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

#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

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

Short and sweet: Notes from the sofa

Happy weekend! I tap this to you from the couch where I’ve been stationed all day, nursing a gin hangover with Homeland and a gazillion cups of tea. After a weird week — starting with a bare to-do list but ending with a day of crazed storyboarding — I’ve welcomed the weekend with open arms. However, with the volatile weather, we’re unsure how we’ll spend our next few … Continue reading Short and sweet: Notes from the sofa

Exploring Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Gardens

Some weekends, you just can’t be bothered sitting in the car to escape the city. You don’t really want to have to deal with the Saturday morning congestion, the families heading for the countryside and others going to the supermarket. And then you think, ‘Why don’t I just stay put and explore my backyard?’ So this weekend, we slept in. We watched the midday sunshine … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Gardens