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

Short and sweet: Happy weekend!

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 and sweet: Happy weekend!

Exploring Edinburgh: Stockbridge and Circus Lane

One of the many things I like about Edinburgh — aside from its dependable, beautiful architecture and its constant greenery — is its walkability. Although the suburbs stretch far towards the hills and beaches which ring the city itself, Edinburgh’s iconic neighbourhoods (like Stockbridge or Dean Village) are within easy walking distance of the town bustle. That’s how Sunday wanders have become a bit of a routine for … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Stockbridge and Circus Lane

Exploring Edinburgh: Behind the bar at Blackbird

When we talk about creativity, we’re guilty of associating it solely with music, culture, literature or art. But what about bartending? I’d never really given much thought to this but — one nippy November night in Scotland’s capital — we opened the door to Blackbird, a cosy pub in Bruntsfield, and discovered this alcoholic artistry for ourselves. Our host for the evening was Joshua Ramsay and, … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Behind the bar at Blackbird

Exploring Edinburgh: Botanic Lights

Edinburgh is full of quiet, leafy spots you’d never believe are right in the heart of the city. Dean Village, the Water of Leith walkway, Stockbridge… and to add to these favourites, the Royal Botanic Garden. With 70 acres of alpines, woodland and shrubs, not to mention Britain’s tallest Victorian glasshouse, visiting the Botanics are a must if you’re a nature fan who’s somehow ended up … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Botanic Lights

Exploring Edinburgh: Holyrood Palace in autumn

I imagine that Holyrood Palace is to Edinburgh locals what Buckingham Palace is to Londoners. Even though I’ve only lived in the Scottish capital for a year, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve passed by the tall dark gates, peered curiously through the bars or seen tourists hurry towards the entrance. It’s one of those spots — a bit like Edinburgh Castle — which you … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Holyrood Palace in autumn

Exploring East Lothian: Autumn at Aberlady

It’s only when you move to the city after years living in the countryside that you realise you were completely spoilt. As a child, I could close our front door and in minutes be surrounded by fields, thick woodland and one of the most controversial pieces of modern architecture Scotland has ever seen (more about that here). Now, living beside one of Edinburgh‘s busiest streets, I lament the … Continue reading Exploring East Lothian: Autumn at Aberlady

Exploring East Lothian: Inveresk Lodge Garden

Last week, a fat envelope plopped onto our doormat. (Am I the only one who still adores post?) I tore open the white cover and inside were two National Trust for Scotland membership cards and a guidebook showing the Trust sites which — for a travel addict — felt rather like Christmas! Since then, B and I had been plotting where exactly we were going … Continue reading Exploring East Lothian: Inveresk Lodge Garden