13
Aug
2015
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Madeira, Madeira

The only way the title of this post works is if you sing it in the style of Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie. I’ve replaced the intro line of ‘Shakira, Shakira’ with ‘Madeira, Madeira’ and it totally works … well in my head anyway. The random start to this post is all down to the fact that on Saturday we jet off to, unsurprisingly, Madeira. It’s been a super busy year for Rob and I with lots going on, not to mention us both starting new jobs, so we both really need the break. And so with that, this will be...
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6
Aug
2015
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Gin mojito

I’m pretty sure Ernest Hemingway would turn in his grave at the mere notion of a gin mojito. The literary mastermind was famous for loving a mojito or two, and, naturally, the rum that makes this most glorious of summer drinks the cocktail that it is. Or does it? I’m a huge fan of traditional rum mojitos, but throwing gin into the mix was something of a revelation. I mean, what’s not to love when you have gin, lime and mint in the same glass? It’s refreshing, it’s delicious and it’s a mighty fine drink to sip on a Saturday...
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30
Jul
2015
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Things that made me smile: July 2015

Wow, where did July disappear to? I feel like it was just yesterday I wrote this post for June, but here I am four weeks later. It’s true what they say, time seems to move faster as you get older. But does it matter if you’re happy? I think not, and with that here are a few things that put a smile on my face this month. 1. Prosecco with my lovely husband.  Plus you can’t possibly be sad when you’re drinking something with bubbles in it, right? 2. Booking a trip to Copenhagen. I haven’t been to Denmark before...
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27
Jul
2015
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Moaning Monday

I know, you know, we all know, Scotland is not renowned for having good weather. Stunning landscapes and Game of Thrones-esque castles, yes, but the sun, no. Even though I’m well aware of that, this summer’s weather has been particularly appalling. We usually get a couple of weeks of sunshine – not bikini sunshine I might add – but enough to get your flip flops out and leave the house without a jacket. This year, I’ve yet to pack away my winter coat. Today, it’s particularly depressing. It’s like November outside, with driving wind and rain and it’s grey. Completely...
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19
Jul
2015
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July finds

We live in a world where we have access to so many wonderful things. I feel like there’s always a new blog to read, new flavour of ice cream to try or a new place to visit. My head is constantly awash with things I haven’t heard of and unless I document them, they end up getting filed somewhere in my head and I forget about them. That’s why I’m starting this new monthly feature, documenting the things that I’ve discovered recently. 1. Coconut water is amazing in all smoothies and juices. I’ve added it to pretty much every one of...
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13
Jul
2015
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Floors Castle

On Saturday we took our new wheels on a drive down to the Scottish Borders and ended up at Floors Castle in the town of Kelso. It’s a little over an hour outside of Edinburgh, which was far enough away to get out of the city, but close enough to get back for a night out with our friends. This grand house – the largest inhabited castle in Scotland – is home to the Duke of Roxburghe and his family, who open up the house a few months of the year to let people have a nosy around. I love...
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