Monday, 31 August 2009

Time. It's a funny old game...

View looking North Westish

It has been quite a strange old week and it seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. I have been catching up and saying goodbyes to many friends this week and the time has flown by so quickly that I can't quite believe that I am off tomorrow. I seem to have been organising "stuff" for an age and now it is time to go on my big journey. This weekend I had a wee last drink session with many good friends, which was great fun, although I am not sure I managed to chat to everyone properly, but a big thank you to all who could make it out. At present I have no photos from the evening, but i might get some. I went for a very windy walk up Arthurs Seat on Saturday with Emma and Diff, which was great as it gave me a chance to look at my city for the last time in a while. It is a great city, but it is time to take a break from its old walls and road works. I took a few photos with my point and shoot as you get great views, when the weather is clear. Many memories spread across the city.

My bag is finally packed, with thanks to my Mum who folded my clothes properly so they all fit, my cupboards are bare and I have less than 24 hours connection to my broadband and electricity. Am I prepared? I will keep you posted on that one.

Goodbye Scotland. Hello USA.

View to Leith and Firth of Forth

Queenies wee hoose and garden

The lions head

Views to the East

Wind swept. We weren't sure about the interesting.

All photos by Caroline Harvey

Monday, 24 August 2009

My bag is not a Tardis

Well, it has been a long time in the planning, or at least it feels like it. Maybe I have just been talking about it for longer, who knows, anyway there is only 8 days left until I leave for my big trip to the States and Canada.

Am I prepared? I think so. I have done all the big important things anyway. I have my plane ticket, I have sorted all things to do with my flat and my car, I have organised bank stuff etc etc. I am however still trying to pack my bag, it is a very difficult task and I am having to make very tough choices over very small things. I know it is a girly thing because these huge dilemmas are over clothes, socks and pants. Don't get me started on shoes, I have finally made my peace with that one and know that I can only take trainers, climbing shoes and flip flops. It is a crazy situation as it has taken less thought on bigger decisions in my life, now it is taking me days of looking at and swapping around bundles of tee shirts, socks and knickers. Ok, I admit that I think I am a bit OCD about having at least a fortnights worth of clean socks and underwear, but I am getting all precious over everything else, and I know from previous experience I will wear the same things for days on end and that I can buy new things if I need them, but it is a tricky one.

This is what I have laid out about half and hour ago, it has since changed again. This little pile does not even include my climbing shoes, camera stuff, toilet bag....... and I am sure there is probably one very important thing that I am missing, but can't think what.

Nevermind, will go re-pack again and see where I can save more space. Maybe I only need 1 jumper!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The next J K

13th August 2009 was a very special occasion as it was the launch night of my very good friend, Hazel Allan's, first book. The book is a children's novel called "Bree McCready and the half heart locket"

I am not a wordsmith like Hazel, so find it hard to articulate how happy and proud it made me to be there and to take photographs of this amazing night.

Hopefully this will be the first of many novels and Bree will be as big and famous as JK's Harry!

Go buy it now

All photos by Caroline Harvey

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Summer sun on the North East coast


A few weeks ago I headed North to visit the Mater and Pater with my beautiful nieces. Did the sun shine? Yes. Did the girls have fun? Yes. Did Grace jump in the water within the forst 15 minutes of arriving? Yes. Was the water cold? You bet your life it was. Did I, as a great and loyal Auntie follow and play joyfully in the water? Absolutely not. I did however watch carefully from the side and shivered at the very thought. Brrrrrrr.

An attractive photo of me taken by Grace, I think Rose was behind trying to do the usual rabbit ear thing but she is cut out. Cheeky monkey!

Flying fox action

The blue sky says warm, the North sea still says Baltic

Yo Dude!

Not quite point break, but very, very brave.

All photos by Caroline Harvey