I’ve been missing the sea lately, so although the weather wasn’t great we took the train to North Berwick yesterday. It’s a lovely little coastal town only a 30-minute train ride from Edinburgh. It was low-tide when we were there, so it was perfect for some rockpooling. All we found was a drowned crab, lots of smaller crab carcasses and a few living ones. Plus a couple of golf balls from the nearby course (that we took home with us).
I was going through my photo folders on my laptop and came across some pics from last year’s birthday roadtrip to the Lake District in North West England. (I only now realise how far it is from London where I was living back then – I thought it was was in mid-England…) It was a sunny autumn day in great company and surrounded by beautiful nature – a perfect birthday!
The best thing about where we’re living now is that it’s so close to Holyrood Park. It’s such a nice place to go for a run after work, a picnic or just for a walk across the hills. You can basically climb Arthur’s Seat (the highest peak) from any direction, and you don’t even have to go that high for a beautiful panoramic view of the city. The weather’s been quite nice for a while now, so we’ve spent a lot of time in Holyrood park. Last Friday was the hottest day so far, 27 degrees, so we decided to go for a picnic in the park and enjoy the view with a glass of wine.
We were pretty annoyed when we realised that we’d have to spend 12 hours in Oslo, Norway when flying home from Finland. I don’t understand why there are no straight flights between Finland and Scotland as at least Edinburgh seems to be a popular destination for Finns to travel to. (This assumption is based on the fact that I hear Finnish almost every time I’m in the city centre.) One or two flights per week would be a great improvement. Finnair, please?
Just a quick post with a few photos from the wedding we attended in Finland a couple of weeks ago. The wedding was so much fun and it was so nice to see everyone in the same place for once. It made me think (once again) about the downside of living abroad: not being able to see the friends you grew up with on a regular basis, not being able to see nephews and nieces grow up and not being able to buy proper cottage cheese, yoghurt and bread of course!
My second day at my new job is now over, phew. My brain feels like mush, but I must say I do enjoy feeling useful again after a two month long period of unemployment! It was nice to have that time in between jobs though, it made the whole moving and settling in process so much easier and more effective. Plus I finally got around to starting a blog 🙂 and using my new sewing machine!
As the weather in Edinburgh has been amazingly sunny I decided to go for a run to get to know my new area. I ended up in Holyrood Park that is basically on our doorstep and that largely consists of the 250 m high hill Arthur’s Seat. I really wanted to take some nice photos for my blog so I went back home to get my camera, and finally got around to climb the damn hill! It only took me around 10 minutes, so this can definitely be a part of my exercise routine.
Something I’ve wanted to try for a long time, but thought to be very complicated is growing my own sprouts instead of paying loads for them in the shop. After reading a blog post by my former uni friend now turned raw foodist I realised how easy it is. I’ve used green lentils, but you can basically use any seeds. In general, any plant from which you might eat the stems and leaves is a good option for sprouting. (Apparently you should use seeds specifically labelled ‘sprouting seeds’ since they have been properly cleaned- but as I didn’t know that I just used the lentils you buy in the supermarket.)