Baby Blake

Once a week I will drive through to Edinburgh to spend the day with my nephew, Blake. Yesterday we visited Craigmillar Castle, Blake’s first history trip! Doesn’t he look happy?

 
 

Bumbag

Ayden has such an interesting approach to fashion. I mean, she is wearing a bumbag in these photos. Remember those?

I, on the other hand, am guilty of never trying anything different when it comes to fashion, and I’m becoming increasingly lazier. It’s not uncommon for me to wear my gym gear to work.

I’m envious whenever I see Ayden, with her colourful clothes, hair and tattoos.

 
 

Family

Yesterday, I visited the seaside town of South Queensferry for the first time. It’s a quaint village on the outskirts of Edinburgh, populated with ice cream parlours and colourful houses.

My family met for lunch to celebrate my Dad’s 10 year anniversary. Maybe ‘celebrate’ is the wrong word, but I think we’re all glad it was a decade ago and the feelings of grief have left us, and so many positive changes have happened since then.

I feel GOOD, guys.

 
 

The Wilson Street Pantry

I love a deli. I recently discovered The Wilson Street Pantry in Merchant City. Its iced coffee and coolers lured me in on a hot day, and I returned this evening for the wine, deli board and chocolate brownie. Both Lindsay and I left feeling stuffed.

Friendly staff, lovely food, nice light. 10/10.

 
 

Treats From Joli

I’d much rather spend my money on gadgets than clothes. These gadgets are my livelihood, so I better take good care of them. But I haven’t always felt that way. In fact, I used to be pretty careless with my ‘stuff’.

My last laptop had a nasty dent on it from dropping it during a Skype call, and my previous iPhone had its screen replaced 3 times (within 4 months, might I add). It was time to invest in a beautiful iPhone and laptop case.

The smooth collection from Joli caught my eye—particularly the brown leather with aqua lining. They arrived this morning alongside a handwritten note. I love them!

 
 

Bubble Tea Summer

It’s raining. Again. I decided to look through my photos from the 3 days of summer we had, coming to the conclusion that bubble tea is perfect for summer days. I miss both bubble tea and summer days.

 
 

Loch Lomond Drive

Dan Rubin returned to Glasgow for his second Glasgow Photo Walk workshop. We decided to chase the morning light for the photo walk segment, setting our alarm for 4.45AM. Urgh. The dull, flat light we were met with didn’t exactly make the early rise worth it, but you’ve got to work with what you’ve got.

 
 

3 Days Of Summer

Scotland had its 3 days of summer last week. Alas, I was in a hospital for 2 of them with a respiratory infection. Boo. Upon being discharged, Dan—who was in Scotland for Glasgow Photo Walk—and I headed to Merchant City for iced coffee (check out Wilson Street Pantry if you’re in the area). Merchant City has a lot of graffitied and textured walls, making for the perfect portrait backdrop.

 
 

Fresh Air

I’ve been feeling a bit ‘under the weather’. A bit blue. I think it’s a combination of too much work on my plate, and my dad’s 10 year anniversary fast approaching.

It’s not a big deal, as there is one thing always guaranteed to lift my mood. Fresh air. Trees, sea, nature… It works every time, and today was no exception. All of this is on my doorstep. Well, a 20-40 minute drive.

Sometimes it’s worth taking a couple of hours out of a busy day to come up for air, no matter how ‘busy’ we are. This has helped clear my head.

 
 

Malia’s New Friend

Tomorrow is a huge day for the Baxter clan. We welcome my nephew into the family. I can’t wait to meet him, although it still doesn’t seem real yet. We’re a small, fairly close family and this is the first baby to come along, so it’s a pretty big deal for us and we’re all very excited.

This is Malia, my sister’s dog. I’m not sure how Malia will handle no longer being the centre of attention. I’ll still make a point of photographing her funny face, but I definitely anticipate a lot of baby photos appearing on this blog.

 
 
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