beyond my grasp (1)

Sometimes the word is hovering just beyond my grasp

In the deepest darkest recess of your brain lurks that missing word … I was in the car today, heading to the supermarket, radio on singing away to a tune from the 80s.  As the song finished  the  presenter started chatting and he was talking about forgetting what he’s saying when he’s halfway through a Read More

moxie definition (1)

Give your English a shot of Moxie

MOXIE   It means courage, vigour, verve, pep, skill and know-how. Oomph, energy, firepower, passion, hunger, desire, drive, get up and go, enthusiasm, pack a punch, grit, determination, zip, zeal, zest and zing. MOJO. It shows your true colours when you are doing something you are comfortable with. Your personality shines through, in your words, Read More

beyond my grasp (1)

C is for…

Cathedral There are two cathedrals in Edinburgh – St Mary’s and St Giles’.  I’m only going to be talking about one of them today, though. St Giles’ Cathedral Slap bang in the heart of the old town of Edinburgh, half way between the Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House lies St Giles’ Cathedral. As Read More


B is for …

Bridge There are at least 16 bridges in Edinburgh!  I didn’t know this until I decided bridge was going to be my ‘B’ in the challenge! Six of the bridges are actually aqueducts and carry the Union Canal through parts of Edinburgh. One of them even carries the Canal over the City Bypass (the main Read More


A is for…

  Elementary, my dear Watson Sherlock Holmes never said that.  Not in a novel at least!  He did say ” elementary” a few times, but never in they way we think he did! But I’m not here to talk about Sherlock Holmes, not directly anyway!  I’m here to talk about his creator, an Edinburgh native Read More


On the tenth day of Christmas

Louise sent to me, a post about The Pantomime.   Oh no, she didn’t! Oh yes, I did! A Very British Tradition Ah, the theatre.  The lights. The stage.  Those big red velvet curtains. The flippy up seats. The girl that sells little pots of ice cream with a teeny tiny plastic ‘spoon’.  The glitz. Read More


On the ninth day of Christmas

Louise sent to me, a post about The Christmas Party! Oh yes, now the fun really gets going!  It’s party day!  I remember all the office parties I went to, great fun with colleagues, singing and dancing into the wee small hours! Christmas Party Planning Christmas takes a lot of planning, and chances are your Read More


Wassail! Wassail! All over the town

On the eighth day of Christmas, Louise sent to me, a post about traditional Christmas drinks. (maids a-milking) Wassail and Wassailing You’re making words up again, aren’t you Louise?  Indeed I am not!  I wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing!  But they are not modern English words.  In fact, they come from the Anglo-Saxon Wæs Read More


The Loony Dook

On the seventh day of Christmas, Louise sent to me, a post about the Loony Dook (seven swans a-swimming). While technically not a Christmas tradition, this event is part of the Christmas Festivities here in Edinburgh.  It actually happens on 1 January every year, but as you will see in this post, New Year has Read More


On the sixth day of Christmas….

Louise sent to me…. A menu for Christmas dinner!   The gift on the sixth day is ‘six geese a-laying’  so the natural choice for today is food! And my goodness me, we eat a lot of food on Christmas Day! Your goose is cooked Turkey is the meat of choice for most UK households Read More