John has spent the week recovering from looking after his two Nephews and Niece for a long weekend.
With trips to the Zoo, Museum of Scotland and the Air Museum it was certainly an educational weekend, not just for the children. Uncle John learned that there is indeed a link between hyperactive children and sweets, cats definitely don’t like being played with by a three year old and children are, what shall we say, walking incubators for any bug going.
After a hectic four days, the kids were eventually packed off back home. With the dust just now beginning to settle on his trashed flat John is still trying to catch up on lost sleep and get over his stomach bug and fever that they so kindly left him as a farewell gift. Kids, dont you just love them.
John recommends Edinburgh Zoo.
Emma like so many others, has taken great pleasure in this summer’s heatwave. She has become all too familiar with being able to wear clothes that, on any other year, probably wouldn’t have seen the light of day, never mind 30 degrees of sunshine! She’s never been one of those ‘organised’ types who pack away so called ‘seasonal’ clothing, certain that it won’t be required at a particular time of year – hence her bulging wardrobe. A suitcase, stuffed full of winter woolies, stored with all good intentions in the Irvine attic, would most likely be uncovered during some sort of future archaeological dig, piecing together the strange habits of 21st Century Humans! However, where, in Scotland, donning a winter coat in July is very much a possibility – errm a bikini in December is a definite no no, unless she is lucky enough to be whisked away to warmer climes. Mmmm Maybe she needs to dig out that suitcase after all!
Emma recommends rainbow ‘slaw.
Steven enjoyed a sedate trip up to Ballater last weekend. Can a motorbike ride be sedate? Yes it can! The mean biker and his grizzley gang, moseyed on up the M90, pootled through Perth and stopped off in Blairgowrie to purchase steaks and wine. A pleasant meander through the Cairngorms followed, as the trickling trio made their way to Royal Deeside. Just before Braemar, the gang spotted some scooterists and turned back to give them a damn good hiding, er no, to share cooking tips and best wishes for a delightful holiday. With a cheery fair well, the bikers made their way onward to Ballater, where the delightful Habitat bunkhouse greeted them. With the bikes safely tucked away in the garage, the trio opened a bottle of red and set about preparing a dinner of succulent fillet steak in a blue cheese sauce, with oven chips and salad. Suitably satiated, they headed for the local bars, where they showed the old geezers how to play pool and darts properly. A charming weekend of which the best bit was saved ’till last. Steven enjoyed a fabulous ride home with no rain and clear skies. Now that’s living! Sedately.
Steven recommends Sons of Anarchy
An instant hit in her house, Emma can’t recommend this tasty colourful coleslaw recipe enough – both for taste and looks! A lack of maple syrup in the cupboard meant that honey was successfully used as a sub and garlic powder? … she ignored that. The addition of the beetroot that had taken up residence at the bottom of her fridge, along with some other salad debris and hey presto … Rainbow Slaw with Sweet Tahini Dressing Emma Style!