• A Month on Monday: November 2017

    I can’t wait until I make the move to the Highlands full-time and don’t have to travel back and fore to Edinburgh every week, but I will miss the train journeys. The Edinburgh to Inverness onward extension of the old East Coast Mainline is beautiful, especially once you pass Perth and head northward into the …

  • Circlet

    Here is the two-sided circlet that my brother made for me, for my wedding day. The leaves are all native to Scotland (The Man corrects me when I, as a folklorist and anthropologist, occasionally absentmindedly say ‘indigenous’) and, on the underside of each leaf, is a different character by Tove Jansson, created for the Moomin …

  • Words of Wisdom

    Yesterday, I shared some of the highlights of our April Fools wedding day with you, and I mentioned that Euan and I had chosen quotes from our favourite authors, Douglas Adams (Euan’s choice) and Tove Jansson (my choice, unsurprisingly), to be read at the ceremony; and that we closed the ceremony with the Registrar reading …

  • We April Fools

    Last Friday, on the first of April 2016, The Man – Euan, my husband – and I exchanged vows in the presence of family and friends on the beach at Loch Morlich, surrounded by some rather distinguished specimens of pinus sylvestris.[1] We had chosen the first of April very deliberately as, originally, we weren’t going …