Which means it’s time to goodbye to hibernation, my electric blanket, and cold dark weekends spent entirely in the thrall of Netflix, and hello to days out enjoying Edinburgh, which as locals would know, looks mighty beautiful in springtime. Let's take a moment to savour, shall we?
Daffodils at Edinburgh castle.
Arthur's Seat, the Crags and a mystery gorgeous labrador
Edinburgh's prettiest walkway - the candy floss cherry Bs on the Meadows in May
Golden view over the city.
Daffys again in Princes Street Gardens.
Photos courtesy of Ian Sommerville - thanks Dad!
In addition to drifting ethereally through meadows of daffodils with my hair in a perfect fishtail plait, here’s some of the things on my springtime to do list for 2015:
Eat yummy food in cool places: I'll be trying out artisan pizza with a Swedish twist at the newly-opened Soderberg (brought to you by Scandi food ninjas Peter's Yard, who appear to be taking over the world one heavenly cardamom bun at a time); sampling a carb-busting meatball and spaghetti flatbread wrap from mega-trendy purveyors of Italian Street food Civerinos (find their exposed brick heaven on Hunter's Square); faceplanting into a plate of apple and haggis pakoras at Edinburgh's (and I think possibly the UK's) one and only craft beer and curry house VDeep, taking up residence in The Vintage's old cornerside dig in Leith; and finally, enjoying breakfast in three-tiered afternoon-tea style with Mimi's Bakehouse's new glorious, indulgent, technicolour Beforenoon Tea.
Drink beer: Although it's been open for several weeks, I still haven't managed to get along to the Hanging Bat's sister bar Spitfire - specialising in American, Canadian, German, Swedish and Belgian beer, it's going to be a must for toasting the arrival of spring's light nights.
Being really cultural: Checking out vintage video games exhibition Game Masters at the National Museum of Scotland (Yes! It's a legit exhibition in a proper museum an' everything); heading up to Calton Hill at the end of April for the annual Beltane fire spectacle; enjoying Hidden Doors, Edinburgh's May-time visual arts and music festival - venues tbc, but an old street lighting depot on Kings Stables Road is rumoured to the festival's quirky and characterful home; and learning about the Science behind Game of Thrones, just one of several awesome looking events at the always excellent Edinburgh International Science Festival in April.
Which barely scratches the surface I'm sure - what will you be up to to celebrate Spring in Edinburgh?
With love, from Edinburgh - Jane xxx