In the spirit of trying new things – I recently headed to the beautiful The Tartan Blanket Co. HQ for an evening workshop. In the company of my wonderful friend Jo (and furnished with a large glass of red wine) we settled down to receive an introduction to Modern Calligraphy. Hosed by Rachael and Cara of Paper Parade – we were soon learning about the different types of inks and pens available, exactly how we should be holding our pens, and the trick to getting thick and thin lines with a dip nib. As opposed to a traditional font –… View Post

Since 2004, the phenomenon that is ‘parkrun’ has been spreading across the country: volunteer-led, free-for-all 5K runs, every week, on a Saturday morning. Edinburgh of course, is no exception. In fact there are now two Edinburgh parkruns – the original at Cramond and a newer one in Portobello. Although my attendance could be a little better (particularly through the winter months), I’m a huge fan so thought I’d share my reasons why: 1. “Parkrun is not a race – it’s a run.” Although I like the challenge of beating my ‘personal best’ sometimes I just go out and plod round… View Post

Are you approaching a ‘big’ birthday? Or have you, like me, found that all of them seem ‘big’? I’m often surprised actually how old I am and really have to think when people ask! I’m in that faze where I just try to ignore the passing years but I do wonder if that’s a mistake. With the kids, their birthdays are big celebrations as we reflect on what they’ve achieved in that year. We see how far they have developed and grown – not just in size – but as people too. Why do we stop doing that? So today,… View Post

Last May, my beautiful friend Jen shared the story of how her son Finlay died suddenly from Meningitis. Since then, Jen (and a team of supporters) have worked to found Finlay’s Friends in memory of the kindest he always showed to others. They aim to support other families who experience similar situations to Finlay’s family, by providing support when it is needed most. You never can prepare to be in a situation like that, so Finlay’s Friends provides Comfort Kits to families of seriously ill children admitted to hospital in an emergency. As well as additional support including useful information for… View Post

In early December, I was lucky enough to attend the Tattinger Champagne Tasting at The Pantry Colinton. We were treated to not only an evening of fabulous food perfectly paired with various champagnes, but also received an education from Mark O’Bryen, Master of Wine for Tattinger. It was also a brilliant opportunity to catch up with Caroline and discuss what we’d like to write about on the blog this year – and what better way to do that than over champagne! Charlotte welcomed us to The Pantry Colinton, ensuring everyone had a glass of Tattinger Non-Vintage Brut in hand before… View Post