Once upon a time there was a little girl who was nuts about animals. She went to the zoo and the museum regularly and lived round the corner from the veterinary college. From about the age of 2 she wanted to be a vet and work at the zoo. She collected plastic animals and memorised lots of facts. She also loved plants and did the same for them, visiting the botanic gardens and leafing through her father's textbooks. Then she went to school and it all went wrong. How it went wrong is long and complicated, took 50 years to work out and doesn't belong in this blog post.
The little girl never went to vet school. The college round the corner eventually moved to an out of town site.
The old college buildings have become a wonderful arts venue in the heart of Edinburgh. After a twisty turny careery thing, the little girl realised she had been a textile artist all along. At last the girl and the college have come together and the arts centre is home to her textile work for the next two weeks of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.