I’m so lucky to have this beautiful expanse of countryside right on my doorstep. Holyrood Park is a magical place – you don’t have to walk far and you could completely forget that you’re in a capital city. It feels wild and solitary even though it’s surrounded by urban sprawl. Nature is powerful and resilient but humanity is the biggest threat to its existence. In areas of the world which we have tragically made inhospitable for our own species – Vietnam after the war, littered with unexploded mines, Hiroshima and Chernobyl after nuclear disasters, infused with radiation –plants and non-human animals flourish against all the odds. The way that Arthur’s Seat stands its ground in Edinburgh, the old volcano dominating manmade buildings, is a comforting symbol to me that nature will always prevail. The Innocent Railway Line used to be one of the railway lines in Edinburgh, before Waverley Station was built and a new line constructed through Princes Street Gardens. Now, it’s a public footpath that winds along the bottom of Arthur’s seat and past Duddingston Loch. It’s a great spot for blackberry picking in autumn, fyi. The Innocent Railway Tunnel still exists although the entrance is concealed at the bottom of a housing estate and pretty hard to find. It’s gloriously creepy – the lights flicker, the ceiling drips, and it’s deceptively long. The light at the end of the tunnel seems to never get closer as you walk further along.
Outfit Details: Dress, Vintage (PicknWeight, Berlin) / Jumper, ASOS (Old) / Hat, Charity Shop (Loros, Loughborough) / Coat, Vintage (Inherited from my Grandma) / Shoes, Emilio Luca X Brantano
I decided to get wrapped up for a walk through the park. I swear it’s not still gloves weather in Scotland but I’m suffering from some painful eczema at the moment, so I keep my gloves on when I can to protect my hands from the elements. This dress is another one that I picked up at the PicknWeight Vintage shop in Berlin. The ties by the collar are a little frayed and make me look scruffy but I like it that way – it suits my scruffy personality. Long dresses with cropped jumpers are like a uniform for me, so I get a lot of wear out of this dress. It’s not quite an Indian gauze dress but it’s got a similar vibe and I love the colours. I have this perfect cream coloured cropped fluffy jumper that’s so well loved it’s lost its stretch and has come apart at the seams. I bought this black jumper that I’m wearing in the hopes of replacing it and although it’s pretty cute it’s stiff around the arms so it’s not quite as comfy. The search goes on!