To me, there is nothing more self-indulgent and introspective than reading. It’s a selfish and complete escape. It has nothing to do with work, no bearing on my blog (which, really, is another form of work) nor does it involve other people and their unpredictable behaviour (I say this flippantly, of course). It’s just you, paper, words, and pure imagination. As we come into autumn, … Continue reading On my bookshelf: 3 for dark nights
Recently my fellow Scotlander Nicola was asked to speak at a Chartered Institute of Public Relations event in Edinburgh… And she asked Patricia and I to be her sidekicks for the night. The CIPR Scotland talk was titled ‘Social in the City’, and its main aim was to give Scottish PR professionals more information about how to work with bloggers and Instagrammers. We were joined by local Instagram … Continue reading CIPR talk: How to work with bloggers
After weeks of buzz, book signings, bizarre theatre and big personalities, the Edinburgh Festivals have let their curtain finally fall. The city has returned to relative normality: the New Town shopping streets’ lunchtime rush now consists of bleary-eyed office workers emerging from their August hibernation; the little that’s left of the Festivals is just flotsam in the centre of George Street. This year’s events will have … Continue reading Goodbye, Edinburgh Festivals!
Standing on the edge of East Lothian — with golden fields to your back, the Bass Rock ahead of you, and slim Fife on the horizon — you can almost imagine that this landscape has barely changed in centuries. Aside from the new roads and oil rigs floating out at sea, there’s one part of this rocky coastline which has seen its fair share of gunfire, rivalry and … Continue reading Exploring East Lothian: Tantallon Castle
When you tell folk that you are spending the summer in Scotland, they frequently utter that ‘oh right’ or ‘hmmm’ murmur that basically translates as, ‘Good luck with the weather.’ However, when you manage to sneak in that you’re actually heading to Arisaig, they nod and know exactly why. If you have ever visited the isolated west coast village of Arisaig, you’ll have fallen in love. … Continue reading A postcard from… Arisaig
Sometimes the unplanned, spur-of-the-moment trips are up there with the best… Don’t you think? Last weekend, after a night at the Lake of Menteith, we drove west beside the flat lands of the River Teith before parking up at Doune Castle. Hidden in a hunk of green leaves beside the water, we felt like we’d stumbled upon a gem. Which actually, we kind of had. … Continue reading Discovering Doune Castle
Last week, a fat envelope plopped onto our doormat. (Am I the only one who still adores post?) I tore open the white cover and inside were two National Trust for Scotland membership cards and a guidebook showing the Trust sites which — for a travel addict — felt rather like Christmas! Since then, B and I had been plotting where exactly we were going … Continue reading Exploring East Lothian: Inveresk Lodge Garden