An ode (and guide) to some favourite Scottish coffee shops

There are many things to miss about life as we knew it. I’m sure we could all make endless lists on the subject. There’d no doubt be disagreements on what each deemed ‘essential’ — and others wrote off as superfluous — but we’d probably all admit that simple pleasures are more important than ever. WithContinue reading “An ode (and guide) to some favourite Scottish coffee shops”

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”

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”

Short and sweet: Blue skies and fresh eyes

My ‘short and sweet’ series is for posts that I reel off, from my fingers to my screen, in record time. Little thoughts, memories, snapshots of my Scottish existence. Here is today’s entry. Lately I’ve been suffering from severely itchy feet. Metaphorically not literally, of course. With colleagues making the most of the off-season’s budgetContinue reading “Short and sweet: Blue skies and fresh eyes”

Short and sweet: Snowdrop season in Edinburgh

A quick collection of photographs featuring the first peep of snowdrops here in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our lazy Edinburgh days — when we’re mentally miles away from work — always start with coffee. A stroll through the far corners of the New Town, where Georgian facades back onto bleak modern buildings, and finally onto Broughton StreetContinue reading “Short and sweet: Snowdrop season in Edinburgh”

A postcard from… snowy Edinburgh

Hello! Me again, long time no see… I haven’t been showing up much lately on social media or on the blog in these first weeks of 2018 (why? Well, I’ve found that the less online time the less stress I have, so I’m just embracing the offline. Or real life, some might say!). But —Continue reading “A postcard from… snowy Edinburgh”

An evening at Edinburgh’s Christmas market!

Over the past few weeks, winter has come to Edinburgh. Reports of the first frost on the Meadows; walks home with numb ears and breath clouding before me; the early sunsets that belie the true chill. I’d take a cold, dry day over rain every time and — as the weeks speed towards Christmas —Continue reading “An evening at Edinburgh’s Christmas market!”

From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian

The more I see of East Lothian, the more I love it. Sitting adjacent to historic Edinburgh, this sprawling region of countryside, castles and coastline really is a gem — and makes ideal day-trip fodder for us when we need to escape the city! This weekend (after a bit of research and map reading viaContinue reading “From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian”

Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian

As I write, looking out the window of our flat towards Arthur’s Seat, here or there a pioneering tree shouts its last of the season in yellow ochre. The dormant volcano’s rump is going from green to purple, the outcome of that colour wash the inevitable dull brown of deep winter. I wonder how manyContinue reading “Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian”