A postcard from… Inverness and the Black Isle

Exploring like the locals It’s been over a year since we were last in the Highland capital. My partner and I fell in love there, so the city and its surroundings are like a planet we orbit around, its emotional pull growing with each return visit. Last holiday weekend we were there to visit his familyContinue reading “A postcard from… Inverness and the Black Isle”

A postcard from… Aberdeen Jazz Festival

Advertisement | This post is sponsored by VisitAberdeenshire and Aberdeen Festivals. That day at work, I was talking to my colleagues about New Orleans. I’d recently watched a few films about Louisiana, and — in a very suburban twist, for me at least — had begun sinking into jazz playlists on Saturday mornings whilst I baked,Continue reading “A postcard from… Aberdeen Jazz Festival”

Life in Fife: A walk to mark the weekend

A quick blog based on yesterday’s evening stroll and the notes I took afterwards in a journal, scrawled vertically whilst lying in bed before midnight. The sky was hazy, like viewing it through condensation on glass. ‘Walk?’ B messaged me. We hadn’t done this yet, but this notion we had before we moved to FifeContinue reading “Life in Fife: A walk to mark the weekend”

Using social media more mindfully

Is social media serving a purpose in your life, or is it just a distraction? After five years of using digital channels for my weekday career and blogging side hustle, this is a question that bounces around in my brain on a near-daily basis. Why? Because over the past few years I’ve begun to noticeContinue reading “Using social media more mindfully”

How to spend a weekend in Aberdeen

Advertisement | This post is sponsored by the lovely folk at VisitAberdeenshire. We’re not long back from a sunny weekend in Aberdeen on Scotland’s east coast. You may have noticed on Instagram that this was a sponsored trip; I was invited to cover Aberdeen’s Jazz Festival by the region’s tourist board but aside from thoseContinue reading “How to spend a weekend in Aberdeen”

Life in Fife: Little signs of spring

Yesterday we hiked up the hill behind our house. I say hike because this crag is far from a leisurely weekend stroll: the first part sees the walker take on a steep, leaf-lined trail before meeting a welcome flat pasture; from there, a grassy cattle road is joined and soon he or she is pointedContinue reading “Life in Fife: Little signs of spring”

Life in Fife: A cold, coastal stroll in Elie

Happy new year, everyone! We rang in 2019 with bad dancing and the inevitability of colder months to come. Two weeks later, we sat at the kitchen table, enjoying the bright light reaching through the sparse branches behind our house. It looked warm outside. But on consulting the forecast, we packed hats and gloves alongside our picnic lunchContinue reading “Life in Fife: A cold, coastal stroll in Elie”

Life in Fife: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This is our first Christmas since moving north, across the river, to Fife. And here’s a long-overdue life update: I feel happier; less hurried. Each weekday I commute home from Edinburgh, switching off as soon as I close the door. Things have recalibrated—they had begun to at the start of the year, as I mentionedContinue reading “Life in Fife: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”

Short and sweet: That Friday feeling

This week has felt like the trials for an athletic event, albeit for the working mind. I’m in the qualifying stages, each day aiming to hit the required deadline, and only just making the mark. I have genuinely been leaving work with the blushed skin that follows exercise-induced breathlessness; the ink on my to-do listContinue reading “Short and sweet: That Friday feeling”

Autumn in Dunkeld: Is this the Instagram effect?

One bright weekend this October, we spent the day in Perthshire. This is somewhat of an autumnal rite-of-passage for white-collared Scots, eager to forget their commute and embrace nature as the nights darken. A wild, well-off region of ancient trees, hills and back-in-time villages, Perthshire is a photographer’s paradise at this time of year — asContinue reading “Autumn in Dunkeld: Is this the Instagram effect?”