• Three Months on Wednesday: June, July, August 2018

    Hello, friends. It’s been a while. When I last shared some thoughts here three months ago, I mentioned that May had been a formative month for me in many ways. I had resigned from my job, with an end date of the 5th of September 2018. I also mentioned postponing an imminent new project as …

  • 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 …