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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?