I’ve wandered in The Meadows pretty much every day since I came to live in Edinburgh – and am always struck by the number of fellow solo walkers who appear to be both happy and deep in contemplation. This is a city that provides loads of food for thought and recollection. Strolling up Middle Meadows Walk towards the Medical School reminds me every day that my being here in good health today is just one result of the work and discoveries of many, many great women and men who have wandered and pondered here before me …
Ars longa. Vita brevis
Art is long. Life is short
Among generally accepted meanings:
Learning one’s craft takes so long that a lifetime may not be adequate
Works of art may outlive their creators
Signatories of the American Declaration of Independence! A small world, even then?