Exploring Holyrood Park
Autumnal Walks in London
Camping in the Scottish Borders
Actual Halloween on the Isle Of Man!
October has honestly been one of those months where I’ve had to look back through photos in my phone to remember what I’ve done. The beginning of the month feels like an absolute lifetime ago. On the 1st October I arrived back in Edinburgh after a family holiday in Greece. Since September was so full of post-master’s degree celebrations, October has felt like the start of the rest of my life. I’m working part time in a job that I love and filling up the rest of my days with travelling, volunteering and doing crafty things. Whilst you’re in education there’s always a sense that you’re doing whatever you’re doing so that you can move on to the next stage of your life. I don’t feel like that right now and I like it. I’m doing what I’m doing because I enjoy it, not for the sake of something else. As well-meaning as it is, I hate it when people tell me that my job is “good experience.” It’s not just good experience, it’s a good job that I love! It’s strange trying to think about the future when I’m happy with where I am now, so I’m choosing not to. I think it’s good to spend some time focusing on the present.
At the beginning of the month, James surprised me with a visit to Edinburgh. I’ve travelled to London for the weekend and I’m on the train to spend another few days there right now. We’ve seen a lot of each other this month, which has been really great. We’ve just been indulging in our usual past times – eating a lot, drinking whisky, going on walks and watching too much X Files. I also spent a weekend camping in the Scottish Borders. The countryside was wilder than I was expecting, with no campsite basics like a tap or a toilet. It’s amazing just how much natural light effects your body clock – out in the woods it gets dark so early that 7pm feels like the middle of the night. I am terrible at going to bed early, but I think a week of camping without artificial light could help me to function in daylight hours. The other benefit of the darkness is that you get a great view of the stars. Lying on the floor and admiring the milky way is definitely my highlight of the weekend!
I helped run another big event at work, saving food from landfill, cooking it into soup and giving it away for free, accompanied my live music and inspiring speakers. It’s one of my favourite things that I do in my job, and I’m so lucky to be able to call it work! Asides from working, of course I have spent time celebrating the best holiday of the year, Halloween! I had a “pre-Halloween” gathering at my flat in Edinburgh the week before and spent the day itself on the Isle of Man. They call Halloween “hop tu naa” and it’s the Manx New Year’s Eve. It was incredibly foggy, it was so atmospheric. The Isle is really beautiful and I would love to go back to do some more exploring!
What did you get up to last month?