Exploring Kenmore in the Highlands
Day at work in the Botanic Gardens!
Evenings at the City Beach
Home cooked dinners from my Veg Box
It might be half way through August, but I still wanted to share what I’ve been up to lately. Better late than never, right? July has been very chilled out, by my standards at least. I made a new friend and I’ve spent a couple of lazy weekends in Scotland with her, passing the hours with a pint in hand, talking about our lives. I know it seems like a silly thing to mention but as an adult I actually don’t make new friends very often. I meet a lot of new people that I get on with (mostly at work!) but the circle of people who I talk to and hang out with regularly is pretty small. I’m also kind of a homebody and I love mooching around my flat so I’m proud of being sociable and making new friends!
In other new, James’ cousin stayed with us for a weekend. We took him to all my favourite places in Edinburgh (Arthur’s Seat, Auld Hoose for nachos and a lot of trips to the pub, duh) and I visited a club for the first time in a year! I’ve accidentally fallen into the habit of swapping club nights for the pub and I don’t think I’m sad about it. I do miss dancing, but I don’t miss the bad music and sticky floors. I am hesitant to drink at moment, because I know I enjoy social drinking but I get the most horrendous hangovers. I seesaw between swearing off alcohol in favour of experiencing Saturday mornings and throwing caution to the wind and staying out late with my friends on a whim. I feel too young to be acting sensibly, getting up early and “ridding my body of toxins” or whatever phrase wellness bloggers are using these days. What are your twenties for if not drinking too much and not sleeping enough? On the other hand, I’ve had a drink most weekends for so long it’s lost some of its allure. Evenings of beer and lipstick and mischief aren’t as tantalisingly rebellious as they once were and drinking sometimes bores me. Oh well, it’s hardly a new dilemma – I bet millions of people have puzzled over the choice between productive mornings and a pub session with friends. I’ll keep you updated on my findings!
Last month I spent just the one weekend away for my Mum’s birthday, and on this occasion indulged in too many whiskies at the folk bar. When in the Highlands! We had a glorious stay in Kenmore on Loch Tay, whiling away the time with countryside walks, good food and adventures to the local historical sights. It was very wholesome – I fear I have become old before my time. The Highlands is a special place, and you don’t have to drive far north out of Edinburgh to feel like you’ve reached relative wilderness. Staycations like this are food for the soul and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Scotland over New Year’s once I find a place to stay for the weekend. It might sound like too much forward planning but I’ve decided that snuggling up around an open fire is how I’d like to see in the New Year!
There’s not a whole lot of August left but I’m already snowed under a mountain of work that I need to get done before I go away to California! Sometimes preparing for holidays from work seem like more effort than they’re worth, but this time I’m sure our trip will compensate. Luckily I have exciting visitors and Edinburgh Festival plans on weekends to get me through before we jet off. What do you have on this month? What have you been up to lately? I’d love to hear more about your life!