Burn’s night supper

Robert Burns is a Scottish poet and writer of the 18th century who is now widely regarded as Scotland’s national poet. On his birthday on the 25 January, people worldwide, but especially in Scotland, honor him with a “Burns supper”. This holiday is more widely observed in Scotland than the actual national day.

1.8 kg of haggis coming out of the oven.
A traditional haggis is a flavourful mix of oatmeal, minced sheep’s intestines, and spices, stuffed into a sheep’s stomach.


Traditionally, the haggis is served with “neeps and tatties”, swede and potato mash. We had two pots of mash, a huge tray of roast veggies, gravy, fried onion rings, and cranberry sauce (making this an opportunity to clean out some Xmas dinner leftovers from the freezer).

The table is waiting for the haggis! (Two veggie haggises already in the picture).

No Burns supper is real without Robert Burns’ famous poem “Address to a Haggis” – which gave the haggis its fame and position as Scotland’s national dish.

The haggis is carried in to the sound of bagpipes (in this case conveniently streamed from youtube), presented on the table, and then addressed, and cut.

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o need,
While thro your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!

Fair and full is your honest, jolly face,
Great chieftain of the sausage race!
Above them all you take your place,
Stomach, tripe, or intestines:
Well are you worthy of a grace
As long as my arm.

The groaning trencher there you fill,
Your buttocks like a distant hill,
Your pin would help to mend a mill
In time of need,
While through your pores the dews distill
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour wipe,
And cut you up with ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like any ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm steaming, rich!

(Full poem and translation here)

Then the haggis is toasted with whisky (Stef in the center is holding a quaich – a traditional Scottish whisky cup), and then the supper begins.

Fun fact: In 2009, STV ran a television series and public vote on who was “The Greatest Scot” of all time. Robert Burns won, narrowly beating William Wallace. (from Wikipedia)

Also, miraculously, there were enough leftovers from the Christmas dinner to have another “Feuerzangenbowle” – flaming punch. Our very own beloved pyromaniac Christoph at work.

Traditionally, the supper ends with joined hands and the singing of Auld Lang Syne (or so I’m told), but maybe we’ll rehearse that for next year.

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Snowfully wedded

So, yeah… how do you lead up to a post like this? We got married.

I know, not much of an introduction, but hey, we can work from here.

Tref and me have been together for almost six years now. It seems both like a long and a very short time… anyways, as many of you know by now, we are moving to the States this spring. And as many of you also guessed, in order for me to be able to get a visum, the most logical thing was to get married.

This job thing happened quite quickly, and so the whole marriage thing also had to happen fast. So we decided: We didn’t want to make it more stressful than it already was (there was a a LOT of paperwork to get done for me – next to all the visa and moving stuff!). We didn’t want to make a big thing of it. We both agreed that a paper with signatures does not mean a whole lot for our love and that for us, it was way more important to celebrate a marriage pledge with friends and family and a big party when it came to a more spiritual way of doing it.

So, we decided to treat this civil marriage as a sort of engagement.

Trev still did propose very formally, with a ring and whatnot – which was totally unexpected for me, but very sweet! He did it because he felt like it was all not romantic enough for me and I deserved a bit more of a fairytale flair. Isn’t he the best?!

We were all having a fondue, crowding into a friend’s kitchen, when he popped the question. I was flabberghasted! It was so weird, and funny, and perfect at the same time. It felt very right that all our friends where there, and that the circle was closed when all those people shared our wedding day with us.


Tref got my ring custom made with his own design. It’s a silver ring with rose gold leaves and a sun stone in it. I feel like an elvish princess wearing it. I had never heard about sunstones a lot, but when I did some research it seemed like this stone and me were just made for each other.

We told everybody that this thing would “not be our real wedding”. We are planning on organising a nice big party with family and friends sometime next year maybe, when we have more time to get into things. But of course, our friends and family got super excited about it all, and we did get a lot of presents and cards… which were awesome btw, thank you all so much!

