My birthday was a long while ago, but I had these photos sitting around in my hard drive and I wanted to share them with you. It’s funny having a blog because you are intentionally or unintentionally curating a space which presents only aspects of your life. No one could share their whole life on a blog or perfectly convey every facet of their personality. I am aware that I have accidentally created an image of myself on here that is more twee and more wholesome than my real-life personality. I think it’s partly because my Grandparents read my blog (hi Nana – I love you!) and partly because I like to write about the positive, often frivolous moments in my life like days out and dresses. My birthday (unusually for me) ended up being very much in keeping with my wholesome online persona – I spent the day with James, driving around historic and rural parts of Scotland. I didn’t even drink once!
We began the day with a hearty full Scottish breakfast at BBL in Edinburgh – they hand-make their own vegan sausages! It was delicious, although it’s a takeaway place really and there’s only one sit-down table, so I wouldn’t visit with a larger group. The morning was spent in the Royal Burgh of Culross. Just north of the Firth of Forth, it’s an ancient town that flourished in the 17th century from salt and coal trade and hasn’t physically changed much since. We visited the Town House – where witches were tried and jailed – and Culross Palace, which has been preserved with 17th century decor intact. The garden of the palace was a favourite for me, with layers of vegetable gardens and rose bushes separated by old stone walls. I could have stayed all day! It’s a beautiful village and we eerily had the whole place to ourselves to explore.
In the afternoon, we drove across to Luss, on the West side of Loch Lomond. It always surprises me going north of Edinburgh to Stirling or the Trossachs when the snow covered mountains appear on the horizon. It feels so much more wild and Scottish when you can see snow. After some warming chips in the pub we had a wander along the lake – there’s not a lot else to do there – and watched storm clouds gather above the mountains. For dinner, we sped back down the motorway to Usha’s, a vegan friendly Indian restaurant in Glasgow. Glasgow has a bit of an unfair reputation – among English people at least – for being rough and rowdy. Whilst it certainly has less-nice areas, I think the reputation’s unfair. There’s an amazing music scene in Glasgow, gorgeous art galleries, and most surprisingly the most vegan restaurants per capita of anywhere in the UK. There’s vegan food everywhere and so I grab every chance I get to visit Glasgow and try something new.