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.

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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.

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Also had a wander round the National Museum of Scotland.

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

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

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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…

2 comments

    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.

    Sarah!
    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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