Anywaaaayys… so we got a date, and our usual pack of friends showed up to keep us company. We didn’t have any music or personal vows or such, so the ceremony itself was really quick and simple. But we did add a little personal touch that also made things quite fun.

Trevor really wanted his oldest friend Pinkerton the stuffed elephant to be present at the wedding. So we decided to bring Teddy along, too. Our favourite stuffed toys had front row seats in the ceremony, and Pinkerton guarded the ring box.

I really didn’t want to get married with “boring” hair, so after a looongg time of having it natural in order to be a serious nanny and yoga teacher, I went and dyed it pink, purple and blue. I love it and I’m not going to go back to brown anytime soon! I only realised how much I missed having colourful hair when I got it back. I feel so much more myself again!

We didn’t want to get rings for the ceremony, as Trev had only just got me one for his proposal. But we still thought exchanging rings would be nice.

So we got a couple of gummi rings for the vows. I remember they always seemed like real rings when we were kids, but now they are actually quite tiny… luckily they stretch!
They are also very sticky though!



Our registrar was really laid back and went with all of our freakyness – she even used my nickname for the non-formal parts of the ceremony, which was a huge relief for me.

I would actually never have thought that getting married is that much fun! With all the signing (with a fancy pen), and staging pictures where we pretended to sign the form, we felt like politicians! So we needed a solemn handshake in the end:


My dress is in two parts: The purple dress is a tube shoulder free dress with ruffles underneath. I added a petticoat for extra fluff and a blue corset. My friend Vero had to tie me into it beforehand. It’s great because it made sure my posture was flawless! I hadn’t really planned on getting a special dress, but then I thought I kinda deserved one, and I went dress shopping last week. I’m not a great shopper, but I was lucky to find this combo and I’m super happy with it!


After all the picture taking we ate the rings. Yumm!


After the ceremony (it was in the afternoon) we went for a beer, then all went back home and got changed into our outdoor clothes. As we left the registrar’s office, it started to snow like crazy! It doesn’t snow very often in Glasgow, but the whole city was white within minutes.

It took hours to get out of the city, get groceries, and decide if it was safe to proceed with our plan.

We went out to our lovely hut once more, but this time getting there was a bit more of a stretch. We had to leave two of the three cars about 6k from the hut. Geoff, who’s hut custodian and is allowed to drive all the way up – and also happened to have snow socks – chauffeured all the heavy stuff up to the bothy, while the rest of us went by foot.

It was about 2am when we finally arrived. I think we all slept very well that night.

But if anyone had doubted it, a wonderfully sunny next morning showed that it had all been worth the effort:




We tried to go for a walk but didn’t really get anywhere because we stopped and played in the snow at every corner.




It was cosy – very cosy! – in the bothy with 10 people crowding into the tiny space most of the time. But we all love each other dearly, so there wasn’t really a problem, and we were all super sad to leave on Sunday.

I certainly did not have high expectations of this event, and both the ceremony and the weekend could not have been more special and beautiful. It felt like everything that happened was just perfect and special and a bit quirky and fun.

What a great start to a new adventure!

Pictures: All engagement pictures are by Stefan Glatzel.
Wedding and weekend pictures by Geoff Cooper.

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2015 – What’s the word?

We’ve been spending lovely holidays in Switzlerand, staying with my family. It was great to arrive here and have a room waiting, nothing to worry about, and just sit around and get used to relaxing. We didn’t do much else, especially during the first week, than read, play, and sleep all day. We really needed to charge very depleted batteries.


Last year has been a tough one, although when we now talk about it, we both agree that it taught us a lot.

Thinking back to the beginning of last year, we were both already feeling a bit beaten up by a challenging month of December, and I really didn’t feel like making a lot of high-flying plans and resolutions for 2014. Somehow, there was a foreboding of struggles and hard times, and all my instincts told me to just curl up and preserve energy for the things to come.

