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Archive for July, 2007

   I’m off on holiday tomorrow.  First stop Karlstad, Sweden then onto Turku, Finland with a quick stop in my beloved Stockholm enroute.  It’s always exhilarating to go overseas but this trip is extra exciting as I get to spend lots of time with some very good friends who I haven’t seen in a long time.  [...]

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   Despite having more than two weeks of my summer holidays left, last night I lay awake for hours planning lessons in my head.  It wasn’t intentional.  Indeed, I tried very hard to switch off and drift into oblivion, but I simply couldn’t stop thinking about how much there was to do in the coming term and [...]

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Edinburgh Therapy

Edinburgh is adored by almost all who visit it.  It’s an elegant, exciting, young city with lots of nooks and crannies to explore, and yet up until quite recently, I did not care for the city at all.  I felt it pretentious and without heart, much preferring the grittier, friendlier shopper’s paradise that is Glasgow.  This [...]

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Saag Aloo

   A quick post tonight.  Though I usually relish time alone to cook and read and dig and cycle and generally potter, this week I am not enjoying my solitude at all.  Still got the Rosie blues, I think!  Rather than brood, I’m buggering off to visit friends in Edinburgh for a few days.   Looking [...]

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I’m miserable.  Rosie left this afternoon and D’s still in New Zealand.  The house feels dead.  I’m not a happy bunny at all.   Serious blues call for serious comfort food (and, of course, wine) and comfort food to me is risotto.  There is something very soothing about both the risotto making process and the creamy, oozing result.  [...]

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Mystery Vegetable

A loud weekend.  Niece, nephew, puppy and parents in the house.  After a week with just the two of us, Rosie and I are wondering where our tranquil oasis has gone!  Obviously, the invasion does not leave me much time to write.  I do have something I want to ask though.  Last weekend when I was visiting [...]

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   After a tiring morning of chewing fallen crab-apples and chasing fuzzy bees around the lawn, an exhausted Rosie (puppy) climbed up onto my lap as I sat on the garden bench and fell asleep in my arms, cradled like a baby.  She looked so beautifully serene and felt so wonderfully soft all I could [...]

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   As much as I love winter with it’s snow and ice and woolly hats and numb toes, I have never got into winter sports.  D, with the patience of a saint, has tried to teach me to snowboard three times now.  Each time on Cairngorm mountain I thoroughly enjoy the morning of sliding and [...]

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Courgettes R Us

  Rosie and I have spent the morning in the garden getting the soil ready for some more planting.  I used the hoe, Rosie used her paws.  All the while next door’s tortoise-shell cat sat on top of the high wooden fence giving me the evil eye  as she seethed over my blatant favouritism: So when [...]

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Peas, Rosie, and Me

Arrived home early this afternoon after a highly uncomfortable journey from Aberdeenshire to Inverness.  The reason for my discomfort was not the twisty, slow A96, nor was it bad weather, nor illness, nor traffic, nor any other problem one might expect from a car trip: it was the constant forlorn looks I was getting from the homesick [...]

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