Over the last few weeks the garden has really come to life. The daffodils are out, leaves are appearing on the trees and the birds are singing. After a long, cold winter with lots of snow, the days are getting longer and warmer. Lockdown is easing and I’ve managed to get back swimming in the … More Easy ginger cake – and spring!
I think we have been able to see snow on the hills to the south of Edinburgh since New Year. This last week has been school half term and there has been plenty of snow to keep the kids entertained – we have been dodging enthusiastic sledgers on our daily walks….. I don’t think … More Ginger and lime cake – and will it ever stop snowing?
Although the announcement of the successful development of COVID-19 vaccines has brought hope that there may be an end in sight, we have some way to go. I think we will be meeting our family and friends virtually for some time at least. Mr McGregor and I have recently (rather belatedly) started watching the British … More Pear and ginger cake – and Zoom ‘Taskmaster’
Mr McGregor and I have often thought that we should get a veg box delivered to supplement what we grow in the garden. Being in lockdown, with the supermarket shelves stripped bare, it seemed like a good time to start. Of course, everyone else seems to have thought the same and our local veg box … More Ginger spiced plum cake – and veg boxes
I’ve promised some book recommendations to a couple of my friends who have absolutely loved The Salt Path which I mentioned in this post. So here you are ladies – firstly, All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison is an amazing read. Set in East Anglia in 1933, it is incredibly atmospheric and very, very … More Apple, ginger and cranberry cake – and some book recommendations…
Wow, it’s 2020 already. How did that happen? I started the decade with a sunrise swim which lasted, oh, seconds at least… We’ve managed some beautiful walks over the holidays – it has been cold, but crisp and clear. On days like this, Edinburgh is even more beautiful than usual – this is a view … More Not-so-healthy ginger cake – and welcoming a new decade
We spent this weekend with friends in Lancashire – mainly as I wanted to visit Printfest, held in the lovely town of Ulverston in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria. Printfest brings together printmakers from all over the UK and is ‘dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary hand-made prints’. I really enjoyed looking … More Spelt, apricot and ginger rock cakes – and Printfest 2019
As a child I used to draw and paint happily and unselfconsciously – I imagine my mum still has loads of my old scribbles stored away in the loft. I recently found one picture of a fairground that I can remember drawing – looking at it I am immediately back as the 6-year-old me, sat … More The perfect gluten free ginger cake? – and doing some ‘art’ again
I was invited to Rotterdam this week to give a talk. I didn’t get much time to see the city but managed a couple of pictures: After the talk, my hosts took me to the Restaurant La Vilette for a great meal. Their menu features seasonal produce, and we ate quite a bit of white asparagus. I love … More Sticky ginger cake