- Photo Essays
There’s no denying it, snow makes me happy. Very, very happy. The excitement and wonder of the first time I awoke in Vancouver to a gorgeous white moonscape in my front yard was like a dream come true. Snow angels, snowmen, snowball fights….you name it, I am all over it when it comes to snow.
I have absolutely no idea where this fascination with cold places comes from. But it’s there just the same.
Living in Edinburgh gave me a taste of all the fabulous seasons and crazy weather Scotland has to offer and for me winter in Scotland is the most beautiful time of year.
I realised when I was putting these photos together that almost every time I have returned to Scotland since I lived there…has been during winter. Coincidence?
There is a cottage tucked safely away on the top of a hill just outside Edinburgh that is like my second home.
Whenever I visit my ‘Edinburgh family’, as they have affectionately become known, this is where I stay. Having a warm and cosy place in the north to retreat to when I am travelling through that part of the world is a luxury.
The last Christmas I spent at The Cottage with the family was during the Big Freeze in Europe a couple of years back and much to my delight, most of Edinburgh was picture-perfect white by the time I arrived on Christmas Eve; and even more so in the hills.
Two weeks during winter in Scotland spent at The Cottage meant endless frolicking in the snow, long walks and several (failed) attempts at building snowmen. It was one of the best northern winters I’ve had yet….