Our wonderful city of Edinburgh has a clear and regular pulse.  It is known as ‘the festival city’ for good reason.  Throughout the year, you attend find major events of interest, covering everything from science to food and drink.

The summer is the busiest period, and it is around this time of year that Hub and I start gearing up for full entertainment immersion.

First to come will be the Jazz and Blues Festival.  We already have tickets for a couple of events. Next are the famous Edinburgh International Festival and the amazing Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  In parallel are the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  Again, we are already well-furnished with tickets across the board. We are also this year looking forward to our first trip to the World Pipe Band Championships held in Glasgow.


Other annual traditions add to the year’s punctuation.  The floral clock in Princes Street Gardens is one such example.  This year it celebrates the 200th anniversary of The Scotsman newspaper.

Having lived here for over seven years, we are very much ‘in the swing’ of Edinburgh’s beats.  We are incredibly lucky to have all these riches on our doorstep.

There will, however, be rather an important difference for us this summer.  Today is Hub’s last day in full-time employment.  After 39 years of public service he is taking (slightly) early retirement.  It is a momentous time for us as we move to a wonderful new chapter in our lives together.

He has had a marvellous and illustrious career. The opportunity now to take life a bit easier, while trying out some new endeavours, is more than well-deserved.

I am so very proud of him and am delighted that we will now be creating a new life rhythm together.  🙂