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Happy New Year!

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A very warm welcome to 2017.

We thought you might like to see this footage of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay fireworks, taken by Hub from our apartment window.  The castle is about a mile away, and we had a great view.  It was also super to be able to hear the incredible noise of the fireworks, the cheering of the thousands of people who were watching in Princes Street Gardens, and their singing of Auld Lang Syne!

We hope you had an enjoyable festive season.  Hub and I send you our best wishes for a happy and peaceful year. 🙂

Christmas Fairies at Edinburgh Airport

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Just when you thought it was safe to dry your eyes after watching the wonderful Christmas advert from Poland which I wrote about last week, here’s an even bigger tear jerker.  And what’s more, it was filmed a short distance away from me at Edinburgh Airport.

I am indebted to my dear friends Clanmother and Gallivanta for telling me about this one. 🙂

Decorating The Christmas Tree – a quick guide

I love having our Christmas decorations up.  But I’m not a big fan of actually putting them up.  I am therefore extremely lucky that my dear Hub is prepared to do it.

We normally decorate nearer to Christmas itself.  For various reasons, and bearing in mind the timing of various visits this year, this past weekend was designated as decorating day.

I love being able to get out all out the various Christmas bits and bobs.  These mugs give me a ridiculous amount of pleasure, for example…


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Edinburgh’s Christmas has arrived!

This weekend saw the launch of Edinburgh’s Christmas season.  It is a magical time and there is much to enjoy.  I’ll be posting a few shots of the various treats available to us in coming posts.  For starters, here is a view of the Princes Street Gardens, where you can visit the European market and Santa Land.  As you can see, we had glorious weather on Saturday.


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Of course, it all really comes into its own at night…


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The black ‘blobs’ you can see at the foot of this last shot are the heads of people.  There were huge crowds taking in all the sights and sounds.  Very sensible – there is no better place to celebrate the season! 🙂

Bad News, Good News!

My Dear Friends,

Oh!  How I have missed you all this past week.  My usual routine was unexpectedly thrown out the window when I experienced an nightmare tear in my left cornea – ouch!!

I must first say what wonderful support I received from my GP and my optician.  I was treated within a few hours of contacting them.  And the medicine they prescribed starting working immediately, with the result that, one week on, my eye is pretty much completely better.

So I have gone from being in agony, not being able to bear light, unable to look at anything or read or type etc, to virtual normality (or as normal as I am ever going to get, as Hub might say!).

This is handy timing because it is today my birthday. 🙂

I have spent a lovely day with Hub and my Mum and step-Dad, having a delicious lunch out and exploring a new-to-us garden in Edinburgh.

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Right here, right now….

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.  If you are attentive, you will see it.

~ Thich Naht Hanh

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram (see links at the foot of this page if you are interested!) will know that I am slightly obsessed about posting photographs of the beautiful sunsets with which we are blessed here in Scotland.  Hub and I are lucky enough to live in an apartment with a fabulous view – it is an excellent vantage point for weather-watching.

Last night, I shared this photo – a stunning example of the evening skies to which we are treated:


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Books, Glorious Books!


I cannot live without books.

~ Thomas Jefferson

I mentioned in my last reading review post that I was looking forward to attending several events at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.  What a bibliographic feast!

I love the atmosphere at this festival.  It is peaceful and calm, yet humming under the surface with anticipation, enjoyment and wonder at all the riches which the literary world has to offer.

I attended four events:  a recording of the BBC’s Open Book programme, hosted by Mariella Frostrup and written about in this post;  and author events with Lionel Shriver, Jessie Burton and Susan Fletcher, and Tom Gauld.

They were all wonderful, in very different ways.  Lionel Shriver spoken incisively, intelligently and comprehensively about her fears for western society in the short and medium future, building on the theme of her latest book The Mandibles.  Jessie Burton and Susan Fletcher compared notes about art, celebrity and identity when discussing their books The Muse and Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew.  Tom Gauld was fascinatingly fulsome in sharing a range of images which inspired his book Mooncop, along with thoughts on the process of developing a graphic novel.

He was also very generous with his time and skill when it came to the book signing session.  He drew a small picture for each person.  Here is mine.


I cannot tell you how much pleasure this gives me.  Mr Gauld was prepared to have a proper discussion with me about how to develop a love for graphic novels, the colours chosen for his book and the clever conveying of emotion with just a few strokes of the pen.  Fabulous!  I am already looking forward to next year’s festival. 🙂


Another Edinburgh Spectacle

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The full cast – Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2016

One of our annual fixtures is a trip to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  We love this fabulous show that has the perfect combination of new acts and themes each year, along with beloved core elements, such as the massed pipe bands.

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