Hashtag Scotland: What’s next for our slow travel project

When I was commuting into Edinburgh each weekday — how strange it feels saying that in past tense — I kept a small notebook in which I’d scribble ideas as the train rattled towards the city. It feels like a lifetime ago when I wrote the words, Where does Hashtag Scotland go next? You may remember this project, which made many appearances on this blog … Continue reading Hashtag Scotland: What’s next for our slow travel project

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Distancing #5: More links for weekend reading

All of this series, words from life under lockdown, can be found via this link. After a week of work — which involves creating content about the coronavirus for about 7 hours a day, which as you’ve guessed doesn’t provide much opportunity from switching off from the situation we currently find ourselves in — one of the weekend’s simplest pleasures is sitting in the kitchen … Continue reading Distancing #5: More links for weekend reading

Distancing #4: When change is not a choice

Notes from journal entries penned at the end of March, edited and shared as part of a new series called Distancing. Read them all via this link. How has life changed for you in the last month? I barely recognise mine. Rewind and it’s the end of February, moving into March. I’m tallying up almost a dozen train journeys a week around Scotland’s central belt, having … Continue reading Distancing #4: When change is not a choice

Distancing #2: Indoors is the new outdoors

This is part of a new series called Distancing, short blogs mostly taken from journal entries. I hope you’re all staying safe. A few days ago we went on a ten-mile walk somewhere in Scotland. The last time we were here, it was a glorious January day and the thought of a global pandemic was very far from our minds. Back then, we passed just a … Continue reading Distancing #2: Indoors is the new outdoors

Distancing #1: Losing my job and abandoning anxiety

We are all navigating a ‘new normal’. Like many, I don’t know how to process it — I can only write. Writing has always been cathartic for me, and so I am going to share a new series called Distancing. These blogs will be short notes, mostly taken from journal entries, and shared here. I hope you’re all taking care and following government guidelines. The last time I blogged … Continue reading Distancing #1: Losing my job and abandoning anxiety

Short and sweet: The temptation to take photos

Today we drove a short distance along the coast, deciding to walk a tree-lined stretch of gravel track beside a golf course. Every weather app and news outlet had forecasted an incoming storm; the breeze was powerful, the air so fresh we gulped it into our stagnant office bodies, and the waves turned white in the Forth. It was a beautiful winter’s day. I had … Continue reading Short and sweet: The temptation to take photos