But this time it was different. After winding down for a few days I did get super duper excited to make my goal list for 2015. I started with brainstorming, then organising the different wishes and dreams into categories, and breaking them down into realistic goals.

I usually choose a “word for the year …” at the very beginning of this process, but somehow, this time, I didn’t. I guess I kinda knew all along what it would be though.

My word for 2015 is trust.

2014 has been all about living on the edge of my comfort zone and energy levels. Being pushed by circumstances and pushing myself time and again. Therefore, naturally, it has also been a year of immense growth and learning.

Now I feel like it is time to deepen the lessons that I have been gifted with. One big thing that I learned is that I am much, much stronger than I think. The one thing I felt has depleted me of a lot of useless energy over the year was worrying too much and being too attached to things happening in a certain way.

That’s why I feel like I need to make trust a priority in this coming year.


Trust in myself. Trusting myself with tasks and dreams that I have to date not been confident enough to even voice to this world. I am strong enough. I am good enough. I am worthy of my dreams. I can trust myself with the task of growing a little bit towards my true self every day.

I also want to trust in the world. People who know me would probably say that I am already doing that. It’s true I generally believe very much in the good in people and the world. I do believe that life is for us, not against us. But still, in daily life I tend to worry a lot, and imagine bad outcomes to things. It makes me want to try and plan and control everything, which is a huge energy guzzler, and not very beneficial to my wellbeing. So yes, I feel like there needs to be more trust in life and the world as well. Trust that even if something doesn’t quite go the way I’d imagined it, it can still be ok. And also knowing that if things get chaotic sometimes, or something gets forgotten, that doesn’t mean I failed at life.

I have a strong feeling like this year is going to be absolutely wonderful. There’s so many exciting things planned for the beginning already that there isn’t really any telling where we might end up by the end of it, but I am sure it will be awesome, I just know it!

Here’s to an abundant, blissful 2015 filled with joy, love, close hugs, late night talks, long walks, gasps of surprise, toe-wiggling, overflowing hearts, spontaneous adventures, good books, unexpected giggles, and never-ending self love!!

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My dear new friend

Welcome, my dear new friend! I hope your journey here was a good one. We have been waiting for you all night. Granted, we had some drinks and were busy talking about your older sibling. You know, it was quite the time with them. We also played games, and ate food, and so on. But really… we were just killing time. We were waiting for you.

As the hands of the clock moved twards midnight, we could hear your footsteps approaching. We poured drinks and got ready to welcome you. And as all the bells in the village started to ring, accompanying your appearance, we opened the doors wide for you, and toasted you welcome.

We embraced each other, grateful for the things we’d experienced together before you arrived, and excited for the things that are to come, the things that you, dear friend, would bring.

Welcome, dear 2015, welcome. We are all looking forward to a wonderful time together!

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Bye bye, dear 2014!


Thank you for…

… giggles and belly laughs
… awesome friends, old and new
… amazing landscapes
… special opportunities
… people who believe in me
… caring and supportive family, near and far
… and awesome home
… love and love and love

Please keep your…

… needless worries
… endless paperwork
… midges and other stingy beasties


Lessons I learned from you:

I am stronger than I think. Much!!

Dreams that you helped come true:

– Self employed work
– Start a garden
– Teach yoga
– Experiencing a nordic midsummer’s night


You changed me because…

… you threw me in the deep end
… I was courageous
… I opened myself to opportunities
… I have the best partner by my side
… I worked hard

I will always remember you as the year when…

… I became a yoga teacher
… I fell in love with Glasgow
… I learned to drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road
… I took some pretty big life decisions


You reminded me that I really need to work on…

…trusting in myself and life.

 

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My year in pictures

I like to take a little time to look back on the year before I concentrate on plans and dreams for the new one. I usually do this by looking through the pictures on my phone because I’m a visual person and I like to have something to look at.

I tried to choose one pictures for every month of 2014 to share a few of my adventures with you.

