Autumn in Edinburgh

Life stresses have been appearing all over the place; I’m stuck living with the uncertainty of the future, being in a kind of stop-gap, while somehow simultaneously missing people and places of the past so much. I don’t know if I really feel settled here yet. However, I have been happy to spend the whole of the autumn, for the first time in about five years, in the city I know in my heart is home.


When it was still a little warmer, these were taken on a woodland walk on a lazy Sunday. It was so beautiful and bright. The river was a failure at Pooh sticks, unfortunately.


Also had a wander round the National Museum of Scotland.

The atrium
Flying sea mammals
The fake constellations, which make bokeh lights when photographed improperly
The ‘night sky’, which makes bokeh lights when photographed badly
Braved the view deck through rain and wind
The view down to Teviot

I love these kind of rooftop views. They have a very 101 Dalmations feel to them.


Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder, treason and plot;

Finally, Camila (of The Things I Am Crazy For) and I staggered up Calton Hill, along with the entire population of Edinburgh, to see the fireworks on Bonfire Night, which was loads of fun.

So things aren’t too bad; just need to keep going.

Is this all there is?

I sit here with a tissue shoved up each nostril melting slowly into a puddle of Lemsip, Earl Grey and digestive biscuits. I haven’t eaten anything but porridge or biscuits for 3 days. That’s not that…

Hello 2016

I definitely overestimated my ability to write here while holding down a full-time job, as well as managing other compulsory life stuff. I think I’ve overestimated my ability to do anything… or at least, it feels like…


    Alice, these photos are lovely. They make me miss Edinburgh so much it hurts. Autumn really is the best season to spend at home, eh? I was over the moon to have my first entire Fall in New England last year, after four years of being torn away right as the leaves started to change. I hope things take their natural courses soon enough, and that you continue to enjoy where you are for the time being.

    Ahh and I loved the Pooh-sticks reference! Those books were so good.

    It’s so lovely to hear from you – sorry for taking a couple days, been back in the bubble for grad.
    Around this time last year I wanted to message you to say how much I was enjoying reading Bookshelf Pirate and hearing about your time back home – I think I got as far as typing the start of the message but thought it might be a bit weird because we didn’t know each other too well, and didn’t want to come across as an absolute creep. I have also been following you on Tumblr for ages, and had no idea you knew this was me!!
    And thank you – things are ok, it’s definitely been great being home for autumn, I feel the same way! Hope everything is good with you, it’s so nice to be connected like this.
    Alice xxx

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