Ballintaggart Cook School

Perthshire’s latest foodie destination. Ballintaggart Farm is a new venture set up by the couple behind the fabulous Edinburgh supper club, Charlie and Evelyn’s table, Chris and Rachel Rowley. Aiming to provide gourmet catering and aspirational, user-friendly cookery courses and workshops. I felt very spoilt to receive an invitation to attend a course here last […]

Turner Prize 2015

The 2015 Turner Prize is being hosted at Tramway, Glasgow – it is the first time the exhibition has been held in Scotland – long overdue. Lovely to be invited to the opening. Doug and I were truly spoilt as we were able to stay at the gorgeous CitzenM Hotel, right beside the Art school, […]

Chelsea Flower Show

Thrilled to be invited to Chelsea Flower Show on Monday – Press Day, before it opened to the public – before the queen even! Amazing – there was hardly anyone there – I could actually see the plants – it was incredible. I realised a couple of days beforehand that I was going on my […]

My Support Network

When I was a mother of small children I went to lots of ‘Mother and Toddler’ groups. I would not say ‘I learnt how to parent’ at these groups, but I certainly learnt a lot about parenting and small children. Now I run a small business, I have found myself attending business groups with similar […]

The Geffrye Museum

Delighted to have a guest post this week from one of my oldest friends and my long time work mentor, journalist Sue Gray. She recently visited the Geffrye Museum of the Home and was telling me about it and I thought ‘Why have I never been to this place? Why have I never even heard […]

A Spoonful of Vintage

Had a wonderful Saturday – The Vintage Vendors opened their doors in St Stephen’s Church in Stockbridge…had a great time…tea, cake and vintage knick knacks… …wonderful atmosphere! Seriously considered buying this beautiful painting from Swedish vendor Bra Bohag A fishing scene set in the South of Sweden…exactly where Wallander is filmed… Douglas did buy me […]

The Sea

Ridiculously exciting weekend…The film adaptation of the John Banville, Booker prize winning novel, ‘The Sea’, directed by my cousin’s husband, Stephen Brown, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival – on my Birthday! Steve being interviewed just before the screening Coffee and cake, followed by this truly sumptuous, movie screening, filmed in Ireland, starring Ciaran Hinds, […]

Happy, Happy, Happy 2013

Xmas disasters in our house included our TV blowing 5 minutes before the start of the final episode of Homeland….YES 5 Minutes…and NO it is NOT just as good the next day on 4OD…especially if you live in a small village and your broadband speed is about as reliable as the local bus. A few […]

London Design Festival

Made it – just…! So looking forward to this, I had envisioned a wonderfully sophisticated, relaxing ‘jolly’…a little bit of work mixed in with catching up with family and old school friends in Design-drenched London. Train tickets were booked, but discussing my plans with Doug over breakfast, he pointed out that travelling into Edinburgh from […]

Limos, Leis and Keepsake Boxes

It is the end of term here in Scotland…the start of summer (??!!) Our daughter left primary school today in a blaze of celebrations that seemed to go on all week. Limos picked them all up for a whizz around the coast one day… The PTA threw a ‘Hawaiian style party’ for the leavers that […]

London Barmitzvah

Back from London and fab time had by all. The Barmitzvah was wonderful, complete with Israeli dancing, exquisite food, professional disco dancers, brilliant speeches, by the whole family. Many, many thanks to my cousin Gaby and her husband Steve, brilliant hosts as ever, for a really memorable evening for all of us. Speeches Steve translating […]

Swimming

A must-not-miss event in the Gullane year is the Gullane Beach Triathlon… When we first moved here we wandered down to the beach one sunny evening and could see lots of fuss going on…curious, we asked someone who looked vaguely official and he explained that they were preparing for a triathlon the next morning…We raced […]

Wedding anniversary

16 years ago this week! And no, haven’t been busy celebrating, have actually had a slight cold… I look a bit tense here….think I was not sure if Doug knew ‘whether’ to sign or ‘where’ to sign??!! Hooray! He signed!! Thank goodness – if he hadn’t there wouldn’t have been a Her Indoors!!