Fire and brimstone accompanied by thunderous claps marked the end of the Edinburgh International Festival, the very end of August and probably the end of summer. It was a dramatic statement in smoke and light, tumbling over the ancient volcanic rocks of Edinburgh Castle, while a symphony orchestra played its heart out, striving to be heard over the running ribbon of bangs from the fireworks. If you’re going to do an ending, this is certainly one way to make it memorable, stunning the audience with awesome brilliance for all the senses.
There was something utterly timeless about this rather dramatic ending. All that smoke and gunpowder stirring long slumbering memories of battles, sieges and warfare fought along these ramparts in centuries past. The noise was certain to have woken all the sleepy ghosts of Edinburghs turbulent past, along with all of her current guests and residents. Visible from all seven of Edinburghs hills, this light and sound spectacular has become a traditional marker of these endings, a reminder that all good things will end. The drama and colour of Edinburghs August will give way to more subtle and subdued streets, filled with earnest students returning to their books and coffee.
Yet among the turmoil and change of beginnings and endings, some things will endure. Solid as stone and just as certain, Edinburgh Castle watches over her city, through each season and collection of visitors and residents. As summer ends and begins her slide towards autumns fruits, remember to look for the solid unchanging ground which holds our worlds stable, from the inside and out….. find your enduring patient Castle Rock, and let the fireworks dazzle then fade. Let the change roll around you and through, and yet you endure, as the breath rolls in and out of your body.