January was slow. We both reluctantly returned to our daily lives and strives after spending lovely Christmas holidays in London and the West Country. The highlight of this month was probably our Burn’s night party that we celebrated with a huge home made vegetarian haggis.

I also started a permaculture course that would not only reconnect me with a lot of outdoor and gardening work, but also bring so many new friends and tons of inspiration to my life.
In February, I started my yoga teacher training and for the next three months, my life would revolve around the mat, and the people in my training group. It was a very intense, but also hugely blissful and fruitful time!

We celebrated Imbolg, and I visited my family in Switzerland for a few days for my Dad’s birthday.

March saw the beginning of the gardening season. 2014 was the first year I had my own little allotment space. I really enjoyed working with earth and plants. I didn’t get a lot of yield from that first season in terms of produce, but I sure spent many blissful hours in that little space.

I started organising group rituals for full moon celebrations, something I’d always wanted to do but never really got around to. I didn’t have time and energy to do them regularly in the end, but the few that we held were very beautiful and encouraging.

We started back on outdoor adventures in March as well, starting with some Aurora hunting (no luck though), and getting our walking boots back out of the closet.
In April I started my own outdoor teaching business. I did a few events with my friends from Tir na nOg, and organised a couple of birthday parties. Then I teamed up with the fabulous people from Green Aspirations Scotland, helping them out with their birthday parties program. It was a wonderful opportunity to do more work outdoors and with kids again.

I also started an online chakra course, working intensively with each energy center in turn, and doing a lot of work with tarot cards.
On my birthday, I finished my yoga teacher course and got my diploma. It was one of the best presents I got. The other one was probably Tref organising a huge birthday feast and party for me.

We also went on a wonderful vacation at Center Parks where we spent a week just doing nothing but fun stuff like bowling, playing table tennis and squash, walking in the forest, and spending hours in the spa.

For Midsummer Night on the 21st June, we traveled up north and camped on a beach called the Singing Sands for two nights. We stayed up all night to watch the sun kiss the horizon and then come back up again, never letting the light fade. It was such an amazing experience!

We also did a lot more exploring and hiking, including a trip to the wallaby island on Loch Lomond, and I went back to Switzerland for a week to see a lot of old friends and soak up some sun and warmth.
In July we traveled to Oxford for a wedding of a friend, tried to observe Ramadan, did a lot of outdoor yoga, and more hiking and camping. It was a very outdoorsy month.

I also started teaching my own yoga class, and doing some outdoor yoga workshops and classes in the park and community centers. I bought lots of yoga mats, blankets and blocks. It was all very exciting.

My middle sister came to stay with us for a couple of months to take some time in between jobs and do an English course. It was great to catch up with her and show her around my new home.

More hiking once again. In August we spent a weekend in Argyll and I climbed my first Munro. I did a lot of outdoor birthday parties, helped out at a lovely festival, and started a part time job as a nanny.

I look after two lovely kids aged 3 and 5 for four afternoons a week. It was tough for me to settle into the role of a nanny, which is somewhere between a teacher and a parent, between a nursery worker and a friend, just not quite like anything I’d ever done before. But I sure am learning a lot and loving the experience.
My memories of September are full of friends and nights spent with a pint in hand and lovely people around me. My sister had to leave us and the flat became quiet again during the day.

I also said goodbye to my long hair – a change that was long overdue!

I started teaching another yoga class for staff at one of Glasgow’s hospitals. It was very stressful at the beginning, but taught me a good lesson in letting go of things you can’t change.

In October I carved a lot of pumpkin faces. Like, a lot. At least two every week. I got quite efficient with it at the end. We also wrapped up the outdoor season with a Halloween trip to the Highlands at the end of the month.

Trev and I did a climbing introduction course at the climbing center in Glasgow and started going climbing one or two times a week. Trev has done a lot of outdoor and cave climbing when he was younger, but I was never interested, until we did a hillwalk that had quite a lot of scrambling stretches in it, and I enjoyed it a lot. I’m so glad we started, or in his case, restarted, this hobby together.

