Tag: Hogmanay

  • Elizabeth’s 13th birthday and a Hogmanay ceilidh

    Elizabeth’s 13th birthday and a Hogmanay ceilidh

    Welcome 2023 and happy hogmanay! Yesterday was a crazily busy day. It started early with cake-baking for Elizabeth’s birthday. She turned 13 and I finally got to hand over the ant colony which is thankfully still alive. She is still pondering a name for the Queen and her empire. I made a chocolate cake which […]

  • Hogmanay and Elizabeth’s 12th birthday

    Hogmanay and Elizabeth’s 12th birthday

    It’s Hogmanay and Elizabeth’s birthday today. The years tick by and although there are big global events – like the pandemic – we still go through all the same motions each year. Elizabeth is 12 and had a lovely celebration at home with two of her school friends. Elizabeth was such a cute little baby. […]

  • A happy birthday, happy Hogmanay, and Dinner for One

    A happy birthday, happy Hogmanay, and Dinner for One

    If you’re looking for something funny to watch this New Year’s Eve then might I suggest this 15-minute British comedy sketch filmed in 1963 which will have you laughing out loud. It’s played annually on New Year’s Eve in many European countries and is widely known throughout northern Europe except, oddly, in the UK where […]

  • Goodbye tens, hello twenties

    Goodbye tens, hello twenties

    It’s the end of a decade today, depending on how you count. Ben tells me the twenties don’t officially begin until 2021 but he’s a mathematician and mathematicians start counting from one. Whereas my background is computer science and in computer science, we begin counting from zero, so I’m going with the twenties beginning tomorrow. […]

  • Happy Hogmanay!

    Hogmanay is the Scottish word for the last day of the year which is today and it also happens to be Elizabeth’s birthday. This year we went to the Pantomime. I’ve never been before but I’d heard good things about it.  It was superb and exceeded all my expectations. We saw Dick McWhittington,  the Scottish […]