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,…

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 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,…

Summer Flu Excuses

This morning at 5am I coughed myself awake, and groped blindly at my side for my ever-present companion of the past two weeks. No, it wasn’t Al – it was a roll of toilet paper. As soon as I had it in my hand I realised the horrible truth. I was down to the last…

In a Cabin in Coulter

First, a video I made. Please bear in mind that I had to heat water for my camp shower on the stove, and I filmed this while I waited for it to get warm enough. Thus the toque and general air of unwashed-ness. These trips I’m taking seem to surprise me with their loveliness every…

Song for June: “Call the Council”

This month I was very keen to write a piano-based song. Thing is, I don’t really play the piano. But I wasn’t about to let that stop me! So I hope you like it. As well as these photos from Perth. I could try to say more, but my level of over-tiredness has reached hallucinatory…

Barra & Eriskay: In Brief

I’ve written a little bit concerning my trip to Uist. But the time has come to tell you how, not content with just naming their livestock after me, my hosts Jeff and Katherine set out to make me EVEN HAPPIER. The weather had been unrelentingly grim, so when the forecast showed a day of blue…

Perth. It Was Perfect.

No complaints whatsoever can be made about my recent trip to Perth. The train ride was short, there was a park for me to recline in as I waited for check-in time, and then I arrived to find this: A cosy little corner of bliss, waiting patiently for me. I was immediately in love. I…