My Travel Adventures 2014 – Part 4

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Part 4 of my travel adventures in 2014 October - Paris & Dijon, France In October we travelled to France a country I have visited frequently in recent years. Although I have visited Paris before this was my first time back in Paris for many years so I was quite excited to experience it all again. Paris is one of my favourite cities, it holds a special place in my heart as it was the first place I visited outside of the UK and you could say my love of travel and experiencing different ... [ Read More ]

My Travel Adventures – 2014 Part 3

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Part 3 of my travel adventures in 2014 August- The Highlands of Scotland Crossing the Skye bridge over to Kyle of Lochalsh we travelled on to Plockton the very pretty village on the shores of Loch Carron. An idyllic place it is a haven for tourists and artists. Plockton was mainly a fishing and crofting village and while the village is no longer dependent on this, the sea still plays an important role, with many local people owning a boat. Plockton at low tide The famous Palm ... [ Read More ]

My Travel Adventures – 2014 Part 2

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Part Two of my travel adventures in 2014 August - The Isle of Skye & The Highlands of Scotland Late August saw me travel to the Isle of Lewis again but only for a few days as my main reason for going was to get the ferry from the Isle of Harris to Uig in Skye to spend a few days in this area. I wanted to start at the top of Skye and work my way down to the mainland. This was one of my favourite travel adventures this year as we got some incredible late summer weather which really did show ... [ Read More ]

My Travel Adventures – 2014 Part 1

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 Happy Hogmanay from Scotland everyone!  As you all know I love to travel so when I am not working I am usually off on my travels, here is a snapshot of my travels this year (some of the places I have not got around to writing full blog posts about yet but I promise I will soon as I have some fantastic photographs and experiences to share with you.) March - York, Harrogate & Knaresborough  My first trip out of Scotland this year took me across the border to England for a few days. I ... [ Read More ]

Books June – December 2014

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Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? Books are still a popular choice. Here is a round-up of all the books I have read over the last few months.  Me before you- Jo Jo Moyes Me before You is a beautiful story, but it is not a romance so the cover of the book is extremely misleading. Me Before You is the story of Will a quadriplegic man who had everything and lost it all in the blink of an eye after an accident. Louisa is hired to help care for and be a companion for wheelchair bound ... [ Read More ]

Christmas in Edinburgh

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  I recently took a day trip to Edinburgh to visit the Christmas Markets. The Christmas Markets are one of the highlights of the winter season in Scotland, a spectacular six week season of festive entertainment featuring a packed calendar of events, attractions and festive markets. For the past 20 years in the heart of Edinburgh, the popular European Christmas Market has been held in its picturesque setting below the Mound, featuring a variety of crafts, gift shops, food and drink there ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Yogurt Cheese

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Ever tried to make your own soft cheese? No me either! Feeling inspired while reading about cheese making in one of my many Pioneer books I thought I would give it a try. Strained yogurt, yogurt cheese, labneh, or Greek yogurt is yogurt which has been strained to remove its whey, resulting in a relatively thick consistency, while preserving yogurt's distinctive, sour taste. Yoghurt strained through muslin is a traditional food in many countries and it is regularly enjoyed throughout the Middle ... [ Read More ]

Halloween

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Happy Halloween from Scotland The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (summer's end). The Celtic year was determined by the growing seasons and Samhain marked the end of summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the dark cold winter. The festival symbolised the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead. In the 9th century, the Roman Catholic Church shifted the date of All Saints' Day to the 1st of November, while the ... [ Read More ]

Slow Cooker Sausage and Bean Stew

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Winter traditionally heralds a rise in slow cooker sales, on a cold and dark winter's evening there is surely nothing better than coming home from a hard day's work to find a bubbling stew or creamy casserole sitting ready to eat on the kitchen table. Slow cookers are cheap to buy, economical to use and they're great for making the most of budget ingredients. They offer a healthier, low-fat method of cooking and require the minimum amount of effort.  Low-energy – slow cookers only use the same ... [ Read More ]