Three things I love about my city

glasgow-3Glasgow is a magical city. Not only is it beautiful but the people make it truly wonderful.

Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games and it’s slogan was “people make Glasgow”. How true this great saying is. The people of Glasgow are warm, proud and like to laugh at themselves. In times of struggle Glaswegians show their true spirit- united in strength and heart.

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IMAG1773IMAG17801382980_588902747833339_2761121_nThe name Glasgow means “dear green place”. The city is lucky to boast a variety of parks, gardens and green spaces that are beautiful to enjoy throughout the year. However, the wild spaces in Glasgow are my utmost favourite. The Secrete Gardens, The Children’s Garden and The Kelvinside Meadow are all special spaces where the Glasgow community have let the land be free with a little love and encouragement. These green free spaces are there to be enjoyed, where locals can grew vegetables, flowers can be picked, outside playgroups can meet, dens can be made, and people can enjoy a little bit of the “Good Life” in the city.

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Glasgow is such a wonderful, vibrant place. I feel so fortunate to have lived in city so full of life and I encourage you to come visit our dear green place if ever you can.

IMAG1535(This post was an entry in the ‘tale of three cities’ competition ran by Accor hotels. Good luck if you decide to enter too! Fingers crossed!)

 

 

 

 

Siblings in January

As always I’m late for the show but I wanted to hook up with Dear Beautiful and mammasaurus  for this month’s siblings.

These two were pretending to be rabbits hiding from a hungry Mummy fox in their play tent. I love how much fun they have together now that Arthur is older (at the grand old age of 21 months). I’m sure whatever they are doing is causing mischief but I love hearing them laugh together. It’s a deep hearty laugh that brings a smile to anyone who hears it.

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this moment

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{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Give us our daily bread

IMG_9389(please excuse my pitiful attempt at wit!)

I’ve had my bread machine for a couple of years now. My darling great aunt bought it for us because she felt going to the shops to buy bread was too much to expect of a busy young family (I love her logic).  This machine makes jam, bakes cake, prepares pizza dough, makes a pretty great loaf and irons your clothes. OK, it sadly doesn’t iron but if it did I’d be overjoyed!

I have a few fail safe recipes that I use regularly but I think my garlic bread is the best. I use it for pizza dough, bread sticks to accompany pasta or for bread rolls. It is totally yum!

So set your machine to the dough setting and add in this order

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water 
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons grated parmesan or cheddar cheese (I normally add more but this is a good guide)
2 tablespoons sugar
3 to 4 cloves of minced garlic (go with how much you like)
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
3 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Once your dough is ready put it on a floured surface and cut into rough slices, about an inch wide and as long as you want. Put them on an oven pan and leave to rise for 15 mins (you can skip this step if you want).

Bake in the oven for around 20 mins then while still hot brush with melted butter.

It makes around 15-20 but we ate most of them before I took any pictures. These bread sticks are in a serving bowl so thy look smaller than they were.

IMG_9474 IMG_9475 IMG_9477 IMG_9478My great aunt was right. Sometimes it’s too much to expect a young family to venture out in the snow to buy bread when we can make great garlic bread at home. Besides, it’s much more fun making it.

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Beating blue Monday

_MG_9509Today is known as “blue Monday”. It’s described as the most depressing day of the year- Christmas is over, all your money is spent, it’s still dark and cold outside, and all friendly folk are hibernating under their duvet instead of socialising.

Thankfully this year I didn’t feel very gloomy on blue Monday but I did get some bad news from an old friend and it did bring back some old anxieties. So today I felt two long walks were needed. The first one with my sweet inquisitive boy and the other with the whole family. There is nothing like a walk along the beach to blow away unsettled feelings!

_MG_9679 _MG_9680 _MG_9731 IMG_9670 IMG_9692 IMG_9703IMG_9536_MG_9554_MG_9641_MG_9622And even in these “blue” days signs of life peep out from under the soil. These are small reminders that better days are ahead with more life and sunshine to come. Or that’s what I like to tell myself.IMG_9526