I’ve just got back from an overnight visit to Edinburgh; very relaxing but bloomin’ freezing! This was the view from the petrol station as I filled up the car yesterday before setting out…
The journey through was a little hairy and I was beginning to wish I’d brought the snowboots however it wasn’t so bad in Edinburgh…that was until I parked the car and opened the door, when I was greeted with a gust of biting wind. It was the sort of wind where it wouldn’t have mattered how many layers I was wearing, it would still get through to your bones. Brrr….
Anyway, it didn’t stop me taking a look round some more of my favourite shops, including Anthropologie. I rarely buy anything here because it is too expensive but I love the creative displays!
I did however pick up a cosy, soft, fine knit hoodie in White Stuff…a response to the weather I think!
In the evening I saw The Devil Inside, a new opera from Scottish Opera which is about to begin a tour of England. It was super though a bit creepy. The libretto was written by the author Louise Welsh and is based on a Robert Louis Stevenson short story called The Bottle Imp. It’s had great reviews and I can see why. Some might find the music quite challenging but the pace of the story combined with a short running time means that the audience’s attention is captured from start to finish. Also, it was a great opportunity to visit the King’s Theatre and admire the John Byrne ceiling…
The next day I visited the Dean Gallery to see the exhibition ‘Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965’.
It was a superb exhibition but unfortunately photography was not allowed and neither the catalogue nor the selection of postcards contained the ones I really liked. However I bought an exhibition poster because it was this portrait by Dorothy Johnson and there were a couple of her works that I thought were gorgeous. I want to find out more about her so I can feel an Amazon order developing!
Finally I journeyed home. Loch Leven looked serene from the motorway so I took a short detour to get a photo. Unfortunately I couldn’t find an ideal place to capture it which didn’t involve trekking through mud for ages so I did my best. This photo gives you a flavour of the stillness of the loch with the snowy hills in the background.
Anyway, home now and contemplating the week ahead. I’m really glad that January has come to an end as it’s not been an easy month for anyone I don’t think! There are also a few lovely things to look forward to in February. Hope you have a good week and thank you for reading!