The quirky cafes and the hidden green spaces are no longer secrets.
Poring over old maps, like solving crossword clues, unpicking the puzzles.
The house is not dark when I get home now, and what a difference that makes!
Suddenly there are more hours to knit, to read, to move my life forward.
So many possibilities as I embrace the unexpected.
I am working my way through a new vegan cookbook: "Power Plates" by the writer of The Full Helping Blog.
I have tried two different recipes using mushrooms, miso, tofu and barley: a soup and a "bowl".
An Italian bean / tomato based soup.
A roasted carrot / green lentil salad.
This last was eaten alongside an Arbroath smokie - a delicacy I don't believe I had tried before.
Nor had I tasted haddock roe - made into a pate with vermouth and smoked paprika, eaten on sourdough toast.
This week I am on standby to try smoked coley, a delicacy in Germany, I am told.
I have found an enticing recipe for that, with spiced kale and coconut milk.
Exciting new adventures at the fish market!
No, not at all vegan.
I am working on "balance", remember!
And in knitting news... I am powering through my second "Warm and Snug" sock, the February pattern in Mina Philip's latest sock club series.
It has knitted-in welts, like the wrinkles in Nora Batty's stockings.
I really don't see the point of these, but I am well on my way to finishing the pair, using leftover West Yorkshire Spinners' yarn.
All of the things...
I am obsessing over the entire contents of Laine Magazine Issue 4.
Have I knitted anything from Issues 1, 2 or 3 yet?
But that doesn't stop me dreaming of fisherman's rib cardigans and oversized brioche sweaters!
Thinking I might even be able to do it from stash...
This one, Black Ice by Susie Haumann, for sure:
Two yarns held together... ooh yes, I have a plan for this one!
In a really mad moment I wondered to myself if I might be able to knit this sweater in time for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival... but that may be pushing too hard.
As my yoga teacher announced last week: "Life is a playground and not a battlefield".