Fifteen degrees centigrade and 60 percent chance of shattered showers? Summer time in Edinburgh of course! No wonder I moved to London.
But despite the rain, I’m off home for 5 days for some Edinburgh festival fun and I can’t wait! New comedy, theatre and art, not to mention drinks with friends, Chippy sauce and my beloved Tigerlily… a bit of rain isn’t going to spoil that!
But I do have a bit of a dilemma… What to pack!! Unfortunately Olly is leaving 2 days before me (there’s only so much of that ‘the taste of beef crisps smell‘ he can take) which means separate luggage bags and no hope of hired (but unpaid) muscle to help me get up the Waverly Steps. Packing for a little trip home might sound easy peasy, but when it’s Edinburgh, it’s really not.
I’m going to need:
Shoes that are comfortable enough to walk in for most of the day, but attractive enough to wear for dinner and drinks. Oh and can cope with cobbles. Negative.
Some kind of lightweight knitwear that is both small enough to stash in a bag during a sudden and short-lived burst of sunshine but warm enough to be of some use when I suddenly find myself in a wind tunnel or get caught in gust of coastal wind. Negative.
Proof that the sun does exist in Scotland
A jacket that is smart but informal, warm but not too warm (it is August), cute but not so cute that Jacq has bought it too. Negative.
A selection of dresses that will take me from an early breakfast, to a lunch time theatre show, to a walking tour in the Auld Toun, to drinks on the Forth Floor (I wonder if the Three Small Apples is making a festival appearance?) to dinner somewhere cosy, to (more) drinks in the outdoor Spiegeltent, to a late night stand up show (Not to self: don’t sit too near the front…!!) and finally, to the night bus home. Negative.
Three x Three Small Apples
So I guess I’ll do what I always do which is pack a range of slightly too summery dresses that won’t provide any warmth and blow up with I least expect it, to be paired with a trusty cardigan, an impractically pocket-less denim jacket, shoes will last most of the day but might make me cranky later on in the evening…and my huge, can’t-live-without-it scarf.
Dress + Cardigan + Scarf = prepared for Scotland.
Oh, and an umbrella. Perfect!