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11.13.2011

October 31

We’ve arrived at the end of my trip. The last walk.




The way I remember it, the wind was blowing like mad. I have no idea how these pictures came out looking so peaceful.




Christophe and Gemma led the way through Holyrood Park, along the skirt of Arthur’s Seat.




Another time, I want to climb to the top. I’ll have to go back.




I think I could live in Edinburgh. Next lifetime, maybe.




Hope your week is off to a good start.

89 Comments:

Anonymous Emily said...

I absolutely fell in love with Edinburgh when I visited for the first time a few years ago. I've also never made it up to Arthur' seat! I'm headed back in two weeks time for a quick weekend jaunt to check out the city's Christmas festival, perhaps I'll finally be able to make it up there. Thanks for the photos, they're getting me excited to head back.

12:07 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Thinking of the days said...

So pleased that you love Scotland.Next time you come over to the Uk try some of the Scottish islands....in summer!Mull, Oronsay, Colonsay....

PS love the new banner on your blog!

12:15 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous emmajane.b said...

Molly, I was in Edinburgh the same weekend as you, in fact I was looking round Holyrood Place rather than walking around the park like you did. I was there on the Saturday and it was blowing a gale then too but the sun was so low lying and glorious. Your photos are beautiful and capture it perfectly. I was born in Edinburgh but had not been back for 15 years until I went to celebrate a friends big birthday. It felt like going home and realising how much I have missed it, I will be going again soon. Emma

1:19 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Magda said...

Such beautiful photographs. I've never been to Scotland but it's not terribly far from Holland. I have to make that trip.

How I love your new header banner Molly! It's very... well, you :)

1:51 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous lauren@spicedplate said...

It almost looks like a fairy tale or a dream, with those green rolling hills so unlike anything I've seen before...thanks for documenting your journey and thus taking us all along with you.

2:41 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Sharon said...

I spent a summer in Edinburgh when I was a student and my boyfriend lived there for 8 years. We both went back this autumn and thought we could live there too. Perhaps we'll be neighbours in our next lives!

3:07 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Kit Yoon said...

Peaceful indeed, Molly! Love the colors, the compositions, the... Well, everything about this post! Thanks for sharing your serendipitous trip with all of us.

3:54 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I think I could too...maybe we'll be neighbors.

3:59 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I'm so glad you fell in love with such a beautiful place.

4:11 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Molly said...

this is beautiful. i've so loved following you along your travels! xo

4:29 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger deborah said...

Thanks for taking us along your unplanned journey - it's been a good one.

Love the new header too!

4:29 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger cocopuff1212 said...

Yes, these are beautiful photos. I especially like the 4th one from the top. I know the weather up there turns bitter cold during the winter months and I'd probably never make it through one winter (I'm a wimp), but I'd bet the severe winter landscape has its own stoic and desciplined-kind of beauty. I'd love to see it.

p.s. I love your header.

4:33 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Yuri - Chef Pandita said...

Have a great week :)

4:38 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous mokko said...

i also visited scotland in june for the first time. amazing landscape! our friends there were the best guides for exploring the "munros" and "corbetts".
i've made many cakes from your blog. thank you for your recipes and wonderful writing.

4:39 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous emily said...

those pictures do look so peaceful. and what a glorious trip you made out of disappointment.

4:39 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Memoria lacessita said...

What beautiful pictures. I love the mellow, shaggy earthiness of Holyrood Park. I lived just up the road during my junior year abroad and had the amazing good fortune to get to go running in the park nearly every morning. It's still my favorite place to travel in my mind. Thanks for sharing your travels -- so glad you had a good trip!

4:51 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Alex said...

Those are really lovely. And I don't know if you've just changed the pictures at the top of your blog or if you did it a while ago and I never noticed (completely possible), but I love what you've done there, with the different depths of field.

5:21 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Anna said...

I love your new blog header and the photos of the beautiful landscape. Thanks for sharing your travels!

5:21 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Kara said...

I'm trying to convince my parents to go to Edinburgh instead of somewhere potentially warmer during Christmas break (we live in Germany), and I keep showing them the pictures from your trip. How can they say no?

5:56 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Emily said...

The time to hike Arthur's Seat is in the summer on one of the long, long evenings that the late sunset provides.

6:07 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger matinetnuit said...

The new header is great. Much more evocative than a vegetable.
That is a lovely knoll.

6:22 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Hanna said...

Arthur's Seat is my favorite place in Edinburgh! Loved seeing these pictures.

