Just One Day

I have a lot to be grateful for. I had an amazing education and am still just about managing to continue with a Masters degree. I have an amazing husband, daughter, and friends around me (although never as much as I’d like). I have food in my belly and a roof over my head (albeit…

My Promise to the People of Scotland

I am a British woman with very little power. I am a British woman with one vote and only my life to give. I am a British woman with a faith in God and a love of Scotland, and so I promise to the people of Scotland the following: I promise not to forget you…

Sandy Baby: Easter & Eating

Day 4. Easter morning had very little to do with restaurants or a café, but still had a lot to do with food – especially with three lots of family in the vicinity. First though, came the St Andrews Sunrise Service, a tradition in this beautiful little town where people walk to St Mary on the Rocks (the…

Lullaby: Beautiful Options

It is remarkably instinctive to talk and (attempt to) sing to your child. However, it is also unfortunate that when you are finally in the position of needing to get your child to sleep it is likely that your sleep-deprived mind can barely remember how to string sentences together, nevermind what lyrics go with which…

What Am I? English, Scottish, Welsh, British, nothing at all.

This year I have actually gotten far more attached to Rugby, the sport, not the place, and watched the games with far more passion than I expected. There were a few issues with this though, the big one being that I don’t really know the rules. The other issue is my loyalty. The 6 Nations…

Life Is Short

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the last year is that life is short. Sometimes it sucks. Sometimes it takes your breath away. No matter which it is, or neither, everything disappears into the past remarkably quickly. Funny example number 1 (I saw this on Facebook this morning): I know it’s a silly example…

Chef & Brewer Mark 2: The Garden House

After our love of The Bell Tree, I wasn’t sure if another Chef & Brewer would add up to our expectations. However, when I noticed The Garden House on the way home one day we had to at least give it a visit.

How To Play: A Jobseekers Experience (Guest Post)

Being unemployed has meant that I have willingly undertaken a number of new hobbies, namely watching the Olympics and baiting cold callers (recently I spent 20 minutes convincing “Steve Smith” based in “Telford”, though I’m guessing Telford is now a town in India, that my Gas was supplied by British Telecom. He refused to believe…

A Warm Embrace: Coming Back to The Bell Tree, Broughty Ferry

Arriving back in Dundee and requiring food with bare cupboards gave us one primary idea: to head back to a place we loved. Bear & I had discovered this particular eatery on a whim when wanting something nice for lunch. It became a keen favourite for a number of reasons. I decided that I would…

Short-term Pain, Long-term Reward!

The next month is full of hard work. Whether it’s working to earn a few extra pennies, or job searches despite the current economic state, or packing up our life together so far and moving everything down to Birmingham. It’s all just a lot of work. And it’s daunting me. We kept every cardboard box…