A Few Thoughts on the Scottish Winter: and the Water of Leith

Is it spring yet? What? No?! It’s only *mid February*?! How can that even be possible?! I’m sure I’m right in saying that January was at least 14 or 15 weeks long, yes? Winter in Scotland can be a bit challenging. It’s dreich, it’s cold, it’s icy – and if you’re anything like me, you… Continue reading A Few Thoughts on the Scottish Winter: and the Water of Leith

‘Tis the Season… Let’s Talk Scotland’s Reflections on 2017 (Part 1)

No, don’t stop reading before you even start! This isn’t going to be some pishy, hippy, wanky look back at a year in which I have been “blessed” or “found myself”, or a reflection on how *another* year has flown by and I’m one step closer to death (although, that last bit is very true).… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season… Let’s Talk Scotland’s Reflections on 2017 (Part 1)

The “Let’s Talk Scotland” Inevitable Rant about Hallowe’en

*Rolls up sleeves and prepares for a sweary rant – you have been warned* Hallowe’en is almost upon us! For those of you who live in cute country villages or neat suburban streets, that means welcoming the wee weans from the local area all dressed up in “scary” costumes crafted by them with the help… Continue reading The “Let’s Talk Scotland” Inevitable Rant about Hallowe’en

The Let’s Talk Scotland Edinburgh Festival(s) Survival Guide. Well, kind of…

As you will have picked up if you know me / read my blog, I am a resident of Edinburgh – and have been for twenty years. Over those two decades, I have developed a love / hate relationship with the behemoth that is the Edinburgh Festival. This year’s began a week or so ago… Continue reading The Let’s Talk Scotland Edinburgh Festival(s) Survival Guide. Well, kind of…

The Let’s Talk Scotland Guide to Scottish Wildlife (aka how to epically fail to spot it…)

(Before I start, a quick note: unlike most of my blog posts, the majority of the photos in this one are not mine – they have been nicked from ‘tinterweb (from sites where you’re allowed to do that – I checked!). The reason for this will become apparent very shortly… – – – Scotland is… Continue reading The Let’s Talk Scotland Guide to Scottish Wildlife (aka how to epically fail to spot it…)