Инстаграм @exploringedinburgh Shawna 📍 Edinburgh
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou ~ Happy Saturday! It’s looking rather dreich today, so it might be a stay indoors and potter about kind-of-day. Here’s a snap I found on my phone from Doors Open Day of a rather bustling Royal Mile ☺️ hope everyone has a lovely day wherever you are!
“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” - Henry James ~ Over the years, it’s become a bit of a tradition between my mum and I to go out for afternoon tea! So you can imagine how delighted we were when the @waedinburgh invited us to afternoon tea, it was perfect timing as it’s her birthday this week! ~ Despite it being #gifted, our completely honest review is that we loved it! We thought their presentation was lovely, very creative, and scrumptious! I also love tea and was pleased to see they had an Edinburgh supplier - @pekoetea_edinburgh. We had their “Cocktail Afternoon Tea” which is available till the end of October then there’ll be an exciting new one! ☺️ Are you an afternoon tea fan?
“The wrinkled face of the great Castle rock, that piles itself up in the clouds as from a glen in Skye instead of in the main street of a capital city.” - James Bone ~ I’ve been eagerly awaiting for the trees in Princes Street Gardens to change into their Autumn colours and finally they are starting to! I’ve had a delightful afternoon with mum today. We started with a wander around Old Town then finished with a delightful afternoon tea in the @waedinburgh (Instastory to come soon!) ~ What’s your favourite season? 🌸🌳🍂❄️
“This is the land of Narnia,' said the Faun, 'where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.” - C.S. Lewis ~ I don’t know about you but the lamppost in Lady Stairs Close has always reminded me of the lamppost in Narnia! Perhaps I have an overactive imagine, but when I wander around the streets of Old Town, it often reminds me of a fairytale land 🙊
“Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” - Hans Christian Andersen ~ Ahh Dean Village, you’re a beauty! Here’s a snap from my wander with @francesmehardie last week. We were surprised to see the flowers were still in bloom! ~ Do you have a favourite flower? I’m not sure I do, although I am very fond of pink roses!
“It's always fun when you get to go somewhere new and you get to meet new people and get new experiences.” - J. B. Bickerstaff ~ Good afternoon from a very wet and dreich Edinburgh! I feel this quote sums up my week pretty well. I had the pleasure of finally meeting three amazing Instagrammers (@edinburghpeople, @maaggss_, and @francesmehardie) this week, who I’ve admired and been a huge fan of their accounts for quite sometime. It was so much fun! ~ I also discovered a new coffee shop (thanks to @maaggss_) this week called Coates Cafe in Haymarket! They have they have these gorgeous tiles all over the cafe. Will definitely be back! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend, despite being out this morning, I’ve decided to crawl back in bed again 🙈
#AD Hello everyone! Some of you may or may not know that I spent part of my childhood in Malaysia. We used to visit my grandparents once every two years in Scotland and I have such fond memories of day trips in my Di’s (which means grandad in Scots) car then ending up in a cosy pub for lunch! Time’s running out to find out more about how we can help our local pubs stay open, click the link in my bio! #LongLiveTheLocal @LongLiveLocal
“I love walking into a bookstore. It's like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me.” - Tahereh Mafi ~ Thanks to @polly.florence’s Instagram story I realised it’s #bookshopday! Naturally, I had to share a bookshop snap with you. Edinburgh has so many lovely bookshops like @tillsbookshop, Armchair Books, Edinburgh Bookshop, @goldenharebooks and many more! Are you a bookshop lover? ☺️
“But a city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.” - Patrick Geddes ~ I have to admit I pretty much chose this quote as Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) is one of my favourite Edinburgh figures! I’ve only recently discovered what a fascinating chap he was. He was responsible for the redevelopment of a number of parts of the Old Town, an area effectively abandoned as slums in the late 1700s when the New Town was developed. He believed in cultivating green spaces and fostering communities! ~ I was fortunate enough to have a peek around his home at Ramsey Garden as part of Doors Open Days - will pop a blog post with photos soon 😊
#AD Hello Everyone! Has anyone been to the Roseleaf in Leith? It’s one of my favourites. The interior is quirky, and the food is always so good! Since we’re on the topic of pubs, I’ve recently partnered up with the lovely folks from the #LongLiveTheLocal campaign to raise awareness of the range of tax pressures our local pubs face. Every day 3 pubs close their doors permanently. If you’d like to find out more about the campaign and how you can help ahead of October 29th (Government’s Budget Day), click the link in my bio! @LongLiveLocal ~ What’s your favourite Edinburgh pub?
“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” - Anatole France ~ Good evening everyone! It was lovely to meet up with @edienthusiast this afternoon and have a brief wander around the Old Town! Victoria Street was looking particularly lovely bathed in the afternoon light, that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of it ☺️
“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.” - Chaim Potok ~ I think everyone has some sort of comfort food/drink. For me it’s a nice hot cup of tea. Here I am tucked away in a cosy corner of Rosevear on Clerk Street with a cup of their African tea. What’s your comfort food/drink? ~ Ps I promise I’m a lot happier than I look, I’m just not great at being on the other end of the camera 🙈
“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and autumn was awakened.” - Raquel Franco ~ Happy Saturday 🍂 I’ve recently been really in the mood for Autumn! I’ve searched out my cosy jumpers and I’m ordering hot chocolate from cafes, so when I came across this photo from last October, which I never got around to sharing, I couldn’t resist posting it!
“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.” - Robert A. Heinlein ~ Morning everyone! I had such a lovely time at brunch yesterday that I just had to share a snap. Leo’s Beanery has long been one of my favourite places to enjoy a hot chocolate and read a book, but after yesterday’s delicious brunch, I’ll definitely be opting to eat there more often! I’d highly recommend trying their Croque-mon-scone (a toasted cheese scone with melted cheddar, tomato, and spinach or with Parma ham) it was so good! ~ What’s your favourite Edinburgh brunch spot??
“Stop living for what’s around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street.” - Grant L Miller ~ Here’s a little snap of Circus Lane from a little while ago as I’ve spent the day working from home 🙈 Although, I am looking forward to going to a few Doors Open Days events this weekend, is anyone planning on going? @doorsopendaysscotland
“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.” — Neil Gaiman ~ Since the majority of you didn’t mind if I shared the occasional snap outside of Edinburgh in the poll I posted, here’s a snap from St Andrews! I’ve always loved bookstores and I tend to hunt them out when I visit somewhere. This weekend I discovered Bouquiniste & another gorgeous bookstore called Topping & Co! If you’re a book lover and are in St Andrews, I’d highly recommend both! 📚
“It’ll all shake out. Meanwhile, I’m putting up more twinkle lights.” ~ ~ If you know what film that quote’s from I think we can be pretty good friends 😉 Clue: it involves New York in Autumn and books! On another note, I was down in Leith last week for a meeting and naturally went for a little wander after and I finally came across Custom Lane! I didn’t have time to stop for a cuppa at @williamsandjohnson but I’ll be back soon that’s for sure! ☕️ #AutumninEdinburgh
"...I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne ~ Happy first official day of Autumn! 🍂 On my walk down Broughton Street I spotted lovely autumnal colours and just had to stop and snap a photo! ~ I love fall, what is your favourite thing about the season? I think mine are the beautiful colours, hot chocolate, jumpers! #AutumninEdinburgh