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Nov 21st

2016

By donich_admin

Made my Christmas Cake today

Afraid that after the dried up disaster that was last year’s cake, I’ve given up on Delia’s recipe and have tried Mary Berry’s. It actually seems to have come out better, though again I cooked it for only 3.5 hours rather than the 4 she recommended, and it still seems slightly over done. Still I […]

Nov 20th

2016

By donich_admin

Travel Disasters

R and I went to a wedding in Milton Keynes this weekend – one way and another it did not turn out too well from a travel perspective. I’m not a big fan of low cost airlines or low cost airports so it was only with difficulty that R persuaded me to fly with EasyJet […]

Nov 18th

2016

By donich_admin

Snow’s Back

Quite snowy when we got up this morning and it is now coming over the mountains in waves, with Beinn Bheula alternately looking alp-like and disappearing behind the clouds.  Looking at the traffic Scotland live traffic cams there is two or three inches of snow at the Rest but the A83 is clear.  Just as […]

Nov 17th

2016

By donich_admin

Chandelier

I don’t normally buy myself quite such fancy things as this – but there is a story associated with the chandelier.  Last Christmas I bought my Mum a beautiful glass lamp from John Lewis’.  She liked it so much that when her birthday came around I thought I would get her something to match.  So […]

Nov 14th

2016

By donich_admin

A new little friend

I bought this adorable little chap in Tessera in Castle Douglas.  This really is one of my favourite shops – it always seems to have the most innovative and original things. He is as light as a feather and all sparkly – ready to get in the Christmas mood.  Also my Mum was telling me […]

Nov 10th

2016

By donich_admin

Winter Wonderland

The weather suddenly turned very cold this week, and unusually for November, we had quite a bit of snow.  This would of course be the week R is away in Glasgow, and he ended up having to stay overnight, because he was concerned he won’t get back over the Rest the following morning. This was […]

Nov 7th

2016

By donich_admin

Home Again

Had quite a nice trip home from Venice.  R and I went for a farewell walk around the city which was both nice and sad (because we were leaving).  Everything seemed new washed with the rain which had fallen overnight, and outside the main streets there was virtually no one about. We said goodbye to […]

Nov 6th

2016

By donich_admin

Venice Day Two

Today we went out by boat to see the northern part of the lagoon.  Unfortunately we didn’t realize that the boat does not always go to the same stops and we therefore had a moment of panic when we realized we had gone to Triporte rather than Torcello which had been our original destination. So we […]

Nov 5th

2016

By donich_admin

Venice Day One

Unfortunately the weather is not of the best today.  We walked straight over to St Mark’s Square in the pouring rain with my hands freezing.   Venice is really beautiful though – and I had underestimated how nice it would be not having the constant pressure of traffic. Here is the view from the bell […]

Nov 5th

2016

By donich_admin

Day Two on the Train

I woke up at 6:30am and ran (well jumped) across the cabin to open the window blind. I was rather expecting to see some Alps, but in fact there was some rather unremarkable French countryside. At this point it began to dawn on me that part of the reason that I had slept so well […]