Category My life

Book Week Scotland, and how small is that type???

Last week was Book Week Scotland – something I’ve only been vaguely aware of before, but this year I became involved slightly by accident. What, exactly, IS Book Week Scotland? Here is what the website says: “Book Week Scotland – now in its eleventh year – is an annual celebration of books and reading that […]

The Writer’s Museum #Edinburgh

It doesn’t matter how many times I visit Edinburgh, I never tire of wandering up and down the Royal Mile, which stretches from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle. The shops are eclectic, and the architecture fascinating. Some of the buildings have been used recently in the filming of the popular TV series of the OUTLANDER […]

#Edinburgh #GhostTour & #GreyfriarsBobby

Edinburgh is the sort of vibrant city you can visit again and again, and never be short of something new to explore. A few days after attending the awesome Military Tattoo, I was back again, this time meeting up with a long-time writer friend I hadn’t seen for years. It was with Giselle that I […]

Update and #BookReview, The Man who Died Twice (The Thursday Murder Club 2), by Richard Osman #HumourousMurderMystery

As I suspected, I haven’t been up to much for the last week, following my second hip replacement of the year. The op went absolutely fine, and the hip feels great. Me, not so much. Having two full sedations in less than 6 months did not suit my body. I was fine for the first […]

Royal #Edinburgh Military #Tattoo 2022

This week, one week after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, and two weeks after Her Majesty lay in rest in St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, just a short walk from the 3,000-year-old castle at the top of the hill, it seems quite appropriate to share with you my August visit to the Edinburgh Tattoo. […]

The Queen’s Collection, Holyrood Palace, #Edinburgh #Rembrandt

One of the reasons I was excited to visit Holyrood Palace this time around, was because of the chance to see a small selection of paintings that are normally on display in Buckingham Palace, but were on loan to the Queen’s Gallery. In particular, I was excited to see paintings by Rembrandt for the first […]

Holyrood Palace, #Edinburgh. #HistoricBuildings Scotland

This year I’m having to work extra hard to make up for the need to take 3 months off: 6 weeks to recover from each hip replacement, with the second looming at the end of September. No time for a full holiday this year, but a few busy days sight-seeing in Edinburgh provided a welcome […]

Clava Cairns – #Scotland #ScottishHighlands

Driving along one of the back roads near Inverness, just 15 miles from home, I noticed a sign to Clava Cairns. I was intrigued, not realising we had such an important historic site so close to home, so of course a visit had to be arranged! It’s an atmospheric site, with a pervading sense of […]

#HipReplacement update, and this year’s garden so far

For anyone facing a hip replacement, I am happy to report things are going extremely well, and I am now itching to get the second one done! To give you some idea of the timeline, I ditched one walking stick within a day of getting home (so 3 days after surgery), and the second at […]

#Highland #Wildlife Park – #Scotland

Thank you so much for all the well wishes this past couple of weeks – my hip surgery went well and, despite an unfortunate early hiccup when I discovered my body doesn’t tolerate morphine, my recovery is coming on just fine. I saved up a couple of visits to share with you when I had […]