Last Sunday was really sunny, so we went for a picnic. If you cycle along the Union Canal for about ten minutes (it might be about a 25 minute walk), there's a little oasis called Harrison Park. It's much less busy than the Meadows, and seems to be filled with friendly dogs, children and barbeques.
For a successful picnic, you need some the following ingredients:
- Good sandwiches and other lunchtime treats
- A radio (I got Tom this Roberts Rambler from Relics in Ruthven Lane, Glasgow. It was an utter bargain. Love that shop). It only has MW and LW so it only really plays old music, but it was nice listening to sixties music in the park in the sun. Better than Radio One anyway.
- Reading material - shared Sunday Times, then a book each (In this case, Tom = Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, me Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer).
Across the path from the park is this little hut, where they rent out rowing boats for £5 and hour on Sundays from 11am-5pm. We ran out of time but we'll definitely be rowing next time.
[cherry blossom in the park]
One of the canal boats has a cafe in it, where they sell biscuits for 45p, no joke. It rocks back and forward every time someone enters or leaves, which is mildly thrilling.
[Font watch, love the font on Leamington Lift Bridge - actually I love the colour as well.]
This is my favourite boat on the canal, because it has fairy lights, and in the windows a little horse and a skull and crossbones.
This is Tom's favourite, because it looks like a face.
Finally, we went to see a flat just off Leith Walk, opposite a church. The flat was average but there was some cool graffiti on the church (it says "I sPray For You", and the hands are holding a spray can). There is a distinct paucity of good graffiti in Edinburgh. In fact, there's a blank sign on Rose Street just waiting to be tagged - get on it, someone.
Flats opposite churches seem to be a bit of a theme in our search - I'm in love with
, also down a holy lane, but Tom isn't a fan of the tiny kitchen, and sadly it was gone before we even got to view it.
I hear tomorrow is to be another roaster - what to do?