Aurora hunting, vegan treats, and made in Scotland

We went aurora hunting last night because every newspaper said we’d see a magnificent light show when a solar storm arrived, supposedly sometime between 6pm and 9pm. But it turned out to be a non-event because there was no aurora. We drove to Dunnottar Castle thinking it would be a good spot because it’s away from the city and there are no lights there plus it’s right beside the sea. We weren’t the only ones to have this idea. The Dunnottar carpark at 8:30pm last night was a hive of activity and there were dozens of people standing on the freezing cold cliffs overlooking the north sea, in the dark, waiting for the show …. which never happened.

Daniel and I went into town today to get a few things and we had morning tea at Bonobo Cafe. It’s Aberdeen’s only 100% vegan cafe and it’s also a workers cooperative. I’m not exactly sure how that works but all the staff there are amazing and told me how much they love working there. It’s also incredibly busy and the space is too small for the number of customers who want to eat there. Each time I’ve been they’ve had to turn people away. It just shows how much money there is to be made in vegan food. Daniel and I each had a rhubarb crumble which was amazing. It came with a vegan cream made from coconut milk.

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They have a garden out the back where they grow their own herbs and veggies.

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Afterwards we went into Teasel & Tweed which is a gorgeous shop full of 100% made in Scotland stuff. I could spend hours in there looking at all the original and inspiring products, made by artists and craftspeople in Scotland. Teasel & Tweed is at 85 Rosemount Viaduct. If you’re in Aberdeen I recommend this shop!

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