Libraries Gave Us Power

You’ll get the link in a minute, it was my husband’s idea to include this song, I’m always up for a sing-a-long with the Manics.  Motorcycle Emptiness is the best for singing along to though, you feel that you can get it right, but it is actually impossible.  I digress.

Today I’m singing the praises of the libraries here in Edinburgh .  We are regular visitors and one of my favourite things to do if I’m needing inspiration is to open my Edinburgh Libraries account and make a huge list of books to reserve.  And, as if by magic, they are usually at my local library within a week , pretty efficient if you ask me.  The staff are super helpful too, my only gripe is that they’ve changed the opening hours so it’s harder to nip along in the evenings

The range of kids’ books is amazing for every age and stage not to mention free dvd hire for children and a nominal fee for the others.  Teenboy was introduced to Bill Forsyth’s film Gregory’s Girl last week when I spotted it in the racks, I’m not sure what he thought of it but I absolutely loved seeing it again, it is a classic. If you’ve never seen it then watch it, it’s hilarious. Let me know what you think is the best bit. As some of you know, I can recite copious lines from it if I’m in the mood. (skip to 24 seconds)



Next on my list for teenboy is Local Hero, another Bill Forsyth film



Here’s my most recent pile of reserved books, there are usually a couple of duff books but, hey, that’s ok because it’s free!

free books!
free books

That’s my public information work done for the day.

Wishing you all a great weekend, what’s your all time favourite film?  Recommendations welcome in the comments section. x

ps wouldn’t mind a bit of snow now


Burns Night

Right now there is a ceilidh going on at my place, there are two girls with Scottish Country Dance music on.  They have found everything they can in the house that is even vaguely tartan including a scarf, a picnic blanket (now the carpet) and the scout necker of a boy I know.  They have to be the most enthusiastic Burns Night fans I’ve ever known.  As I wrote this time last year, it would be my Mum’s birthday today and she was often a Burns widow when my Dad was doing The Immortal Memory at someone’s Burns’ Supper – he often did a few every year, he was a real fan of the Scots language.  The whole Burns Night/Day is a bit of a ‘thing’ now especially at the primary schools which means even at six, the children can manage a Gay Gordon’s or a Dashing White Sergeant.  The grandparents would definitely have a big smile at the girls today although, true to form, they have had to stop for a wee something to eat.

Lucy started the day with a stink, she came in from her morning trip round the garden covered in fox poop.  Nice! Apologies if you have already seen the photo on Instagram.  Please do request to follow me, I have kept it personal for now but I’m happy for you to follow me since you read my blog.

just as well my sister bought the dogs this luxury shampoo
just as well my sister bought the dogs this luxury shampoo

Recipe Trial No 1 

Celeriac is something I love the idea of but when the nodulated root appears in the veg box it is sometimes an effort to deal with it.  Luckily I know a girl who knows what to do to make it taste fabulous (and, no, it’s not soup).

celeriac, egg, spices and hope in the bowl
celeriac, egg, spices and hope in the bowl

Sarah posted this just as I was going for soup again.  Brilliant I thought, my husband has the Rosti King title round here – he’s always keen to get it right – so he can make dinner.  Double brilliant.

The Rosti topped with a poached egg, not bad indeed.
The Rosti topped with a poached egg, not bad indeed.

This recipe is highly recommended  Root Veg Rosti from The View from the Table, much better than the potato ones I’ve had here before if you know what I mean.  Thanks for trying it out, C and thanks to Sarah for passing it on.

We are off to a Burns themed birthday party so it’ll be haggis tonight no doubt.

Nearly forgot to show you another food first, my niece’s Battenburg.  Tasted amazing, Mary and Paul have a lot to answer for…

home made battenburg, my favourite, from the kitchen of my niece aged 6
home made battenburg, my favourite, from the kitchen of my niece aged 6

Have a good weekend, just one more photo for you, hope you like him.  x

on the bath wall at the moment, always makes me smile
on the bath wall at the moment, always makes me smile

For Mum post funnily enough there’s a recipe from Sarah there too, xx

My January Read – The Year in Books

There seems to be a bit of a book love thing going on in the blogosphere at the moment, there are lots of ‘must read’ lists and photos of piles of books.  Laura at Circle of Pine Trees has started a link up for those of us who wish to join in with her and here’s my chosen January read, a well received Christmas present.

I’ll let you know how it goes, if it is at all typical of Maggie O’Farrell’s other books, I’ll be hooked right away.