Well, our mystery flat was a damp squib – literally. Beautiful otherwise, with its own patch of South-facing garden and lovely high ceilings, the windowsills were fringed with telltale black spots, and needing an portable dehumidifier to keep the air under control. In Scotland, you’ll find that many ground floor flats suffer from a menagerie of moulds. Good for mushrooms in Autumn, poor for our respiratory health. Ah well.
The day, as the reports predicted, gave us glorious sunshine, and soon we were over our disappointment.
We walked up through nearby Holyrood park a while, discussing the pros and cons of the flat-that-wasn’t-there, and the other potential places on our list. All the while aware of how lucky we are when the weather is like this, the wind blowing fresh and sweet across the new grass. Lucky, too, that in the centre of Edinburgh there is this beautiful green space in the wake of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags.
Nettles and dandelions – both of which are edible (though perhaps not if, as here, the place is commonly frequented by dogs).
Spring weather, gentle breezes, exploration, long and well-thought out talks on what it is we want from a home – a good day it is when you have all this time, all this greenery. There is still much to arrange, to wait for, to plan. But right now our bodies are tired out, souls are patched up, and minds, as they greatly needed to be, refreshed.