A busy time at home and work = lack of blogging. And also, I have to admit, a certain fatigue with Edinburgh. We've lived here for 30 years now, and if one has to live in a city it's a rather lovely one. But still. I'm in danger of taking it for granted/being bored by it/longing to escape. One day we will escape, back to the north east, but for the moment our working lives are here and things are conspiring to prevent mini-escapes to hills or coast.
So I've given myself a mental shake and decided to appreciate Edinburgh. What would I miss most, I asked myself, when we eventually move from the city? After all, its Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. It has 12 festivals of culture throughout the year, with the peak in terms of volume coming with the International Festival and Festival Fringe in August. And art galleries and museums and gardens and trams. The answer, I was startled to discover, was...cafes. I told myself to think again, but the answer came back even more firmly, and I realised it was true and that I was unapologetic about it. Edinburgh has a blissful range of independent cafes, so that there's no need to darken the doors of a Starbucks or Costa. My nearest cafe corner is in the Canonmills area, beside the Water of Leith. Canonmills was originally a small village, and got its name from the Augustinian canons of Holyrood Abbey who had a watermill here from the 12th century. Jump forward several centuries and I present the Blue Bear cafe as top of my list for appreciating Edinburgh.
Photo credits are due to my daughter, who took these shots for me unasked. And if you're very observant you'll notice from the Christmas tree that they were taken a while ago. But at any time of year, what could be nicer than afternoon tea in these lovely flowery cups?
And some of the home baking.
What would you miss most about where you live at the moment, if you had to move? I'd love to see a blog post about it!
As well as the Christmas tree, you may also notice I've added an Instagram button to my sidebar. You'll find me at @occasionalscotland. I've been puddling around with Instagram for a bit, as much for my own interest as anything else. I still have to get round to adding any tags to my posts so I'm obviously not in it to maximise my followers! But I'm enjoying the immediacy of the thing, especially when my time for blogging is limited. What about you - are you attracted by Instagram?