Popping My Cottonrake Cherry

One of the (many) upsides of having Laura visit is food. Laura works at a bakery in Nottingham and makes me appreciate what goes into the process of hand-making food.

We visited Cottonrake Bakery on Saturday. All the croissants were gone by the time we arrived, so I settled for a pear tart. I say settled, but it was delicious. I washed it down with a black coffee. I’m carb loading before participating in tomorrow’s Great Edinburgh Run! That’s my excuse anyway.

 
 

Easter Egg Hunt

Having a nephew is fun. I planned an Easter Egg hunt for Blake at my Gran’s house.

Even though the kid can’t yet talk, he understood the premise perfectly. The face smeared with chocolate is evidence he enjoyed it.

 
 

Weekend Hangs

The past few weeks have been tough. The uncertainty of the outcome of Indie’s operation, getting the results back and it not being what I wanted to hear. And now we’re going through it again as another lump has appeared (praying it’s scar tissue or inflammation).

The hardest part about being an adult is—despite all of this going on—still having to function. I still have to run a business, handle client demands, deal with people chasing up their unanswered emails. All I want to do is press pause and give Indie my full attention.

This weekend we did press pause. We went long walks in the sunshine and relaxed on the terrace. Today we’re back at the vet. Hopefully Indie gets her stitches out and they’ll take a sample of the lump to get tested.

Maybe some of you are thinking, “It’s just a dog”. Indie has been my dog since I was 19. Now I’m 30. We’ve been together for a long time and experienced many ups and downs. Hopefully this is a temporary down before many more ups. Get well soon, Indie!

 
 

A Weekend Retreat To Inveraray

Every time I’ve driven past Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa, I’ve thought to myself I have to stay there. This weekend, Naomi and I spent three nights at Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa. We enjoyed good food, red wine, horror movies and a 90 minute massage. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time and I’m a little disappointed to be back to reality!

 
 

Black Pine Coffee Co.

Y’all know my friend, Ayden, because I’ve photographed her a lot. You don’t know her boyfriend, Pete. Either did I. Prior to this weekend I’d only met him once at a house party.

Yesterday we did the 160 mile round-trip to Perth to support Pete on his first day with Black Pine Coffee. Pete quit his full-time job in the drinks industry to open his own coffee company. He went from idea to execution within a few months, which blows my mind.

Running my own business and knowing how tough it can be, I really wanted to support Pete. In the end the trip was well worth it. His coffee was great, and I got to hang out with Bronson the dog.

If you’re passing through Perth, be sure to get a coffee at Black Pine Coffee. It’s located inside Badlands Barber.

 
 

Indie Is My Best Friend

I got Indie from Cardonald Cat and Dog Home when she was 6 months old. She’s now approaching 11 and—while I have noticed her slow down and her fur turn grey—she’s still going strong. Yesterday we went out a slow, 30 minute run and she kept up the with me the whole way.

Indie is my best friend.

 
 

My Birthday In Switzerland

I wasn’t thrilled about turning 30. To soften the blow I celebrated my birthday abroad. The criteria was the following:

  • Cheap flight from Edinburgh or Glasgow airport
  • Short journey
  • Scenic place to take photos

A flight to Geneva was £80 from Edinburgh and only a 2 hour flight. With a lake and mountains within distance, it was the ideal location.

Booked.

I train hopped from Geneva to Lausanne and Vevey. Lake Geneva was very grey. I come from Scotland-I am used to grey weather, but we often get a break in the cloud at some point during the day.

For the 4 days I was in Switzerland, it was coated in a grey blanket of cloud.

I tried chasing the light by visiting Lausanne and Vevey, but the weather app lied to me. Still, this didn’t dampen my trip and I did a lot of street photography seeing as landscapes were out of the question.

Despite the greyness, I had a wonderful birthday. Switzerland was beautiful, I drank good coffee and expensive gin, and I got to try out a different style of photography.

 
 

Sunday in Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Sunday saw Kaitlin, Rab and I head to Stockbridge in Edinburgh. Stockbridge is fairly central yet feels like its own village. I’d love to live here, but property prices are sky high.

There’s a market that—even on a grey Sunday—was bustling with people and dogs. I had Steampunk coffee and drooled over the gyoza.

Afterwards we walked up Calton Hill. Despite being in Edinburgh a lot, I’ve never explored Calton Hill. It’s a hotspot for tourists because you have a view of the city.

10/10, would Edinburgh again.

 
 

Breakfast at Kelvingrove Cafe

I published this post yesterday and then my site got hacked. I can’t remember what I wrote, but the gist of it was: breakfast at Kelvingrove Cafe was good.

 
 

Happy New Year!

Indie and I are wishing you all a happy new year from Glasgow in Scotland. I promise to take more photos in 2017. My blog is feeling a little neglected, but it’s purely because I’ve been focusing on building Jack. Photography is still important to me. I hope you have a creative year ahead!

 
 
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