A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

Best Seat in Town

It’s one of my favourite weeks of the year. It’s a new year of sorts, the sky the moon and a marker in the sand for another year of my life.

6:30am… Today I jump out of bed as I’m keen to make the sunrise from the top of Arthurs seat.  No sign of rain, so it’s on.  I briefly scan the local barbers for appointments as a reward, a random act of kindness to myself as another year turns over.  I’ve a rough timeline in my head and want to make use of a day off work.  A hot towel shave and a fresh haircut.  Let’s start this 49th year as I mean to go on.

Leaving the house around 7.40.  It took me longer than I thought to get ready, but make it to the top in ample time.  I download some upbeat music, something new.  Nothing to generate memories, or reflect on as today I’m moving forward and taking charge.  I make it to the top in time for the official rise time.  A few folk doing the same, the odd runner.  It’s cold to take my gloves off for the camara and the odd picture.  There’s a bit too much cloud though, Tuesday would have been better the sky was on fire.

9am…down the other side, a Bacon roll and Haggis, it was chopped all wrong and fell apart, collapsed in my hands.  No matter a fork and some good coffee I’m ready to take the barbers on

Hot towel shave, a new me and the face of baby!  Then  some lunch in one of the best seats in town.  The bookshop café overlooking the castle.  I’ve gone nowhere near the cookbook section and I know how good it is.    I’m staying clear.

I’m not sure what I’m in for apart from the warmth of the sun and the proximity of all those words, knowledge facts and stories.  The possibilities are endless, so I make a few mental notes. I’d be in big trouble if I bought something on my wish list and found later to be in amongst the gifts.

My wife did get me some great presents including a new apron, a guide to herbs and a beautiful chopping board.  I’m now dreaming of warmer days where I can get a few seeds going.

Going to cut this post short, so I can pop round the other shares.  Hope everyone has a great week.

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

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  1. Joanne

    Happy birthday! Sounds like a wonderful way to start a new year.

    • akeerie

      Good start so far….back to the grind stone tomorrow though. thanks for stopping by, have a good week

  2. Natalie

    Happy birthday! What a view you have of the Castle. Your lunch location reminded me of a book I read last month: The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan. The bookshop location is in Edinburgh, within walking distance to the castle. Have a wonderful week! Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

    • akeerie

      Will have to look that book out. Thanks for the birthday wishes and hope you have a good week also.

  3. Janet Alcorn

    Happy birthday! Those sunrise pics are incredible.

  4. Deborah Drucker

    Happy Birthday. Nice photos of the sky. I just looked up haggis. I think it would be an acquired taste for me.

  5. Thistles and Kiwis

    Happy Birthday! Ah haggis…it has been many a year, though I saw a butcher just outside Wellington was making and selling some in time for Burns’ Night, but it just isn’t the weather and not the season for needs either. Arthur’s Seat…seeing it always makes me realise I am home.

  6. Jo

    How did I miss this one last week? Happy birthday…and that book on herbs is on my cookbook wishlist.

    • akeerie

      It’s a beautiful book and definitely recommend. Spent a good while looking at seeds yesterday, inspired to grow some herbs this year.

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