Author Archives: embamford

friday evening as usual

The deck still glistens with water, but at last the sky is clear save for those high, light grey clouds that are no more threatening than birdsong. The sun has dropped behind the hills and when she stands at the … Continue reading

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life is what happens…

…when you’re making other plans. We’ve all heard that saying, right? And to me, it always suggests a certain negativity, a certain regret. A certain sense that, at the end of our days, we will look back and say, “I … Continue reading

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summer, suddenly

I was waiting for spring, and was taken by surprise by summer. North East Scotland is currently basking in a heatwave of twenty degree weather; last weekend, the city beach was a riot of children and dogs braving the North … Continue reading

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another evening run

Along the old Deeside railway line, jumping over the tufts of grass that poke up through the sprinkling of snow and skipping between the puddles that look like liquid gold when the sun catches them in just the right way. … Continue reading

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And so to Scotland

Just after 5am the Friday before last, we loaded ourselves and the cats into an already jam packed car and drove down the Autoroute du Mont Blanc for the last time in the foreseeable future. It was probably just as … Continue reading

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North Country dreams

Last weekend, two old friends came to stay; one from university, who I see often, and one from my time in upstate NY, who I hadn’t seen for years and years. He brought with him all his photos from that … Continue reading

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every one of life’s journeys

So, the Caribbean was not truly for me. I feel very guilty and spoilt writing that, but I think there are certain landscapes that really resonate with a person – often, but not always, those they grew up in – … Continue reading

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