In November I started teaching more yoga classes at a studio outside of Glasgow as a replacement teacher. I teach two classes that are quite a different style and focus from the ones I teach already, and it has given me so much precious experience. It also means that most of my weekday evenings are now taken up with teaching, which can be a bit stressful at times. But I love teaching yoga so much, I always feel very happy and energised after a class.

This picture above is from a birthday party where everyone dressed up in 20s style and it’s one of my favourite memories from this month.

We had a lot of guests that month and especially enjoyed Trev’s old school friends all coming for a visit.


And padaam! How the time flies! December came around soo quickly. But also, just in time. There were a lot of good and exciting things happening that year, but also, especially for Tref, it was a very tough year where we spent a lot of time just hanging on with the last of our energy and motivation, trying to get each other through down times and spending energy in turn keeping each other up. We were both very much looking forward to the holidays.

In the first three weeks of the month we had a lot of finishing up to do. Our forms for our visa applications finally came through a few days before the holidays, we sold our old car, and wrapped up a lot of other paper work. But we also enjoyed Christmas time. We wrote Christmas cards, wrapped up presents for our neighbours and friends, and Trev and Stef organised a huge traditional Christmas dinner for our group of friends.

Now we are spending two weeks in Switzerland with my family. We’re mainly hanging out, trying to get used to relaxing and not running around all day. And after calming down a little, we will be excited to start making plans for the new year which will bring a lot of changes for us and our little world.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year everyone!

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It’s the merry Christmas post!

This is just to say merry Christmas to everybody, and I hope you spend a wonderful time with whoever is important in your life.

My family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve. We have a big dinner, then sing some Christmas songs and open presents. We always love celebrating together.

This year, everybody contributed something to our dinner. My dad was responsible for potato salad and meat, my mum made greens, me and my little sister baked some apéro rolls, my other sister brought pickles and cupcakes, and Trev made a nutroast and an awesome yule log.


We added some ice cream and hot berries, for indulge points.

In the meantime, kitty indulged in sniffing the Christmas tree!



We decided not to do a lot of presents this year. We drew lots so each of us only had to give a present to one other person of the family. It was quite a fun experiment. We also put a limit on the money that could be spent for every present, and the money that we ‘saved’ by not buying presents for every other member of the family we’re going to donate to charity.


I cheated and still made a present for Trev, but only because I didn’t realise that would be cheating. This is the scarf that I made for him to replace a cashmere scarf he lost that his mum gave him and that he really liked. I thought it would be good for him to have a scarf that he can wear with more sophisticated outfits. It has a nice seed stitch and weaving pattern and is a lovely charcoal grey. It was amazing to work with the cashmere yarn, but since I didn’t have a lot of time for knitting in secret, I was in quite a hurry to finish the thing yesterday afternoon. I’m glad it came out ok.

Today we just enjoy hanging out, eating lots of leftovers, admiring our lovely Christmas tree and keeping cosy whilst it rains outside. Tomorrow we’ll visit more family and do more socialising, but today, we rest.

Have a lovely Christmas everyone!


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Let it be Christmas



I love Christmas. I try to avoid the whole consumer dash that comes with it these days, and I’m also not that big into cheesy decorations. But I love the fact that there is something to look forward to during the dark time of the year. I like to have the house all cosy and decorated, and the comfort of old family rituals.

My sister sent me our favourite christmas calendar this year, especially from Switzerland. It’s the one we’ve had every year for a few years now and I was so chuffed to have it here with me.

Even though I’m always looking forward to December, this year I’ve been slow in getting into the holiday mood. Our car broke down a few weeks ago and that was just the tip of the iceberg of a ton of organisational stuff that we have to think about at the moment. I’m quite seasonally sensitive and I don’t have a lot of energy to spare during winter. So having to take these life-defining decisions and then getting unforeseen complications on top of it has been quite challenging. 

