Rocket update and letting the “weeds” grow

Rocket eating

I'm getting slack with my blog posts as it has been a while since I last posted anything. We haven't been doing as many things on our weekends as Daniel has had exams and hasn't wanted to go anywhere. There's less to share when we're not out doing interesting things. But that's about to change,… Continue reading Rocket update and letting the “weeds” grow

Elephant Sessions

We saw Elephant Sessions live at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen last night. It was excellent! Elephant Sessions is a Scottish indie-folk band and I would describe their music as a mix between folk and dance music. It's entirely instrumental with Euan Smillie on the violin, Alasdair Taylor on the mandolin, Seth Tinsley on bass,… Continue reading Elephant Sessions

Coronation of King Charles III May 6 2023

I made scones for the coronation today. These are vegan, salt-free, and scrumptious. I watched most of the coronation while I was knitting. It's fascinating to see people who are not actors do and say things that would be more fitting in a historical TV drama series. The British are very good at retaining customs… Continue reading Coronation of King Charles III May 6 2023

Home-grown and a Rocket update

Home-grown radishes

This is my lunch most days. It consists of my home-made sourdough which I bake several times a week now. As well as avocado, beetroot, tofu and today I have home-grown radish and rocket. Not much grows at this time of year but radishes and salad greens do. I've also had a constant supply of… Continue reading Home-grown and a Rocket update

A beautiful wedding

The four of us beside the River Dee

We went to a friend's wedding yesterday and it was marvellous. Weddings are wonderful things. What's not to like about food, wine, dancing, and funny speeches? But weddings in Scotland are even better because they have ceilidhs. The ceremony was in the winter gardens at Duthie Park which was perfect. Aberdeen put on a beautiful… Continue reading A beautiful wedding

Fettercairn Distillery

Washbacks at Fettercairn distillery

Earlier in the week we visited Fettercairn distillery which is in the loveliest of little villages, Fettercairn. Fettercairn has a general store, a cafè, a dress shop which was incredibly busy when I went in - it seems people travel from all over to visit it - and of course the distillery. The village has… Continue reading Fettercairn Distillery

Photos of Glen Esk, Fettercairn, and Fasque House

This is a collection of photos of Edzell and surrounds from the past two days. This is the gorge in the River North Esk looking downstream towards Gannochy Bridge. Incidentally we think we've been pronouncing Gannochy incorrectly. It's not like the potato pasta - ga-nocchi - but more like the thing you blow your nose… Continue reading Photos of Glen Esk, Fettercairn, and Fasque House

Angus for a holiday and Rocket relaunched

Gannochy bridge over the River North Esk.

We've come to Angus for a holiday that is three years overdue. We booked it originally for April 2020 but covid cancelled it so the holiday was rescheduled for 2021. Covid cancelled that too and it got rescheduled for 2022 but I made the mistake of booking a time that did not coincide with school… Continue reading Angus for a holiday and Rocket relaunched

Protest at NZ High Commission in London

Since the voices of Iranian New Zealand women were suppressed through violence and intimidation in Auckland on the 25th March 2023, I thought I would share a link to a live stream outside the Iranian New Zealand High Commission in London, filmed yesterday, where British women give them a voice. You can watch it here… Continue reading Protest at NZ High Commission in London

I may not agree with you but I defend your right to say it

Cartoon of suffragette bound and unable to speak

At the Let Women Speak event in Auckland on Saturday 25th March 2023 women were denied the opportunity to speak by a violent and intimidating group of protestors. You have to wonder what ordinary NZ women want to say that would trigger this rage. We don't know because they weren't given the opportunity to speak.… Continue reading I may not agree with you but I defend your right to say it

Aurora in Aberdeen finally and World Athletics bans

Aurora in Aberdeen with pale shades of pink and green

We saw our very first aurora last night and in Aberdeen too. Cities aren't usually good places to see it because of the light pollution. My photo of it is a bit pathetic but I was still pretty chuffed to finally get to see it. I dragged everyone out of the house at 9:30pm and… Continue reading Aurora in Aberdeen finally and World Athletics bans