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

Exploring Edinburgh: Duddingston & Dr Neil’s Garden

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

Exploring Edinburgh: The Vennel, Grassmarket

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