≑ Menu

My neighbourhood


This is the first time I’m participating in Independent Fashion Bloggers’ weekly IFB project where the theme is ‘your neighbourhood’. I thought it was a good opportunity for me to take my shiny new camera into the outside world for something other than outfit posts!

The area I would consider my neighbourhood (Hillside, fact fans) is populated by a good mix of young professionals, young parents and old style Leithers. It’s older demography wise and more sedate than where I used to live near the university, while still having enough in the way of restaurants, pubs, shops, cafes and libraries (well, a library) to keep me entertained. It’s also really close to my work, and one of the few properly central areas where a bay windowed room is within the grasp of first time buyers. But what really struck me as I was wandering about is how green it is. There are trees on pretty much all the streets, loads of parks everywhere, and front gardens, whether overgrown abandoned ones or those of neatly manicured perfection, are full of flowers. And you know how I love flowers.

What do you like about your neighbourhood?

Happy weekend kittens!

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Desiree Aitken 19 July 2011, 8:22 am

    What a beautiful part of the city you live in Franca – is the gorgeous lime green front door and toadstool figures yours? Β I can see you living in such a glorious spot:)

  • Frocktasia 19 July 2011, 8:26 am

    Dear Franca,
    I lived not far from there in the mid 90s, me & a pal shared a tiny flat on McDonald Road just off Leith Walk. I remember people telling me that it was a rough part of Edinburgh and it certainly was different world from Blair Street where I'd lived before but I really loved it. We used to go the the 'Old Salt Pub' in the morning after a night out and drink with the postmen before they went on their delivery rounds and then get fresh morning rolls from a little family run bakery a few doors down…those where the days πŸ˜‰
    I have been back since and it's evident that money has been pumped into to the area and I don't think that those people that deemed it rough back in the day would do so now. Nothing much has changed for me though, I still live in an area that others deem dodgy but even here there's a slow gentrification taking place as young professionals are struggling to get on the property ladder in other more attractive areas of London. What do I like about my neighborhood…it's got to be the close proximity of the park and I also love the Afro-Caribbean vibe we've got going here with no less than three wig shops a stones throw away and lots of little shops that sell yummy Yams, plantains and other interesting food stuffs. Thank you for sharing you little corner of the world with us πŸ˜‰
    Take care luv, Jennie xXx

  • Mojca_stefanic 19 July 2011, 8:38 am

    Lovely pics! I'm in love with that apple green door!

  • oranges_and_apples 19 July 2011, 8:51 am

    Not my door! Ours is just plain. We did used to have bay trees outside our
    door but they died πŸ™ gardening is one creative pursuit I have no talent

  • Anna 19 July 2011, 9:54 am

    Love your neighborhood!! I visited Edinburgh 5 years ago and I loved it. Actually I visited once in the winter when it was really cold and then during the summer when the festival was taking place and it was sunny warm and wonderful! I love the Royal Mile area very much, as well as the view from Calton Hill! My brother is coming there in September to do his masters degree, so I'd definitely visit Edinburgh while he's there!

  • Helen 19 July 2011, 12:01 pm

    Very cool – I know very little about Leith, weirdly – I lived in Edinburgh for 6 years, and will be moving back in August. I'd love to see more out-and-about pics from you! My neighbourhood will be right off the royal mile…pub central!

  • Janegallagher66 19 July 2011, 7:46 pm

    I love the colours and the open doorway is so inviting and welcoming.

  • Mary @ stylefyles 19 July 2011, 8:00 pm

    what a breathtaking series of photos – great work!

  • Krystal/Village 19 July 2011, 8:03 pm

    oh i love this!!! that is a great ifb series and i missed it!

  • Helen 19 July 2011, 9:10 pm

    I really enjoyed this post! Your neighbourhood looks lovely. I might have to copy this idea when we move in, I love the area of Liverpool our new house is in.Β 

  • Hallie Wilson 20 July 2011, 3:21 am

    Wow, by far one of my favorite entries so far in this week's IFB Project. These photos are spectacular!

    Looking forward to getting to you know and your blog, consider me your newest follower! x

    -Hallie πŸ™‚

  • oranges_and_apples 20 July 2011, 9:44 am

    No, Hillside is definitely not considered rough, especially not the bit on
    the macdonald road side of leith walk. though I don't suppose it will ever
    become proper posh though because there's a lot of housing in nearby areas
    that looks pretty poor quality and not sure individuals could do it up that
    much even if they wanted. I wouldn't say anywhere is rough really, except
    maybe the foot of leith walk at chucking out time.

    Royal mail have sold that depot 2 years ago, v sad. It's just a massive
    demolition site at the mo.

  • Terri 20 July 2011, 9:14 pm

    What struck me is the color!Β 

  • 3QC 20 July 2011, 10:31 pm

    I visited Edinburgh last year over the May Day holiday, and it seemed to have been invaded by tourists. Wasn't my favorite city on that trip simply because the crowds made everything inaccessible. Seeing it in your post makes me think I might be willing to give it another shot. πŸ™‚ Lovely photos.


  • oranges_and_apples 21 July 2011, 6:42 am

    The tourists seem to stay in the main areas, so it's easy to avoid them. I
    used to live in the south and it drove me bonkers, but not I hardly even
    notice, even during the festival when the population of the city literally
    doubles. So definitely give it another shot, maybe not on a bank holiday

  • RK 22 July 2011, 1:16 am

    These photos look gorgeous! I spent 2 blissful summer days in Edinburgh, admiring the Gothic architecture. It must be lovely to call such a historic town your home!

    My neighbourhood has a lot of green as well, and being Montreal, lots of pretty old houses. There's also a killer pizza joint just steps outside my apartment, which is handy in the winter…

  • Megan Joy W. 28 July 2011, 9:44 pm

    Your neighborhood is so quaint. You have a great eye.


  • LORENA 29 July 2011, 11:10 pm

    Your neighborhood is gorgeous ! Look at all those buildings and all of the flowers. I have neighborhood envy πŸ™‚
    My neighborhood is the same one I was born in 36 years ago. Well at least the location.
    I live 4 streets from where I was born. It use to be paradise.
    Lots of trees, nice, quiet. Now, it is being turned into a hell hole.. Trees going down all week, spanish style houses being torn down to have hideous skycrapers built. Whore houses replacing restaurants. It is really bad. I actually feel like crying sometimes.

  • oranges_and_apples 30 July 2011, 9:05 am

    I am so sorry to hear that, it's so sad when that happens. I don't understand why old buildings are allowed to be ripped down. The thing that replaces them is worse 99% of the time.