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 budget flights, I’ve suddenly come to the realisation that as great … Continue 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 Street and our favourite Soderberg haunt. Creamy latte, cinnamon bun, and … Continue 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 — very quickly — I wanted to share with you some … 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 — this wintry weather is but encouraging my festive spirit (and … Continue reading An evening at Edinburgh’s Christmas market!

A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip!

AD: This trip was kindly funded by VisitScotland. Even before Outlander first hit our screens back in 2014, one thing was crystal clear: Scotland is magical. Okay, the likelihood of travelling back in time through standing stones or meeting an entrantress in the pub is slim, but you just have to look at our country to be enthralled by its landscapes, history, castles and culture. … Continue reading A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip!

#EdinBloom: Welcome back, festival season!

It’s August in Edinburgh and that can mean only one thing: the Festivals. I wrote recently about how, during summer in the Scottish capital, it feels like there is a party around every corner. In August, it’s that feeling on steroids. The city centre shakes with music, narrow streets shrink further with the crowds, tipsy tourists walk purposefully towards their next engagement, and artists of … Continue reading #EdinBloom: Welcome back, festival season!

Short and sweet: Solo walks in the city

It’s quiet here. All I can hear are the melodies of the songbirds and the slightly more discordant squawks of the gulls; the distant sound of traffic (rather like a long exhale) and the cold tap of something, somewhere, in the skeleton of our tenement flat near the city centre. Life has felt a bit lonely recently. My other half is working in Europe for … Continue reading Short and sweet: Solo walks in the city

5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

AD: This trip was sponsored by Dig It! to promote their Hidden Gems campaign, giving some love to some of Scotland’s lesser-known historic jewels. One of my favourite phrases — which I fire at friends and visitors alike — is, ‘there’s history everywhere you go in Scotland.’ But in some parts of our dear green country, it’s harder to believe. The central belt especially was a … Continue reading 5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

Exploring Edinburgh: A blossom walking tour

When spring explodes in Edinburgh — in a patchwork blanket of bright colour, little leaves unfurling like party poppers — it always feels brand new (to me, at least). I can never recall this season in Scotland’s capital as vivid as it appears to my tired, winter-dulled eyes. When you have an afternoon to yourself at this time of year (following a brilliant brunch with … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: A blossom walking tour

Short and sweet: Sundays at Söderberg

Ever since B’s car broke down a few weekends ago, we’ve been like birds with clipped wings. No more weekend migrations to the coast or the Highlands; no last-minute road trips back west to see my family; we’ve even started getting our shopping delivered (this feels a little lazy and too twenty-first century to me). Yet, in reducing our ability to travel, we’ve explored more of … Continue reading Short and sweet: Sundays at Söderberg