Category: Journal

  • A letter from the last few months

    A letter from the last few months

    I’m not sure where the year has gone. How has time actually passed, despite the wild world we’re now living in? I ask myself this question all the time.

  • What’s next for our slow travel project

    What’s next for our slow travel project

    When I was commuting into Edinburgh each weekday — how strange it feels saying that in past tense — I kept a small notebook in which I’d scribble ideas as the train rattled towards the city. It feels like a lifetime ago when I wrote the words, Where does Hashtag Scotland go next? You may […]

  • Noticing nature and letting go of certainty

    Noticing nature and letting go of certainty

    After a week of work — which involves creating content about the coronavirus for about 7 hours a day, which as you’ve guessed doesn’t provide much opportunity from switching off from the situation we currently find ourselves in — one of the weekend’s simplest pleasures is sitting in the kitchen with a coffee and toast, […]

  • The temptation to take photos

    The temptation to take photos

    As I noticed the flowers, I had to stop myself from taking my phone out of my pocket. Why that anxiety, that desperation, to document this moment? This essay explores that feeling and trying to fight it.

  • Hashtag Scotland: Our road trip on film

    Hashtag Scotland: Our road trip on film

    This Hashtag Scotland project has grown proverbial arms and legs! Initially, when tour guide Nicolas and I started talking, we saw it as a blogging project. Perhaps we’d publish a few posts on our websites, or take a few photos. Instead, we took a road trip over a long weekend in May to document what’s […]

  • Behind the lens at two of Scotland’s most popular places

    Behind the lens at two of Scotland’s most popular places

    The next blog in this series is finally here! Apologies for the delay — I got a bit distracted by summer weather and cycling the Fife Coastal Path. Anyway… In the introductory blog to the #HashtagScotland project, I mentioned that the writing I’d shared around social media and travel back in 2018 had led me to […]

  • A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel

    A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel

    The first few days it rained almost solidly. Between cups of tea and chocolate-sunk biscuits, we turned pages of books as the raindrops tapped the caravan windows. Reading Kathleen Jamie’s Findings, I imagined myself in an alternative weather reality hoping that, in a few days, I’d be able to get outside and note all the intricacies of […]

  • Geotagging, exploring Scotland and the pursuit of likes

    Geotagging, exploring Scotland and the pursuit of likes

    I answered some questions via Instagram about social media, Scotland, and how we can protect our landscapes whilst sharing them with others online.

  • A new project: Exploring the relationship between Scotland and social media

    A new project: Exploring the relationship between Scotland and social media

    ‘It’s remarkable how, in just a few hundred years, the way we see the Highlands can change entirely…’ ‘Today we walk through them, cycle over them, climb them, explore them — and photograph them, over and over again. This landscape no longer repels people with its harsh, unknowable obscurity. Instead it attracts them in their […]

  • A walk near home to mark the weekend

    A walk near home to mark the weekend

    A quick blog based on yesterday’s evening stroll and the notes I took afterwards in a journal, scrawled vertically whilst lying in bed before midnight. The sky was hazy, like viewing it through condensation on glass. ‘Walk?’ B messaged me. We hadn’t done this yet, but this notion we had before we moved to Fife […]