Six months after taking the decision to cut back on work so that I can write the book I always wanted to write, I am finally in a position to put pen to paper. It is a great feeling.
It also means that I won’t get any more odd looks from people when I explain that while I am writing a book, I haven’t actually started writing it yet: I’m still planning it. Continue reading
I took my daughter to Edinburgh Zoo yesterday. I wouldn’t say that this is a regular occurrence, but we go once in a while and when we do we always follow the same routine: get there early, before the crowds, and head straight up to the top of the hill to see the lions.
There is something very atmospheric about walking through a quiet zoo. I don’t know if you have ever tried it, but the paths are very still and the carefully designed enclosures are busy with rustlings and scurryings, as the animals are released from their overnight accommodation to eat their breakfast in the peace of the morning.
It’s just you, them and the promise of the day ahead. Continue reading
I’ve spent a few days on research trips over the past week, visiting some of the wilder places in Scotland to get a feel for the landscape and the atmosphere.
There is something special about the Scottish mountains, whatever the weather, but if you can catch them on a sunny day then they are spectacular. I was lucky, and saw them at their best this time. Continue reading