A train journey tomorrow. Two Scottish cities and a night in a hotel. A university friend and I - pretending for an evening that we are students still. Edinburgh Castle and surrounding mile - cobbled streets and lamplit lanes. Shopping and wandering and wine for two.
Mothers and wives but before that friends. A woman I've known for years, who nowadays can barely hear my voice above our children's shouts. We may speak of loved ones - but they shan't be there. I cannot wait. The early train, a new dress and an overnight escape. A northern city of stone - all the better to wander - in the dark, in the winter, and in pairs... x