After nearly a month of AirBnB hopping and waiting (im)patiently for the right rental, we moved into our Victorian-era flat in one of Edinburgh's most family friendly suburbs; Stockbridge.
Can we just take a moment for those ceilings??!
My displaced mom brain made the boys room top priority. I insisted their space be immediately comfortable and welcoming to offset any potential adjustment anxieties, but of course they were fine. Still, it felt good knowing at least their space was solid as I stared down an otherwise empty flat.
International relocation is no small thing. We sold off nearly everything before leaving the states, and what was left either came with us in a suitcase or went to furnish our (then newly renovated) family's bed & breakfast in Utah. Moving into a completely empty flat was both liberating and maddening for all the reasons I'm sure you can imagine. In time we collected a small, very intentional group of furnishings, houseplants, and a fantastic wool rug. The front room served as the main living space, dining area and my workspace all rolled into one,
Stockbridge is one of the more artsy areas of Edinburgh. Its main thoroughfare, Raeburn Place is named for the artist Sir Henry Raeburn who did portraiture for King Henry IV and was Scotland's first significant portrait artist. Raeburn is dotted with mixed character merchants offering everything we could possibly need day to day, which was necessary since we didn't rely on having a car. Stockbridge is also known for is its multitude of expertly curated charity shops. One of my most memorable finds was a series of signed band posters that 15 year old me would have killed for. Coincidentally, Shirley Manson also grew up in Stockbridge and graduated from the same secondary school that my nephew (The Mudge) is currently attending. Suddenly the line "I'm only happy when it rains" makes a lot more sense.
I also may or may not have purchased way too many ridiculously cute UK-chic duds for the kids at said charity shops. Peacoats & wellies became our norm in Edinburgh's seemingly perpetual drizzle, which made for some of the most beautiful walks along the nearby Water of Leith.
The Goober was enrolled in P1 at the local primary school, which is essentially a public kindergarten primer. We really lucked out on location, being just 3 blocks from the school!
Just behind Raeburn Place is one of the city's largest green spaces, Inverleith Park, which has a fantastic playground and neighbors the oldest botanical garden in Great Britain, The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh - or "The Botanics" if you're local.
Thanks for tagging along through my humble tour of our little corner of Edinburgh ^_^ Have you been? I'd love to hear your stories!