6:25 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Brit said...

wow--what a gorgeous landscape!

6:31 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Jess said...

Good morning! Beautiful new banner. Happy Monday, friend.

6:36 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Roberta said...

The walk looks lovely. May you have many more in your future. Your photos make me want to visit Edinburgh.

6:43 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Kathryn O said...

Gorgeous photos, gorgeous place. Looks absolutely magical :)

7:01 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Elissa said...

Remember that scene in Chariots of Fire where the Scots brother and sister were walking in the hills outside of Edinburgh and she's haranguing him about running instead of being a missionary? The scene was filmed exactly where your image #6 was shot in this post. Scotland is magical---so glad you went!

7:14 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger fanny said...

Love love LOVE the new masthead!

7:21 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

A new look for the blog - very nice!

7:23 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Winter said...

To walk those fields and rolling hills! Beautiful! Also, love the new header!

7:37 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous molly said...

These have been such a treat, Molly, every last one of these journeys. They bring to mind those old postcard booklets from a century ago, that would unfold along perforated edges, flip-flop.

Welcome home. And thanks for taking us all along on the ride.

7:40 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Andrea said...

The view from Arthur's Seat is breathtaking. You'll love it when you go back. Thanks for sharing your travels and showing us all how to make the unexpected into a gift.

7:50 AM, November 14, 2011  
OpenID allisoncooks said...

Cute new header picture! I like the table, and the opposite foci :)

7:57 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Brenda said...

Love the new banner. Lovely pics.

7:58 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Daisy said...

your pictures are simply gorgeous. I really want to visit Scotland now.

8:46 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Alyson said...

Thank you for sharing these photos. I was in Edinburgh in March 1988. I was a runner then, and I still remember running up that path to the top, seeing a fox, coming round the other side to see more strange rolling hillocks, and feeling my life had changed completely in a very subtle, still unfathomable way.

8:52 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger tori said...

God these photos are beautiful. Sigh.

9:06 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Anne Zimmerman said...

I love the small Pendleton purse!

9:10 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Emily said...

My inner fashionista must inquire about your bag!

9:14 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Sue/the view from great island said...

Gosh, I have so many plans for those 'next lifetimes'...I'll have to add Scotland to the list.

9:23 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Laura said...

Yeah! I was going to ask if that was Holyrood!

10:06 AM, November 14, 2011  
OpenID lizlemonnights said...

Oh I love Arthur's Seat! I think you went at a right time though, despite the wind. The summer it's filled with midges, gah. Love the new photos for the banner by the way. This may sound silly but I love how they're like a perfect reflection to your quiet, lovely writing style. Thank you for always being true to your voice, being one of the few bloggers not on Foodbuzz, just writing for your own sake. That's hard to find these days. Truly inspirational.

10:09 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Shanna said...

Molly. Your new header is PERFECTION.

10:25 AM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Connie / Marinating Online said...

I have to agree with sigh....I have to do more traveling.

10:48 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger SaintTigerlily said...

I lived in Scotland for two years - the best two years of my life. A friend of mine picked me up at Edinburgh airport one time when I arrived back from a visit to New York and I marveled at the smoky purple hillside as we drove up the coast to St. Andrews. He saw me looking and said: "Scotland - one sexy country."

Couldn't be more true.

11:54 AM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Late Bloomers said...

Lovely pictures conveying so much sereness! Scotland is one of my dream destinations. Thanks for sharing!

12:26 PM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Nanna said...

My heart swells up when I look at your photos from Edinburgh. It's such a special place.

12:38 PM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Victoria said...

Molly,

I forgot to say I LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER!

1:18 PM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger GG said...

Great new header. I only went to Scotland for the first time relatively recently. Why did I wait so long it is truly beautiful. Next time you really do have to go to Mull. GG

1:22 PM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Linda E. said...

Welcome home! I love the new header and I'm glad you are blogging more often recently--I've missed your voice.

1:24 PM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Morgan said...

What is it about your words and your photos that works so well? Why do they feel like warm family meals and homespun goodness? 'Tis a sweet mystery.

I thought I'd share a thank you I wrote for A Homemade Life - I can't believe that I'm just now reading it after visiting here for years, but I am, and I'm going to its homey pages every chance I get.

http://thelongbonds.com/post/12658365428/a-homemade-life

2:17 PM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger sonrie said...

thank you for taking us through Europe while never leaving home. I am saving for that special trip someday. Love the green - intense green!

