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Diary: Lockdown

2nd May 2020

‘Diarist’ is a word that has been playing on my mind lately. It’s taken until my mid-twenties for my journaling ‘habit’ to happen, yet recently I’ve been thinking about this word ‘diarist’ and how some writers have been described as such. Did they write their journals knowing they would be read by others? Is that why the language is so eloquent and the entries un-mundane?…

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Bonailie: Small businesses delivering safely

25th March 2020
Bonailie logo.

Bonailie | noun | “farewell, a parting toast.” In Scots language, it’s pretty much ‘one for the road’, derived from French bon (good) and aller (to go). It’s meant to be a cheery parting, and it sums up how I felt just over a week ago as I drank up my wine and was handed a croissant for the road in a local bar. We…

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Fore Play Crazy Golf

7th March 2020

Sometimes when the news is getting you down and supermarkets are running out of toilet paper, a good laugh is just what you need. My approach to the coronavirus panic is to carry on as normal, keep having fun, wash my hands a bit too much, and keep eating loads of fruit and veg.   I’ll admit, the first Friday night of Edinburgh’s new pop-up…

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Paint and wine: Highland landscapes

2nd March 2020
Photo of highland landscape paintings on easels.

‘Go to an art class’ was one of two items on my list of things to do last year that I never did. If only I had added it to this year’s list as I’m now signed up to a 10-week illustration course and, just for fun, I attended a paint and wine class with some friends. We were painting highland landscapes with popcorn, wine…

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Tyrannosaurs at the National Museum

1st March 2020
Photo of tyrannosaur skulls.

You know that scene in Jurassic Park when the cup of water ripples ominously? I could watch that over and over, and I did several times a day as a kid – Jurassic Park was, and still is, my all time favourite film. I can never forget the sound of the rain bouncing off the self-driving cars, the pinging noise as the electric fencing snapped…

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Diary: My Top 10 of 2019

1st January 2020
Photo of Scottish Highlands.

It’s been a few years since I wrote a reflective post at New Year, but I think 2019 deserves a little reminiscence before I dive into the new decade! There have been lots of stand out moments for me this year including a new job and settling into my new flat, but it was the smaller things that I loved the most in 2019. Visited…

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Diary: Twenty-seven

8th December 2019
Photo of cheesy empire biscuits.

Having a mid-week birthday makes it easier to get away with a prolonged celebration, and that’s exactly what I did! I’m officially in my ‘late-20s’ now, and I celebrated with two birthday cakes, lots of partying and my first ever massage. That’s right, it’s taken 27 years for me to check that one off my list! The family birthday My Mum is the queen of…

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Porto: Pastel de nata, port and a pink house

11th August 2019
Photo of Porto.

There’s floodwater outside my window, a grey curtain has come down over Edinburgh and I’m thoroughly enjoying a pastel de nata as I write for what feels like the first time in forever. At last, I’m back with a story about port, custard tarts and a pink house in Portugal.   Porto is steep with lots of Hollywood-style signs glowing on the Gaia hillsides, marking…

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St Abbs and the Scottish Borders

24th April 2019
Photo of St Abbs in the sunshine.

It might be foggy and grey now, but just last week the sun was blazing and perfect for a road trip down Scotland’s southeastern coast. Josh came along, and by some strange coincidence both of our phone batteries drained almost instantly as we headed south (I blame the spooky cellars of Dirleton Castle, our first stop out of Edinburgh). This meant using old-fashioned road signs…

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Making pancakes in the rain

5th March 2019
Photo of a savoury crepe wrapped in a napkin.

This is my last week working in the city centre and I’m so glad I was here for pancake day. One of my favourite bakeries in Edinburgh is just a few steps from my office, and I had an inkling they’d have something totally unexpected and unusual on their cake counter this morning. They are the bakers behind West Port’s famous Sconefest after all. As…

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