New chairs and cake

I’ve needed new dining chairs for a long time now, but having decided that I was only going to buy real wood, it’s taken me sometime to save. I fell in love with Ercol furniture  when I was a child and my Aunt and Uncle had a few pieces. I thought long and hard and finally went for a  simple retro kitchen  style.  Then I realised that what they needed where seat pads, and  I felt the fabric needed to be vintage from roughly the same era.

I found this fabric in a vintage/junk shop on Byres Road in Glasgow. There are 2 panels and I think they were probably caravan curtains and there is just enough for 4 seat pads. Just got to make them now.

Fiona made this cake for her birthday a couple of weeks ago and very nice it was too.

If you’ve followed some of my other posts you’ll know I don’t eat wheat so it was lovely to get these little jems as a present from our friends Deirdre and Dave from a local food fair.

I’m usually anti the nasty cup cakes on sale at food fairs and markets that taste of nothing but sugar and food colouring, but these were great. All have a different flavoured topping, including ginger, mint and my favourite lavender, which was a revelation.

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Holiday in Scotland Part 1

Some of the places we liked  from our holiday in Scotland.

We started off in Glasgow which is a great city, which  isn’t like other tourist cities. Glasgow is a take us as you find us city, which is very refreshing.  Most of the galleries and museums are free and visited by the locals. Another interesting thing is that it has an enormous number  of parks and green spaces. have a look at a map and check it out.

We started off the week visiting Holmwood House a National Trust for Scotland property just a few miles from the centre.

Build by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, who interestingly never when to Greece.

The next  day we headed into the centre to the Merchant City. We had great expectations of the Italian centre and I have visions of little coffee shops and maybe some Italian art, but we where sadly disappointed,  just the same old chains and some old fashioned Restaurants. The buildings were amazing and we did find lovely coffee in The Tinderbox.

The Museum of Modern Art is worth a visit.

This statue of Wellington shows how down to earth and fun loving the people of Glasgow are and I think sums up the essence of the City. The story goes that over the years going back to the early 80’s a traffic cone has been placed on the statue by the locals and every time it was removed they put it back. The local radio station Clyde 1 asked listeners how they wanted to mark the success of  the Scottish Olympic team and the vote was for a gold traffic cone.

Lots of cone based merchandise in the museum shop.

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