Edinburgh in September

September in Edinburgh so far has been lovely. Once you get over the fact that there really is no more chance of any kind of warm weather, you can just get on with the autumn activities. For us that meant my lovely cousin Laurence visiting. One of the most important people in the world to me came up for a weekend and it was really nice to catch up and hang out.

He was up in time for Saturday’s football. We chatted and watched some good games.

Then we headed out to dinner with some friends, where Laurence insisted on having the full Scottish experience despite us being in a Turkish restaurant. This included haggis with cous-cous (yes, there is such a thing).


Afterwards we all went for a lovely evening walk on what was probably one of the last warm evenings of the year.


Laurence, continuing with the Scottish theme purchased a deep-fried Snickers bar.

Then we found our favourite ice cream place, and I had my favourite combination of flavours, chocolate and lemon.


The next morning we went to a patterserie for a very unhealthy brunch.

That meant, lemon tarts, cream teas and chocolate tortes.


And yes of course the torte proved to be too much for me, I never stood a chance of finishing that thing.

All too soon it was time for Laurence to leave. I am glad we had so much fun together and had a chance to catch up, but I can’t wait until we get to see each other again.

The days are getting shorter and colder. We have had a few days where it has seemed as if the sun hasn’t come out at all.

All you can do on such days is visit charming little cafes/bookshops,

sip coffee and nibble on brownies,


have fun together,

and feel grateful when a lovely person is cooking for you.

Especially when he tries to spell out a ‘J’ on your food.

September proves that good food and good company are the best way to spend a rainy evening.


What’s been happening recently … August

Some snaps from the month of August:


Back in Edinburgh

Things have been really busy recently so it has been a little while since my last blog post. It has been nice being in post-festival Edinburgh . It always seems a lot quieter and more relaxing. We have been having some really nice weather too.


In this nice weather Fraser and I have gone on some lovely wanderings around Edinburgh. It is nice to rediscover the city after the festival when things have calmed down a bit.


We checked out some new coffee shops and went for walks in the sunshine.


One day last week we decided to go out for lunch and had some excellent burgers.


It has been nice to catch up with friends we have missed over the summer. Hanging out, playing video games, chatting, and Fraser and I even made a moussaka for dinner.


I have also had my hair cut. It really was about time too. My lovely friend Elise was kind enough to come round to chop off the long hair that had been bothering me all summer. Despite realising just how long I had let it get, we were still amazed at just how much hair collected on the floor afterwards.


As summer draws to a close we are both looking for jobs and I am continuing with the two writing projects I have started. (More on that another time). After a busy summer it has been nice to get on with things in Edinburgh. I am really enjoying the writing so far even if it is still very daunting, it’s an exciting adventure. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Summer holiday at home

In August I finally managed to grab some proper summer weather as I headed home to Austria for two weeks. I was lucky that I had already been able to spend time with my parents in Devon and in Edinburgh but I really wanted to see them again this summer. And of course the promise of Austrian summer weather was also very enticing.

However, one thing we all love when we go home are those home cooked meals. My parents are both excellent cooks and I was immediately greeted with fantastic food.

I arrived in the middle of a heatwave so for the first few days of my stay there was nothing to do but head to a lake to swim. There are a lots of lovely lakes for swimming and it was the perfect way to cope with the heat.

First we found a shady place to lie, so that we could read and relax when not in the swimming.

Then we made for the water to cool off.


After the first few days it finally cooled down a little bit. So we were able to do other things and mostly just spend time sitting around, chatting, catching up and enjoying being together.


We went to my favourite Chinese restaurant,


to a Buschenschank for some classic Austrian food,


and celebrate my Papa’s birthday, twice!

Because after a few days my brother and his girlfriend joined us and there were yet more celebrations to be had as we also pre-celebrated my brother’s 26th birthday.


We also drove out to visit my lovely grandmother on a particularly nice and sunny day that wasn’t too hot.


We all went to yet another nice restaurant to celebrate all of us being together again.

And of course there were more delicious meals and desserts to be had.


Then we drove home again as my stay drew to a close.

I am always sad when I have to leave home. Even though I always have stuff to look forward to back in Edinburgh, Austria is where I grew up and I hate that my family live so far away. All I can do is make as many trips as possible out to see them and ensure that they come and see me when they can. But it is comforting to know that every time I return we all have such a wonderful time just being together.