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 & sweet: Solo walks in the city
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 hotbed of manufacturing and mines in days gone by; history and beautiful buildings at times were razed to make way for modern industries … Continue reading 5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt
4.30am in Edinburgh. It’s the morning after election day and, after hours spent stationary on the sofa, I notice the cracks of daylight below the curtains. I pull them back and the sky is turning from pastel to blue over the hulk of Arthur’s Seat, the dormant volcano that looms over the Edinburgh skyline. I can make out small dots on the summit and I … Continue reading Short & sweet: After the election
When spring exploded this year — in a patchwork blanket of bright colour, little leaves unfurling like party poppers — it felt new. To me, at least. I had no deja-vu; I couldn’t recall the same season in my Edinburgh memories from last year. It could well have been due to other distractions at the time but — whatever it was — spring seemed more vivid … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: A blossom walking tour!
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 & sweet: Sundays at Söderberg
It feels like spring has truly arrived. The streets are buzzing with cosmopolitans sporting denim jackets (myself included). Cliques sit outside hipster cafés and bars in the mild heat. The brave souls among us even have their pale legs out in the sunshine (myself not included). This is the kind of weather I’d forgotten I loved, back in the wilds of winter when I was hoping … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Duddingston & Dr Neil’s Garden
It was the first time I’d been up this street. Or should I say up the stairs? My stomach stuffed with Lovecrumbs coffee and cake, I weaved back down to the Grassmarket and saw the sign. The Vennel. My camera bag was over my shoulder; the first time it had escaped my office drawer since Monday (always the sign of a hectic week). I unzipped its corners … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: The Vennel, Grassmarket