A City Of Shifting Light

It is pouring in London this evening, a hard cold wind smashes the raindrops against the roof. If I believed in signs, I’d say it were a sign I should up sticks and move to Edinburgh – drizzly, saturate, inclement Edinburgh, a city shaped by chill winds from the East. “A city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” (*Alexander McCall Smith)

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If I believed in portents, I’d say it means I should – specifically – live in this cosy, light-filled, vertiginous terrace just off Leith Walk ad infinitum. We rested our heads here this past weekend and I can’t stop, won’t stop, dreaming of a little life in this top-floor fortress. I’d write novels from the backroom study, creep across the sloping wooden floorboards each morning, shifting from socked foot to toe in the cold, anticipating the whistle of the antique tea kettle on the stove.

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On rainy nights like this one – an August night unusual in its bluster for London, perhaps, but run of the mill for our oft-deluged Scottish capital – I’d hunker down under piles of wool, tucked up with my favourite writers and a cup of hot cocoa. I’d fall asleep to the lights of the city twinkling below, the winds whipping off the Firth rattling the windowpanes.

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So if I believed in signs, I’d be booking my one-way ticket to the Burgh already. And even though I don’t believe in signs, I’m maybe, certainly, definitely contemplating doing so regardless…


  • London and Edinburgh both sound so good to me :3 I’m always for a vacation; a trip away from home to Edinburgh seems fun! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • frauleinlouise

      Thank you Audrey – you always leave such thoughtful comments. I’d recommend both for a holiday!

  • you’ve got me dreaming of a life in edinburgh with that lovely prose as well!

    • frauleinlouise

      Thank you Shannon! I really need to get my act together with Atlas Addict 🙂

  • Amy

    You’ve made me really excited for cosy autumn evenings now, there just always seems to be something so romantic about them. I could really go for a cosy nook, hot tea and a good book right now, with the sound of rain outside. Bliss. I really can’t wait to visit Edinburgh in September- it sounds amazing!

    • frauleinlouise

      Mmmm, I can’t wait either! Especially if it’s going to be rainy anyway. And you’ve got a headstart on your knitting!

  • I have to say – if I’d enjoyed this post without bothering to stop and read the writing, I’d have been completely convinced that this flat belongs to you! That beautiful kettle, the clock, the colours, the light – they all seem so you. I know the feeling re Edinburgh – helping my sister to move out of her gorgeous apartment, all high ceilings and slanting light, felt like a criminal act 🙁 xx

    • frauleinlouise

      Oh Tamsin, that I can well imagine!! It must have been hard for your sis to leave! And yes, basically my dream flat <3

  • Beautiful images, Lu! and Edinburgh is a very special place, one that I can perfectly imagine you living in. One day? x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  • Edinburgh has been on my wishlist for so long, but I still haven’t had the change to pay it a visit. This house seems a lot like you, the pictures are beautiful. Xx Eline | http://www.elinesreturnticket.blogspot.com