In September this year it will be my 9 year anniversary of moving to Edinburgh. I first came here to embark on the university chapter of my life. Since then I have been through a lot and lived all over the city; Bruntsfield, Newhaven, Marchmont and Leith. I moved to the area I now live in with my other half (Pilrig, Leith) over a year ago. In this time we rented and then bought our first home together. Yesterday evening I decided to have an explore around the area, our neighbourhood. I know this seems silly as we’ve lived here so long but tonight I went places I’ve never been before. To keep me company on my walk I had recently downloaded Audible, an audio book app. As well as never having time to go for walks, I also never have time to read (such lies). So now I’ve combined the two. I started listening to The Fault in Our Stars; and yes I am fully expecting to burst into tears on one of my walks as a result.

The Water of Leith

I’d only been walking for 5-10 mins and I was already deep in the Leith countryside. Surrounded by grass, woodland and HUGE thistles; it was wonderfully peaceful and relaxing.

Leith, Edinburgh

I have a few friends that go running or cycling along the water of Leith but as I don’t have a bike and I cannot abide running, I decided to go for a walk. This had been a walk that I had been meaning to go on for about a year but I’ve always had a million other things to do (drama queen much?). I can’t even remember the last time I went for a walk for walking sake. I normally walk with a purpose. I’m walking home, to a friend’s, to buy food, or the most common reason, to meet a friend at the pub. And it is for that reason that I found this walk so refreshing.

Leith, Edinburgh

Fifteen minutes into my walk I took a seat on a bench. Not because I was desperately out of breathe (although that wouldn’t be a surprise as I am embarrassingly unfit) but I just wanted to stop and take it all in whilst listening to my book – yes, I do realise how ancient I sound. It wasn’t the sunniest of evenings, as you can see below, but it was fresh and still so I was content. I sat there for 5 minutes, watched some people jog by and walk past with their dogs.

Leith, Edinburgh

Next on my walk things became a little eery. The path I was on was quiet and there was no one around. And then I was ambushed!! The fattest mouse I’ve ever seen ran in front of me. He quickly waddled off before I could even think about taking a photo but he still brightened up my journey.

I couldn’t resist taking the photo below as I love dandelions. Not only are they so delicately pretty, but they also remind me of my childhood growing up in the countryside.

Leith, Edinburgh

My next discovery made me smile. As a girly girl, I love pink and hearts (such a stereotype). I love these graffiti hearts, merging the Edinburgh countryside with city life – bringing my two loves together.

Leith, Edinburgh

I can’t wait to take my boyfriend next time I go for a walk around the water of Leith. I have only touched on what there is to discover in Edinburgh.

Leith, Edinburgh

I know the water of Leith goes down to Newhaven so I might head there next. Do you have anywhere else in Leith that you’d recommend I explore?

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