New Year in the Highlands
Hiking in the Pentlands
Weekend walks to Dean Village and the Water of Leith
Veggie burgers at Holy Cow!
Apologies that my photos are a little gloomy this month but it’s January in Scotland so, you know, accurate. I’ve been in Edinburgh for every weekend this month, which never happens the rest of the year. I kicked off 2017 in a cosy cottage in the Highlands, with a bunch of my best friends. If you’ve been reading for a while you might know that I’ve been planning my New Year’s retreat all year! It was everything I imagined it to be. The cottage was beautiful, nestled in-between Loch Tay and Aberfeldy. We had a home cooked dinner, played party games and indulged in unlimited champagne and home brew. New Year has the potential to be such a let down – everyone is trying too hard to have fun, all at the same time. Escaping from the city was a lot more restful and the physical space allowed me the head space to be more reflective on what I want from this year.
I had been dying for snow all winter and managed to miss the one day of snow in Edinburgh, so my friends and I drove out to the Pentlands (a hill range just outside of Edinburgh) in search of snow. We found it! It always amazes me how quick it is to drive out of Edinburgh and feel completely surrounded by countryside. We hiked to the top of one of the Pentland hills and admired the blanket of snow covering the Borders into the horizon. At one point I was freaking out because my feet started to stiffen from the cold, but I survived and rewarded myself with a bowl of chips at the pub at the other end. Escaping into nature is so important! Somehow I always forget this when I’m curled up in my warm flat.
Since Trainspotting 2 was coming out this month, I watched the first film on my new projector in my sitting room with a couple of friends. I’d forgotten how good it was! I recently saw the sequel at Dominion (why by the way, if you’re in Edinburgh, is the best cinema ever). I wouldn’t say it was a good film but there are many over indulgent shots of Edinburgh which made it a hit in my books. It’s worth a watch just for all the Scotland in the background!
My parents also spent a weekend in Edinburgh this month which was lovely as they haven’t had a trip up for ages. It was a very relaxing couple of days, with plenty of food and a long walk from Dean Village in the centre of Edinburgh along the Water of Leith to the shore. Looking back at my archives, I was at the Water of Leith last January and the January before that – I’m not sure what it is about this time of year that makes me want to stroll along the river? Overall though, this month has been dominated by work. I’ve been doing work events on weekends and there are so many enthusiastic new volunteers and exciting projects to work on at the moment! It’s all very positive and I’m so lucky to be working in something that I care about in an environment where I’m valued. I just need to make sure to look after myself and take breaks when I need to. I’ve been having baths most days and I even started back at yoga yesterday – all things which keep me calm amongst the busyness.
How was your January? Are you keeping up your New Year’s resolutions?