What happened in May? 

You might remember last month my beloved dog Ben was unwell with pancreatitis. Unfortunately, he’s not quite recovered yet and I’ve had a few expensive trips to the vet with him for more scans, blood tests, medication and even an ultrasound (yes, they did have to shave his tummy and it’s pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!). Luckily, the ultrasound showed nothing more worrying than a few gallstones and my boy is back to his normal happy self.

It was also Thomas’ birthday in the middle of the month and we had his parents come to stay with us for a few nights just before it.

A three-day getaway to Edinburgh in the middle of the month was just what I needed. We went right after Thomas’ birthday and had such a good time. We ate in amazing restaurants, visited Edinburgh Castle, walked for miles and miles enjoying the architecture (and stopping at plenty pubs and bars along the way!) and had a perfect time together.
victoria street edinburgh
edinburgh castle

The last few weeks of May we’ve been treated to some GLORIOUS weather here in Scotland. Temperatures have been in the high twenties and the sun has been shining every day. That’s meant loads of BBQs with friends and family, plenty of al fresco eating and drinking, day trips in the sun and generally making the most of the weather. That’s one of the great things about being my own boss – I control my work times so if I want to spend the morning out in the sunshine then I can.

Whenever the weather is great in Scotland it makes me appreciate my home country even more than usual. It’s a fantastic place to live and even better when the sun is shining and the rain has disappeared for a few weeks. I’m very lucky to call this country home.

New posts in May…

Why Travel is a Form of Self-Care

Perfect Two-Night Edinburgh Itinerary

Best Gin Distilleries to Visit in Scotland

How Getting a Dog Changes How You Travel

What is Travel?

How to Improve Short Trips in One Easy Way

Books I read in May… 

I only managed to read two books during May for a variety of reasons. The main one being I had quite a few late nights looking after poorly Ben and was too tired to read. I’ll make up for it next month!

The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans was my first read of May. I didn’t love it as much as I was expecting, having heard rave reviews about it. It’s about a family with two actors for parents who are glamorous, beautiful and eccentric. It tells all about their trips to the seaside in summer, the people they meet there and  how secrets from the past can never stay secret forever.

Deadly Lies by Chris Collett was next. It’s a detective mystery novel and the first in a series of books about DI Tom Mariner. Mariner is likeable as a character and the story was interesting, keeping the reader guessing until near the end.

What’s happening in June? 

June has gotten off to a good start already – I went to see Ed Sheeran live on Friday night then we had some friends over for drinks on Saturday night.

This weekend I’m off for another weekend at my favourite Scottish spot, Archerfield Estate. I’m heading there with Thomas, my parents, my brother, his fiancee and, of course, Ben the dog for a weekend getaway and I cannot wait. Trips to Archerfield are always so relaxing and fun and it’s great being there with my favourite people in the world.

June also marks six years since I graduated from university and went into being a self-employed freelancer. It’s always nice to take some time to reflect on things that have changed in the last year and how my self-employment journey is going. Expect a post coming up on that soon.

And that’s it for another month! As always, thank you for taking the time to check in to my blog and read about all my adventures and musings. If you’re not already then please follow along on Twitter and Facebook to stay even more up to date.  

Emma x