September Morning Interlude

Before you start reading, here’s a wee pre-post bonus! A lakeside video of me singing one of my old songs, “Cleopatra and Aphrodite”, complete with backup vocals courtesy of a red squirrel. And now, the post. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- There’s a brisk autumn nip to the air that greets me as I ease the sliding door open,…

Arbroath & The End of the World

I coast gently downhill from Arbroath station, the sea air kissing my cheeks in welcome as a cheerful little harbour comes into view. I know virtually nothing about this place, aside from a few brief mentions in some Alexander McCall Smith books, but my immediate impressions could not be more favourable! The sunshine never hurts,…

Portugal, Where It’s Warm

Sitting on a concrete bench outside an ugly, under-construction airport and staring out at passing cabs, I stretch my arms luxuriously over my head with a sigh of contentment. After vacillating between frozen and moderately chilled for the past 3 or 4 months I can’t even believe how good this 23 degree air feels! For…

Song for December & End of Project Thoughts

On my slightly disastrous journey to Orkney last month I spent a very long time on the train. I usually find travel time creatively helpful –  sitting motionless for hours as Scotland flashes past, I’ll often end up with a page or two of poetic snippets I can turn to for inspiration when beginning a…

Song for November: “A Little Leap”

This morning I decided to edit a few photos to pair with November’s song (which I was persuaded to upload in its iphone-demo version, having been told it’s miles more “honest” than the proper version I did!), and only then did I realise much to my chagrin that I haven’t posted anything at all from…

To the Northern Isles

I sit in a frigid and remote bus shelter at 5 am, chatting with a Dutch pensioner about the merits of traveling alone. She says that the freedom is worth the occasional loneliness, and I pull my hat a little further down over my ears. It’s bloody cold. My eyes drift halfway shut the moment…

A Journey Measured in Mittens

My beautiful flat sold last week. I’m not happy about it, but I’ve resigned myself to the end of my Air B&B income and gone out and found myself a job. Amazingly, I’ve found something I don’t even hate – I’m caring for a paraplegic woman – but nonetheless this will put a stop to…

Song for October: “In A Tenement House”

Late. So, so late. What can I say? The summer and early fall were full of travel and full of change, and it’s taken me a while to catch up. My beautiful flat is being sold, so it looks like this project will be ending with the year. It always seemed too good to be…

Song For September: “Discontent”

It’s pretty late, but I did write this song in September so it still counts. I won’t burden you with excuses, but here are some photos I’ve taken lately that I quite like! A motley wee collection including shots from Bremen, Edinburgh, and Arisaig.

Beachside Videos from France!

So I know I still owe you last month’s song, but until I get it recorded I thought I’d tide you over with a couple of videos. I went to France this month because, astonishingly, it was way cheaper than traveling in Scotland. The only down side was that I couldn’t bring my guitar, or…

Song for August: “Green Thumbs”

August was a mad month! A week away in Germany with Al to visit family and have the best time, a week at home to gather my thoughts, and then 2 weeks spent in Canada catching up with all my beautiful people there (or most of them, anyway). So, two and a half weeks late,…