4 ways to feel like a local in North London

It was a bank holiday, there was a heatwave, and we were heading south. Last weekend — for a mere 48 hours — we waltzed about London, the UK’s buzzing multicultural capital. It had literally been half a decade since my last visit and (to be honest) I was a bit petrified. I’m a lass who thrives on empty spaces and simple pleasures; as I reflected, … Continue reading 4 ways to feel like a local in North London

Exploring East Lothian: North Berwick

Since the start of May, the weather on Scotland’s east coast has been stunning. Even if the days have dawned with the greyness of sea mist, by lunchtime it’s burnt off and the sky is a marvellous blue. We’ve been getting out as much as possible to enjoy it (because you never know how long good weather’s going to last in Scotland…) Last weekend’s jaunt … Continue reading Exploring East Lothian: North Berwick

Exploring Edinburgh: A blossom walking tour!

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!

Short & 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 & 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

The first day of spring at Aberdour Castle

Happy first day of spring, folks! We took today off work in anticipation of another adventure but — as predicted in Scotland — the weather was being classically… well, unpredictable. Instead, our spring equinox became a day of dodging hefty rain showers, apocalyptic clouds and rush hour traffic en route to Aberdour. A seaside village on the south coast of Fife, Aberdour is a popular commuter town — … Continue reading The first day of spring at Aberdour Castle