I know I haven’t really talked about it much on here, but since I stopped blogging regularly, I’ve started a few new jobs. I finished my yoga teacher training in May. I’ve had so much fun starting to teach my yoga classes. I’m still learning of course, but I’m loving it. I would never have thought that yoga – and especially teaching yoga would turn into such a great passion for me.

I also work as a nanny four afternoons a week. I look after two kids aged 3 and 5. They are very sweet and I like spending time with them. But as always, it is also very demanding. It has been challenging and interesting to discover and grow into the role of a nanny, which is very different from that of a teacher or nursery carer. But I always feel that spending time with young humans allows me to grow together with them. And for that I am always grateful.

I have been teaching quite a lot of yoga lessons over the past few weeks. I teach two classes regularly. One of which is one that I organise myself, and that has – to my surprise and utter delight – grown a small core of regulars that show up almost every week. What a joy! The other class I teach is at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. It is a class I teach for the hospital staff and that is organised through the national health service, which I think is a really cool thing of them to do.



In addition to those two classes, I am helping out at a studio of a friend at the moment, teaching classes whilst she is on her maternity leave. It is very different to teach in a dedicated studio space, with background music, lovely scented candles, and luxurious props for every student.

Then there are one-off gigs, like worshops and taster classes at events, that I surpisingly get to do not too rarely either. These occasions are always a lot of fun because most people attend without a lot of expectations and are very open to try new things. At the same time, they are hard because I never know what to expect. Also, I’ve been lugging huge bags of yoga mats, blocks, blankets and other material around the Glasgow area, I like to say it’s the flying yoga teacher’s workout.

So yeah… I’ve had a lot on my plate recently. I’m beginning to feel… worn out. Stretched too thin over too many affairs. My notebook is a mess of lists and daily to-do’s and my diary is my closest friend. I’m feeling tense and worried most of the time, and I haven’t really been able to start feeling cosy and christmas-sy.

It’s been easygoing around our group of friends too – we only had a “Thanksgiving” dinner at the beginning of December! It was amazing. Andy’s sister shot a duck and two pheasants and Tref and I said because she’d shot them herself and they were wild living animals we would see nothing wrong in eating them. So I ate meat for the first time in like three years or so. It was very nice. I’m still sticking with vegetarian though.


Above is just a silly picture I took one of the many times that the guys are derping about. They are like 13 year old boys when they’re together… yes, filthy humour and bad puns included, only that they are much too old to feel embarassed about it… it makes me giggle.

This week I finally got the flat straightened out and I put up an advents wreath and a little bit of decoration. It’s not much this year, but I like how it came together. I tried to stay within my limits and not put too much pressure for perfection on myself. This year, there are just other priorities.



The thing that in my mind always seals the change of a season is my altar. I redeorate it at least for each of the 8 holidays throughout the year, which helps me stay in touch with nature’s rhythms. In winter, I enjoy having a clean, simple space that makes me feel quiet.



Of course because it is christmas time, it is also a special time for the kids. Our afternoons together are quite short and often not easy to plan, but I try to squeeze as many festive activities in as possible. I tried to plan ahead and make a pack of prepared materials for every day, but of course that didn’t work out. I got way too much stuff and way too many ideas. I guess it’s better that way around.
Last weekend we had people come over on the 6th December to bake Grittibänz with us – it’s a Swiss tradition to eat these sweet white breads on St. Nicolaus day. Everybody had a lot of fun designing their bread guys.

We also had an impromptu raclette! Because we don’t have the traditional table grill, we tried to improvise. We remembered that on Swiss winter markets the raclette is usually served like this: The surface of a hug hunk of cheese is melted by an upright gas heater, then scraped onto a plate of potatoes and pickled onions. It’s a bit like a cheese Doner.

So we got out the cook’s torch, and started melting…


It worked pretty well once the cheese was heated up. Nowwhere as fast of course, and the scraped portions were fairly small, but that was ok because people could just get themselves more whenever they liked. We call this version the “buffet-raclette”.


