▨ Jamie McHale

August 2020

Troon, Kirkcudbright and selling my flat

I kicked off the month with a day trip over to the west coast, catching up with friends who were visiting family in Troon. It was great to be out of Edinburgh again.

I’ve started trying to be a little more social, although we’re still not clear of the virus here in Edinburgh. Although pubs and restaurants are open for indoors, I’ve been sticking to places where I can eat and drink al fresco.

I’ve had luck with outdoor seating at Black Ivy, Civerinos Slice, Doctors, Blackbird, Bennets of Morningside, and one of my favourites, The Ventoux.


Towards the end of the month I took a day-trip to Kirkcudbright to see my parents. It was the first time I’d seen them since lockdown. I was a little nervous, and so remained cautious with the physical distancing. Luckily, the weather held, so we ate outdoors, and I came away with a great box of fruit and veg from the garden.

Flat for Sale

Another big move is underway. I decided to sell my Edinburgh flat. I’ve moved from Tollcross down to Morningside for the time being. My one/two bedroom flat is now available via Neilsons/ESPC.


With the flat-move taking up a lot of my time this month, I haven’t had much time for reading. I did manage to read Birdstories by Geoff Norman on the history of New Zealand birds. It was a great book to fill in some of the backstory to birds I have seen on my previous walking trips.