The Pentlands, a range of hills to the south-west of Edinburgh, are just about eight miles out. We went up them yesterday for a walk. Or, I might borrow famous Scottish hiker, Nan Shepherd’s better fitting expression: yesterday we went into the hills for a walk. Nan Shepherd’s mountains were further north, and she wrote … Continue reading Pentlands


Did you ever see a pigeon with a stump for a foot? I did. I was sitting in the waiting area of Waverley station, just beside the ticket office, mindlessly watching the departure and arrivals screen refresh every two minutes. A limping pigeon, heroically hobbling around on the ground between travellers’ feet, caught my eye. … Continue reading Birds