Today I’m finally feeling like I’m starting to wind down, and things are settling. My to-do lists are getting shorter. The big things that had to get done this year are organise, papers handed in, forms signed. All that’s left now really is christmas stuff like wrapping presents, making little Christmas gifts for my students in my last yoga classes next week, preparing some sweetie packs for the neighbours… and packing our stuff for our two week holiday in Switzerland. We are looking forward to it like mad, we both really need a good chunk of downtime and lazy days before we are ready to start out on the next part of our projects next year.

I hope you are starting to get nice and cosy, and if you aren’t, maybe this picture of a sleepy kitty will help. <3

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A visit from the South

I was trying to think of a witty title, but living in Scotland, most visits are naturally coming from the South, sigh…

Anyways, a couple of weekends ago, three of Tref’s oldest friends made their way up from the South of England to visit us. John and Rich brought their wives, so that made the party even merrier.

A weekend filled with fun card games (I was introduced to ‘spoon’), drinks, and lots and lots of food of course. 

We’ve been eating way too much fondue this year… and the season isn’s even over yet!

Spoon is brutal! It’s fun but it *will* result in injuries… so if you ever ask me to teach you, be prepared!


Rich brought his real life (*gasp*) photoalbum from a trip to Morocco that they took when they just finished school. Isn’t it great to see their happy faces, sharing all the memories?

We did manage to get out for a little stroll so the visitors could see something of the city.
Later on, as we wandered down Byres’s road, we got talking about how the most touristy thing to do in Glasgow was probably to eat a deepfried marsbar.

Deepfried everything is Glasgow’s speciality according to people who don’t live in Glasgow. Apparently you can actually get what is called a pizza crunch – pizza folded in half, battered, and then deepfried (it is rumoured that you can even choose to get cheesy fries and gravy on top). I must admit that I have never seen one, and I don’t really want to. It might be true that you can get these things here … but I think it is more a result of the demand than of an actual intrinsic tradition.

So we did have to do a lot of searching, but finally found a chippy that was willing to fry a marsbar for us if we got them one – which we promptly did.




We shared the bar between five people. It was surprisingly nice! I could definitely have eaten more. But I’m quite glad I didn’t, because I would probably have regretted it.



But I’m glad I tried it because it has been on my “to do in Glasgow” list for ever, and it feels good to cross things off.

The weekend was over all too quickly, but we already made plans to congregate again – at least now everybody who knows us has a reason to travel to the United States!

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It’s a party

I’ll admit it, I’m not a party person, never have been. But I’m way too lazy and too intimidated by crowds to enjoy more than the very occasional night out.

I do love to dance, however, and to have a good time with friends. I also looove to dress up and the music that gets me dancing is the music that my parents used to listen to when they were young.

So when our friend Leanne called for a 20ies-themed dressup dinner for her birthday, I was very excited.

I think it was my favourite dressup party ever. Some of the costumes were very funny, others imaginative, or improvised. But they all made for a great atmosphere.


The boys just all looked amazing. I wholeheartedly believe that a hat, a nice shirt and a pair of braces makes a man x1000 more attractive.

(Except maybe in this pic…)

(Here’s the romance, there’s the bromance.)

Girls look good in hats’, too of course!


I got to take some balloons home, which made me very very happy!

Sadly there was no 20ies music. The place played rock’n’roll which definitely wasn’t bad, but there was no space to dance, so we did actually – grudgingly – leave after dinner.

A tired protester! 

He’s a man of many hats!

 I hope you enjoyed the pictures, I just wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to. That’s ot all of course, but most of the things I’m doing these days is not stuff for blogposts – too unphotogenic. I try to post updates whenever I can but writing a post, especially with lots of pictures, takes a really long time and I’m super busy with organising stuff these days, so I just have to take a couple of hours every now and again when I can.

Take care! xx

 

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