Auld Reekie

Before Edinburgh was being lauded as the ‘Athens of the North’, it contended with a less savoury reputation. The Auld Reekie, as Edinburgh is sometimes still affectionately called, means ‘Old Smokey’ in the Scots dialect. Although the city is now renowned for its architectural splendour and beautiful natural surroundings, things were quite different in theContinue reading “Auld Reekie”

Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Just as beautiful in January. The scent of flora and fauna was deliciously refreshing and, with fewer visitors in this month, it was a deeply relaxing meander in nature. Despite little flower bloom in the garden, there was still a great variety of natural hues to feast the eyes, and the glasshouses provided an abundanceContinue reading “Botanic Garden, Edinburgh”

Water of Leith

The Water of Leith is the main river flowing through Edinburgh, from the Pentland Hills to the port of Leith, where it flows into the sea via the Firth of Forth. Today we walked 4,250 steps to the small waterfall in Leith. It wasn’t easy going as Tango kept putting the brakes on. Maybe he’sContinue reading “Water of Leith”

NHS For Pets

Sir Stinkalot of Doggleton-Wagfordshire, aka Tango, went to see the vet today. But not just any old bog-standard, garden-gnome variety vet, no. We went to the Edinburgh Pet Hospital run by the PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals). It’s like the NHS for pets, except the waiting times aren’t as long as they are inContinue reading “NHS For Pets”

About Me

I’m going to publish a post today. Why am I doing this? I’m blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal, because my journal entries are becoming shorter, to the point of three sentences. I need a sense of audience to write more and write better. And it’d be nice to make some connections. I’llContinue reading “About Me”