3:13 PM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous Faythe said...

Molly, in my heart I've always longed to visit, just as my grandfather had done. He traveled to Scotland to connect with family roots, tracing the line back to the 1400s. There he fell in love with the country - the people, the places, the culture. Your photos capture so beautifully the land he loved so much. Thank you for sharing.

3:40 PM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Claudia said...

Scotland is so - wonderfully wild and freeing. The photos capture that. The name Gemma is going to be appearing in my some of my writings very soon.

4:54 PM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous ckipps said...

I made it to the top of Arthur's Seat on my first visit to Edinburgh during grad school, in the rain, and it took 2 days to dry off w/ my clothes over the radiator in my little room. Love the pics -- brings it all back.

6:11 PM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi, all. So happy to hear that you like the new header! My friend Sam and I worked together on it. (Sam is the absolute best.) We also widened the blog a bit, so that I can post larger photos. Still a very simple layout, but much better, I think.

And Emily, that's my friend Gemma who has the purse, but I can tell you that it's made by Pendleton. Pretty great, right?

6:41 PM, November 14, 2011  
Blogger Renee said...

Molly, have you read "One Day" by David Nichols? There's a part in the book when the characters Dex and Emma go to Arthur's Seat, and after I read it I thought "I must go!". So happy I was able to live a little vicariously through you. Love the photos, and the new banner - change is good!

7:51 PM, November 14, 2011  
Anonymous susana estevam said...

so you never left Edingurgh? you have to go back and next time make sure you go to the countryside! :)

12:52 AM, November 15, 2011  
Anonymous MyDigitalis said...

Wow, when I was a kid I had read a book where the characters played in Holyrood Park--and the name has always stuck with me, but I've never researched it. I had such a different image in my mind before I saw your pictures but I'm so happy I got a chance to really go back to those days of mini-me the bookworm. Thanks for posting!

2:54 AM, November 15, 2011  
Blogger Mandi said...

Your new banner is confusing my eyes haha I like it...

8:10 AM, November 15, 2011  
Blogger Urban Girl said...

Molly, love the new blog banner... which is reflective of the changes in your blog, where pictures, although beautiful, used to be scarce, and now your stories are mostly told through amazing pictures (nearly to my hearts content) You are a great story teller and photographer.

9:44 AM, November 15, 2011  
Anonymous nicole said...

Scotland is so close my heart ... I have been plotting how to get back there since the day I left after a wonderful trip w. my friends in Edinburgh in 2003. Next time you must get up to the Highlands! Lovely photos.

12:39 PM, November 15, 2011  
Blogger red ticking said...

molly... would love to go to scotland one day... i am so glad you had a wonderful time...xx

5:00 PM, November 15, 2011  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm very jealous! Have always wanted to go to Scotland. Love seeing your pictures!

6:42 PM, November 15, 2011  
Blogger indigo said...

awesome new masthead! yay!

8:51 PM, November 15, 2011  
Blogger Alison said...

These images are so lovely, and you're right, they seem very serene.

9:31 PM, November 15, 2011  
Blogger The Yard Sale Girl said...

LOVE the new banner!

9:30 AM, November 16, 2011  
Blogger Anna said...

Your new header (photo at top of your blog?) is gorgeous, as are the Scotland photos.
I'm with you on Scotland. I haven't been since I went with my family around the age of thirteen, but I love GB in general, and always want especially to go in the fall. Something about the beginning of sweater weather makes walking around the countryside exactly what I want to be doing.

10:28 AM, November 16, 2011  
OpenID freshscratch.net said...

Hey, Molly...greetings from Olympia! I spent Christmas time in Scotland once. It was enchanting. Thanks for sharing all your pics of your trip these last few weeks. Sorry it didn't all go as planned, but you sure rallied! I just wanted to pop over and say hi and tell you I love the new header at the top of your home page and that I visit your blog every. day.

2:43 PM, November 16, 2011  
OpenID lechow said...

beautiful.
love the new pics at top of blog. really nice.

3:43 PM, November 16, 2011  
Blogger hannahalehandra said...

I love Edinburgh! Oh to eat a decently made porridge.xo http://hannahalehandra.blogspot.com/

4:15 PM, November 16, 2011  
Blogger Brooke Cassell said...

