As much as I love spending hours tapping stories on here, there’s something to be said for the ‘insta-blog’. I see these a lot on other websites; swift tales that are more like diary entries than fully-fledged articles. So I thought I might do something similar and start a series called short & sweet, which will basically be a place for my Friday night ramblings and wee life updates. … Continue reading Short & sweet: Happy weekend!
Wandering around a city’s streets at night is never something I’m prone to do, unless I’m stumbling out of a pub (which happens about twice a year…) or I’m wandering home from work in the depths of winter. And so it was that a few Fridays ago — as the dark fell early yet again on Edinburgh — I met up with the lovely Frances (a … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Grassmarket at night
Yes, I’m a Scot and yes, you may think I’m entirely biased… but I admit: I love Burns Night. In the sometimes sombre — and usually grey — month of January, there’s no better excuse to get in the party spirit, eat truckloads of haggis, don your glad rags (or kilts, guys!) and celebrate in true Scottish style. So for the final few days of the Big … Continue reading Burns Night: A whirlwind weekend in Dumfries!
So that’s it. Normality has resumed in a fatigued haze of awful 6am alarms, bleak breakfasts and caffeine-fuelled to do lists. But let’s just rewind right back to the start — of the new year at least — when time was slower and the only thing on my mind was where my next post-Christmas mince pie was coming from. At the beginning of 2017, we … Continue reading 4 reasons to run away to rural Perthshire
I’m not usually one for bothering with the cliché, usually abandoned-in-January New Year’s resolution. But for some reason, 2017 feels different. Perhaps it’s knowing how hard last year was for us, or maybe it’s just December’s overeating spurring me on to try something new… Whatever it is, I’m looking forward to kick-starting 2017 with a fresh perspective. So here are my simple resolutions, alongside some … Continue reading A few simple resolutions
Christmas has been and gone here on Scotland’s west coast in a swirl of torrential rain, tons of turkey and flotsams of festive wrapping paper. I honestly cannot believe we are reaching the end of another year! 2016 has been the quickest I can remember, and it’s had its fair share of ups and downs. So this week, between Christmas and New Year, is the perfect … Continue reading Saying goodbye to 2016
I have felt prematurely festive this year and — until last weekend — I blamed it all on Edinburgh. It’s tricky to keep those love-hate Christmas songs out of your head when the Street of Light is on your doorstep! Yet although Scotland’s capital is the cliché Christmas city with its European-esque market, to get the real spirit of Scotland at the start of winter we headed … Continue reading A winter weekend in Perth, Scotland