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Switching 2013/09/08

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Thanks to all our visitors over the years.  Don’t worry though – we’ll still keep this site going, it just won’t be our main “on-line thing”. All our subscribers already know where to go for the fun and games. We’ll still use private (hidden) stuff here – and the odd password-protected entry too – but in the main, we’ll be elsewhere as this wee blog has served us well over the years, it’s still here, just mainly as an archive.

 

 

Protected: Cousin Snaps 2013/04/08

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Protected: School Holiday Fortnight 2013/04/07

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Protected: Big Family Easter Feaster 2013/03/31

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devine Meatballs 2013/03/14

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Daddy Dave’s usual thing is to make  meatballs the lazy way Nigella Lawson does it — using Italian sausage meat, but as Italian sausage can be difficult to obtain (we get ours from Dobbie’s), he wanted to try to get as close to his childhood memories of his friends’ nonnas’ meatballs.

This is what he has wound up with. It is a fool-proof, big single pot recipe, a man’s dish. It is simple, yet lipsmackingly good. Enjoy.

Prep Time: 30 mins. (can be prepp’d in 15mins),
Cooking Time: 3 hours,
Serves: 10. (more…)

Children’s Games 2013/02/10

Posted by Daddy Dave in Family, Kids, Musings, real life.
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I had a really nice chat with Oli about what games she played in the playground at school.  It was interesting to compare the games of today with what Mummy Ruth and I remembered of our playtime pursuits. (more…)

New Dripper 2013/01/25

Posted by Daddy Dave in Reviews, shopping, Tips and Tricks.
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[ photograph of coffee dripper]I am thrilled with my new dripper.

This one arrived yesterday from Amazon. What’s different about this dripper is that it has a valve, so the grounds are steeped for a while, rather than simply passing through. (more…)

Protected: Jeanne 2013/01/23

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Happy New Year! 2013/01/01

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Happy New Year!

Our superb children are now firmly established at school, full time, and we have a large, happy network in the local community. Last year, we spent a fortune renovating our home so we can enjoy it better and everything will last for years to come. Structural integrity is incredibly expensive and scary, but terribly important.

2012 was a year where everything just seemed to go our way, sometimes with a wee struggle (after all, we live in a world populated by the stupid and dysfunctional) , but most of the time it was plain sailing. Long may this trend continue!

Protected: Our Roman Villa 2012/10/21

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Mama’s Limoncello 2012/09/16

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking, fun, hacks, Tips and Tricks.
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I have been making bottles of Limoncello as Christmas gifts!

Prep Time: 5 mins.,
Cooking Time: 10 mins.,
Serves: 2.

Equipment:

  • vegetable peeler;
  • small sharp knife;
  • bowl or jug;
  • bottles;
  • Cling film

Shopping List:

  • ten unwaxed lemons;
  • 75ml bottle of vodka;
  • 3 1/2 cups Water;
  • 2 1/2 cups Sugar.

 

To Make the Limoncello:
The peel is all we need for this recipe, so using the vegetable peeler, get long strips of peel from the lemons. Trim & discard the white pith from the peel using the knife.

Put the de-pithed peel strips into the jug and pour in the vodka before covering with cling film.  Leave alone for four days at room temperature.

Four Days later

Remove cling film and stir, pour into a large saucepan and heat on stove (medium heat) until sugar dissolves (about 5 mins) then let it all cool down to room temperature again.

Protected: First Day Take Two 2012/08/15

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Defunding 2012/07/22

Posted by Daddy Dave in Musings, real life, Whinge.
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After discussions and meetings and after careful consideration, we have decided to change the way we give back to the community. (more…)

Changed Again 2012/04/20

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Musings.
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Hope you like the new look. Instead of the whole site being private, individual stories are either hidden and invisible, totally public or password protected.

Thanks to everyone who suggested that we (more…)

Protected: Couple of Boabies 2012/03/14

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Protected: Shops and Chocs 2012/03/03

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Tramp Attack! 2012/02/11

Posted by Daddy Dave in Gritty Urban Realism.
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We actually got attacked on the street by a tramp today!

Luckily our daughter was in England and our son was out with Papa and Charlie for the day.  Goodness, what’s the world coming to? (more…)

Protected: Gigging Again! 2012/01/09

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Protected: Cousins’ Birthday 2012/01/01

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Xmas Night Out 2011/12/17

Posted by Daddy Dave in Days Out, fun, Music, nights out, real life, Reviews.
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[Photo of We Were Promised Jetpacks taken at ABCO2 gig in Glasgow]Yesterday was my main client’s Christmas work’s lunch. The entire office (about 40 of the Glasgow team plus  contractors/ freelancers) booked a “boutique hotel” (whatever that is) on Bath Street, and we had the usual sporadically served, cold Christmas rubbish food one has come to expect after years of experience.  (more…)

Strike! 2011/11/30

Posted by Daddy Dave in Family, Friends, fun, Musings, real life.
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The children were off today from school and nursery because of the civil service strike action.

We really enjoyed meeting Daddy Dave at lunchtime in the bustle of the city centre, and everywhere just seemed different and fun.  I almost wished there were more strikes as it really was a special family time.

I don’t mean to disrespect the unions etc., but a lot of Daddy Dave’s work colleagues took the day off work for their kids, and all-in-all the feedback and vibe was very positive — which is a bit of a shame I suppose for the strikers!  I guess their aim was to disrupt and cause a fuss, but it seems to have given everyone an excuse for some family time, and the shops seem to have benefited from the unexpected Christmas shopping.

The amount of people I bumped into while shopping after lunch with the kids was unbelievable!  There was such a great spirit, and I think the strike has made us all feel a lot more Christmassy somehow.

–Mum

Protected: Fawkes & Fireworks 2011/11/06

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Micky Flanagan 2011/11/01

Posted by Daddy Dave in Days Out, Family, Friends, fun, Kids, nights out, real life, Reviews.
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[Poster of Micky Flanagan. Out Out Tour 2011]We got granny to babysit and headed for the King’s Theatre to see Micky Flanagan.  We paid over twenty quid to sit in the gods (aka “The Gallery”).  He had no support and did two parts with a 15 minute interval.  We were out before quarter to ten.  It was a Sunday night after all. (more…)

The Barber of Seville 2011/10/28

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[The Barber of Seville poster Scottish Opera]Last night, Mummy Ruth and I went to see The Barber of Seville at the Theatre Royal, although I guess as it was sung in Italian (despite being set in Spain), it ought to have been called Il barbiere di Siviglia, but anyway.

Now, it has to be said that I saw The Barber of Seville done in Glasgow way back in the early 1990s, and was blown away.  It set (more…)

Protected: Mallorca 2011/10/24

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