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COMPETITION TIME! Isn’t the weather just wonderful ☀️ Here’s a snap from my delightful afternoon tea at @ivyedinburgh for the launch of this year’s Life & Style Edinburgh event on the 5th & 6th May! Thanks for arranging it @leopoldandfrida! If you’d like to win 2 tickets to the fun event (which includes fashion shows, beauty treatments, plus much more) all you have to do is tag a friend you’d bring with you in the comments - competition closes on the 25th April 💕 To read more about the event and the afternoon tea I’ve written a wee blog about it (Link in Bio)
Good morning all! It’s looking a little dreary today so here’s a snap of yesterday’s blue skies. For those of you aren’t familiar with Edinburgh, this is the Scott Monument - the largest monument to a writer anywhere in the world! ~ A little history I found out: On the death of Sir Walter Scott in 1832, it was decided that the legendary writer deserved a fitting monument. In 1836, a competition was announced, inviting architects to submit their designs. The winner, George Meikle Kemp, was completely unknown. What I found interesting is something I came across in the City Art Centre a little while ago, I think Playfair’s (an architect that left a significant impact on Edinburgh’s landscape) obelisk design rather pales in comparison - swipe along to see his submission and sorry it’s a little blurry!
Dreich - (especially of weather) dreary; bleak. ‘a cold, dreich early April day’ - Oxford Living Dictionary . . . While looking up quotes for this morning’s post, I came across this definition of one of my favourite Scottish words, dreich. The example of how to use it in a sentence gave me quite a chuckle because it describes the weather of almost everyday of April we’ve had this year! Anyway for those of you wondering where this was taken, it was taken from the first floor window of the @nationalmuseumsscotland looking out onto the Crown Office and the statue of William Chambers.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” . . . Good afternoon everyone! Here’s a little snap of my afternoon tea at @onesquareedinburgh from Tuesday. If you’d like to see more photos and find out more about the afternoon tea, I posted a blog post yesterday (link in bio)! ☕️
“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” - William Feather
“It is an odd place, Edinburgh. The Old Town and the New are separated by a broad and deep ravine, planted with trees and shrubbery. A more striking contrast than exists between these two parts of the same city could hardly be imagined.” - Nathaniel Willis, 1834 . . . Good morning! For those of you who aren’t from Edinburgh, the road the lovely red bus is travelling up is called the Mound (a man made hill formed with the soil excavated when building New Town, which also connects both parts of the city). I’ve always loved the contrast of higgledy-piggledy Old Town and symmetrical New Town, with beautiful Princes Street Gardens lying between them.
“If April showers should come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May.” ~ Well if that’s the case, Scotland should be inundated with flowers in May! Hello everyone and happy April, I took a little Insta break for a week - mainly due to the horrid weather I hadn’t been over to Edinburgh to take photos to share with you! But, since I was over for work today I snapped a few so will be sharing them soon 😊
COMPETITION CLOSED!! The lovely folks at @walkerslater reached out to me to see if I’d like to run a competition with them - naturally I said yes! So here’s your chance to win a GORGEOUS woolly throw/blanket in any colour you like (swipe along to see photos)! ~ All you need to do to ENTER is: 1. Follow @walkerslater 2. Follow @exploringedinburgh 3. Tag a friend in the comments! ~ The giveaway is open to all over 18 in the UK and closes at 9pm on Thursday the 5th April! Good luck 💕 (PS anyone who spotted the dog in the photo at first glance, there’s a good chance we could be good friends 😂)
“The humblest star twinkles most in the darkest night.” - Johann Kaspar Lavater . . . The ceiling of Dundas House (also Registered Office of the Royal Bank of Scotland) has to be one of the most beautiful hidden gems in Edinburgh! It’s open to the public as it still operates as a bank and they encourage visitors read about the history of the building. I often can’t resist popping in for a look when I’m passing 😊
“Still round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate.” - J.R.R. Tolkien . . . Good morning! Here’s a little snap of Dean Village from my day with @minimacktours, unfortunately, the weather isn’t so great today for my wander in Edinburgh ☔️ but I’m not letting the weather dampen my spirits as I have a fun day planned with friends and pizza party with @at.pizza to end the day! Hope you all have a great day!
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” - Bernard Williams . . . Good morning! It’s been an extremely chilly start to the day, but hey at least the sun is out! I’m planning to visit Archivists Garden (and maybe Circus Lane, if I have time) during my lunch break today and hopefully spot a few spring flowers along the way🌷
“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” -Anne Lamott . . . Morning! It’s great to see the sun out this morning, let’s hope it stays out 😅 my friend and I recently wandered down to Leith and New Haven, as it’s an area I rarely explore! If you find yourself in the area I’d highly recommend popping into @thecafemilk which is joined onto the @eswsculpture. We both really enjoyed it (and if you’re wondering, I had a turmeric latte)! . . . PS I’m off to see the Russian state of Siberia’s Swan Lake ballet today and I couldn’t be more excited! Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday ☀️
“Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!" - Joseph B. Wirthlin . . . Morning all! I have fond memories of visiting Mr Woods Fossil (just off the Grassmarket) when I was young and I still have my tiny fossil tucked away in my memory box 😅 After a little research, I found out that Stan Wood (a famous fossil hunter) used to supply museums with fossils for research and display, then in 1987 he opened a shop, providing fossils for sale from all over the world! Well worth a visit if you’re in the area! 🦕
“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” - Dale Carnegie . . . Morning all! Victoria Street is one of my favourite streets in Edinburgh and it’s always a treat to catch it without any cars parked 🙊 PS the main reason I was here was to visit @walkerslater, there may be an exciting competition coming your way very soon!
“I love walking into a bookstore. It's like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me.” - Tahereh Mafi . . . Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved visiting bookshops and yesterday I visited Till’s Bookshop for the first time! I’m slightly annoyed at myself for not visiting sooner as I really loved it! It’s a cavern of various secondhand books and it even has a real fire tucked away at the back! My friend and I got chatting to Jack who works there, and found out he’s just started an Instagram for the shop (@tillsbookshop), definitely check it out if you’re a book lover! I hope to revisit soon and when I have a large chuck of time to properly browse through all the books 😊 what’s your favourite Edinburgh bookshop?
“Oh Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” - Roman Payne . . . I think this quote couldn’t be any truer than in Scotland. After what seems like a long winter (to me at least), today is the official first day of spring and I’m delighted to see the sun is out! I’m heading through to Edinburgh today and looking forward to soaking up a little vitamin D as I walk about 😅
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle . . . Good evening everyone! I came across this snap in my archive of George Heriot’s School. I thought some of you might be interested in the history behind the building so I did a little digging. George Heriot died childless in 1624 and left £23,625 – equivalent to quite a few million today - to found a charitable school to care for the poor, fatherless children of Edinburgh. Nowadays, George Heriot’s is a private school but still provides free education for fatherless and motherless children. Is the building just stunning though?! 😍