I was in Edinburgh alone for a weekend once when I was 22. I decided to climb up Arthur's Seat but didn't take the time to figure out that there was a real trail. I saw a single-track trail of the type that teenagers blaze to find a good spot behind a boulder for exciting foolishness... usually involving bottles of stolen booze and stolen kisses. Thinking that was in fact the trail, I headed up. The trail ended. I kept going. After pulling my exhausted self up over a ridge I landed on my stomach on the real trail. Oops. But I kept going up to the top. There was a freezing wind and, at the very top, a couple holding each other and kissing while the sun set and the wind blew their hair and their coats. I'll always remember that stolen moment of thoroughly enjoying someone else's romantic sunset.

4:33 PM, November 16, 2011  
Anonymous Ilke said...

You are right, the pictures look so peaceful, and nobody has bad, crazy hair so I can not tell if it is windy or not:)

We need several lifetimes to live in all those places that has stolen our hearts.

7:17 PM, November 16, 2011  
Blogger Gaidheal said...

I'm lucky to have been born and grown up in Edinburgh. I'm studying in Birmingham, and don't get up to Edinburgh much - recently I had the longest spell away from home in my life (8 months), and it's always 'the thing to do' to go up Arthur's Seat alone or with family. Then a nice cup of tea upon returning to the house!
I've been reading more of your blog recently: something about the small amount of text available in Google Reader has persuaded me to click through to your post, and as I've started to get into photography a little more, I'm really enjoying all the photos you take.
I look forward to your next post!

Duncan

8:47 AM, November 17, 2011  
Blogger nonnapuffo said...

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1:35 AM, November 18, 2011  
Blogger sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hello Molly,
Thank you so very much - I have really enjoyed reading about and seeing your trip. Holyrood park takes me back to student days....
You write so beautifully about it all. I read all the posts together and savoured them all!

Sarah x

4:30 AM, November 18, 2011  
Blogger Dawn said...

Isn't Scotland magical? I'm American, but we had to live there in this lifetime, so I'm currently in Glasgow. It isn't as pretty as Edinburgh, but it's friendly and funny and full of the most wonderful people.

5:26 AM, November 18, 2011  
Blogger christianne said...

I recognize that hill - I hiked to the top the first time I visited Edinburgh. The view is amazing. Such a gorgeous city - glad you were able to see it for yourself!

9:19 AM, November 18, 2011  
Anonymous Lily said...

Beautiful little hill! Vacation is supposed to be vacated from daily life and it seems his place is perfect for it, although it was windy:-)

I enjoyed reading the post. Thanks!

11:20 PM, November 19, 2011  
Anonymous Chiara said...

I live in Edinburgh. I regularly climb to the top of that hill to watch the sun rise. I'm glad you liked it here!

9:45 AM, November 20, 2011  
Anonymous emiglia said...

Love Arthur's Seat! You should definitely try to climb it next time... I was there this summer, and we lucked into an uncharicaristically beautiful day to hike.

9:38 AM, November 21, 2011  
Blogger Run Fast Travel Slow said...

I love the light in your photos... gorgeous.

6:09 PM, November 22, 2011  
Blogger kyleen said...

Gorgeous photos! They make me want to go to Scotland one day.
I really like your header, by the way. I love how it plays with the focus.

8:54 PM, November 22, 2011  
Blogger India Banks said...

love the new masthead & everything about your blog.

12:13 PM, November 23, 2011  
Anonymous HAFoodie said...

Scotland is our favorite place ever . . . we're waiting for retirement when we can get there, get the manor house and the land and the hounds and relax & listen to the brogue. Ahhh . . .

7:04 PM, November 23, 2011  
Blogger John Box said...

I went to Edinburgh last summer and it was such a wonderful experience. I definitely want to live there in the future. At least for a couple of months.

3:33 AM, November 26, 2011  
Anonymous Meagan said...

Oh loved these pictures! I lived in Edinburgh in July - August 2010 and walked in Holyrood Park often but only climbed to the summit once with my other half! We almost died, it is a deceivingly steep hike! Prepare yourself. Also, I loved it when we lived there - even though it was short. I would move back in a flash if I had a job.
Meagan

7:26 PM, November 28, 2011  
Blogger Megs said...

Those are beautiful pictures. I have done portions of that hike on Salisbary Craig, I think it is called. We dined at Clarinda's Tea Room on the Royal Mile afterwards. I am going to try your soup recipe whilst home for Christmas in cloudy and cold, Indiana.

8:32 PM, December 02, 2011  
Blogger Sara said...

We hiked to the top when we were there and it was even windier, but great views! And lots of kids scrambling around (but we were there in spring).

2:18 PM, December 08, 2011  

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