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Saturday, 21 January 2012

I just found BOY a duo of musical brilliance

I've recently discovered this German duo and I'm really loving their music, she has such a soft and beautiful voice and their songs having been playing round in my head on constant repeat since I first stumbled across them, found myself singing them quite a bit too whilst pottering around the flat, always the sign of good music.

Remember when people used to write letters

ok, so it's no secret that I'm and old girl at heart and like to do things the old fashioned way so it wont surprise some of you that I've set myself the challenge of bringing back the lost art form of letter writing. Now my handwriting is not the best , and my spelling ... well haha that's as creative as I am ;) ...but I like to think the recipients will look past that and see that I've taken the time to sit down and written to them, so the first instalments are in the post and I'm hoping they will pick up the letter chain and write back to me, this has really got my creative blood flowing though, I'm planning on taking it further with a new to me but very old typewriter and plan to stitch into them and make each letter a work of post'able art.
So here is to turning off technology and taking the simpler approach to communication, may be a little slower but the simpler plans are usually the best.

1st stop . Cramond, Edinburgh

So I have given myself the task of seeing as much of Scotland as I can while Edinburgh is my base, and I've started as I mean to go on.
First stop : Cramond.
The folks were coming up for the weekend and decided it would be could to take them somewhere new, for them but also for me and make use of my Dad's car and going further afield that I would possibly be able to get to on my own.
So with the advise from my flatmate off we went to Cramond. A place I'd not heard of but told it was a lovely place on the coast and good for long walks. Which we needed to burn off the yummy but huge roast lunch we had - after all that's what Sunday's are for no?
This place was just as lovely as Maggie described it, a very peaceful place and a lovely long stretch along the waters edge for you to walk, if you time it right you can get across to the island when its low tide.
My Dad laughed at me, is that camera glued to your hands missy ... I really love my cameras though and I think I got some good shots this day, it was a very tranquil scene, the water was so still and the air so cold, although there were plenty of folk around walking the same route it was quite and almost eerie.
I'd like to go back here once I've acquired a bike, I think it would be a lovely cycle.

Switch London for Scotland

With the big sis living in London town I don't get to see her as much as I would like, and now I've moved I've added at least another 3 hours onto that journey its making it harder.
So after being able to surprisingly join her at my Mum's for New year while she was in the north east she took the train North and came to spend a few days in Edinburgh.
Sadly I had to work and well anyone that knows my Sister knows she's not an early riser so my few hours a day I got with her were limited but nice. Naturally we abused her hair dressing tool kit and she changed my hair for me, I'd grown tired of being a redhead as much as I liked it I felt like going natural again so I am for the time being a brunette again and quite content.
These photos were taken outside a lovely little bar I've found in the city called Monteiths.
Only noticeable by the bundle of fairy lights that guide you down a wicker tunnel, again lit by fairy lights and in to a warm and cosy bar with chesterfield arm chairs and yummy cocktails.
I shall definitely be heading back there again soon.

Home in time for Christmas

Christmas made perfect with the reindeer on Princes Street

The folks in Princes Street Gardens

Walking Arthur's seat with my brother on Christmas Day - it was a little windy?!?
note the scarf I knitted while bed bound with a broken foot - defo a winter warmer

It's quite nice to read for myself and some of my older followers will remember my posts from last Christmas longing for the days of living in Edinburgh and the trip I took with my Brother where I set myself the time scale of living there by the following Christmas
- and iv gone a done it :)
As my timing was a little bit mad, the family decided to break with tradition of Christmas at my Mum's and all decided to come north and spend it with me in my little flat in the city.
I have to say, I am a traditional girl at heart but I welcomed this change, for the first time in years I was given Christmas off so we spent Christmas eve at the market and fair on Princes Street made extra christmassy by the reindeer's that were out for the day and then heading home for a lot of chocolate watching good old classics like home alone.
It was even nicer that my Brother made it home from France for the weekend, a surprise to the folks I wish I could have witnessed ( - priceless reactions I'd imagine) but all the same was lovely to be able to show him my new home. On Christmas day itself we seemed to join in what possibly is a Scots traditional in the local area of walking Arthur's seat. Living in the surrounding areas its a really lovely view and a great place to walk.
I like the simple things in life and it made me smile that everyone who passed us wished us merry Christmas, such a simple gesture but politeness that I feel is usually lost these days.

Walking with the family in tow in the very high winds that like to batter Edinburgh, gave me time to think and reminisce of being a child and going off into the country with the family for weekends of walking, something at the time seemed boring and something I did as the whole family was doing it and I wasn't going to be left behind.. I realise now how lucky I was to be able to go those places and have that family time in the great outdoors.

This a pact I've made with myself, to see as much of Scotland as I can while Edinburgh is my base, and ideally do most on foot.
Something about the Scottish air that seems as though you can breathe deeper and clearer.
The explorer in me is excited to get out there and see what I can find

last walk along the river

I think once thing I always took a little for granted was the Newcastle Quayside, a city famed for its bridges and it really is a lovely place to walk and take in the view. On my last day before the long drive north myself and the folks went for lunch on the quay and took a nice long walk, it was a lovely day and just as we were walking home the sun started to go down and the river looked stunning and picture perfect. I must admit I did get a little bit blurry eyed it hit me walking along the water what I was leaving behind and that mad panic moment of
am i doing the right thing?
but life is a journey is it not? and I think mine is just about to start ..

farewell to my home town

My lovely work ladies, you made working days fun

My lovely Louise and Leigh , best wives a lady could ask for <3

So there it was , after a year of trying I suddenly find myself with only 2 weeks left in the city I've spent the last 24 years in, but I don't have time to freak out I've a heck of a lot of stuff to pack up and say goodbye to my lovely ladies.
What other way would I say goodbye and spend my last night here other than a quiet booth in my favourite bar and some divine cocktails with my friends, this is the first time its hit me what I'm leaving behind, I'm very lucky to have some of these ladies in my life and I am going to miss them but also look forward to their weekend visits

ooops where did that time go ....

Firstly I'd like to apologise for the lack of posts and quite simply looking like I've fallen off the face of the earth ... not quite more fell over the border .... eventually! so I guess these next few posts are more a catch up. I seem to have acquired 5 new followers so to you ladies, welcome to my ramblings I hope you enjoy them.

So since my last post was in August ( eeek! sorry) this is a quick round up of what happened and hopefully you will see how I've not had time to sit down.
So seemingly last time I wrote I was still off work with my broken foot and slowly getting cabin fever and looking forward to returning to work ... for what was only a short time as when I returned I was given those horrid words of ''possible redundancies'' . . I escaped this but what I was offered made it almost impossible to stay so alas I found myself back at home and jobless.
I'm an avid believer in fate and how everything is mapped out for you, you just have to follow it through and after these last few months I'm an even bigger believer.

if i hadn't broke my foot, i wouldn't have been off work for so long, and wouldn't have had that time to hammer the Scottish job sites and apply to everything I found and then wouldn't have lost my job through my sickness level ....
but that is exactly what happened and within a week of leaving said place of work I was offered a an interview and then a job in my beloved Edinburgh.
FINALLY after a year of trying it all started to slot into place, so me being me and not doing things by halves had 2 weeks to say goodbye to my home town and friends and move over the border to start my new life ... and just in time for the new year ...
yes I must be mad to move my entire life 2 weeks before Christmas but that is what I did and somehow managed to pull off without too much stress.

So now my ramblings come to you from the lovely city of Edinburgh and I'm glad to say within days I felt totally and home and just wished id been able to do it sooner.

lets see what mischief I find myself in, in this town :)