sitting, nightcapped, on their barrow-shafts, hobbling in their blacks to church on Sunday, are less those I saw in my childhood than their fathers and mothers who did these things in the same way when my mother was young.
Once the lights of a little town are lit, who could ever hope to tell all its story, or the story of a single wynd in it?
Obviously the setting helps: this year's edition, which kicks off next Saturday, will see more than 130 artists exhibiting their work in unusual and unexpected spaces all over the Fife fishing village, which is in itself a sort of Gesamtkunstwerk, with impossibly picturesque cottages and steep, narrow wynds
packed together at odd angles around a busy working harbour.
Stromness Hugging the shore and with narrow streets and wynds
, it has a unique atmosphere, both maritime and oddly European.
Everything changes with time, including my waist line, but we risk losing too much that makes Stirling unique if we don't cherish our wonderful past including all of our odd names; so let's celebrate our wynds
, closes and slaps.
Former jute and linen mills are being converted into hotels and breweries, accomplished street art is breathing new life into decaying wynds
(alleys) and a sense of possibility is palpable.
(61) Yet in the sprawl of the city and in the closes and wynds
that run the length of the Royal Mile a great deal has been forgotten.
Explore majestic Edinburgh's lanes and wynds
This great value autumn cruise offers the opportunity to discover the historic lanes and wynds
of majestic Scottish capital Edinburgh, and features two Faroese calls, as well as the northern isles' outposts of Shetland and Orkney, adding to the pleasure.
There will also be time to explore Edinburgh, with its museums and art galleries, superb shopping and of course, the lanes and wynds
of the famous Royal Mile.
Now I knew the Quayside, knew all its wynds