Hidden Door Festival – a Peek into the World of Art, Music and Culture

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It seems like only yesterday that I was watching a video released by the organisers of the recurring Hidden Door Festival (first launched in 2010)  which led us up and down the streets of Edinburgh – eventually revealing the secret location for this year’s culture, art and music event – the Market Street Vaults.  I … Read more…

Keeping Food Off The Bin: How to reduce our food waste

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 An eye-opening event with The New Leaf Co-op; 23 Argyle Place, Edinburgh I love food – I’m much happier browsing the shelves of independent grocers than designer boutiques, and whenever and wherever I travel, my first stop is a local market or grocery store.  Because I place such a high value on food – nutritionally, … Read more…

Hogmanay – Discovering Scot:Lands

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The official Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations culminated in a wondrous free event that turned the Old Town into a giant living gameboard and all participants became ‘explorers’ – spinning a wheel to get a map to our next land of discovery where we would be rewarded with art and music representing a region of Scotland.  As … Read more…

Winter Walk: Water of Leith, Dean Village

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Strolling along the Water of Leith on a Sunny winter day – from Comely Bank to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.  Free Fun – free parking on Sunday, Free entry to museums and free to walk along the Water of Leith!! For 2013, the Christmas and New Year’s weather was pretty dismal – … Read more…

LifesCycle – ‘Your Body, Your Bike’

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Happy 4th Birthday to My Favourite Place to Get Fit in Edinburgh I’ve tried to write this blog a hundred times but each time I get stumped.  How can I possibly do justice to this amazing place and the fantastic people that run it, work there and attend the classes?  But as this weekend saw … Read more…

GUEST BLOGGER – TESSA SIMPSON, (Its Never 2 late 2)

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TESSA SIMPSON:  BECOME A VOLUNTEER, (reposted from itsnever2late2.com) I have, over the years, volunteered with a number of organisations. As I am still working my time is limited and I have chosen to use my skills as part of what I could offer. I have worked with Scottish Business in the Community, mainly designing and … Read more…

Nettles Sting!!! – Weeding along the Water of Leith

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Well, you learn something new every day.  Today I learned several things: 1 – I learned what Himalayan Balsam looks like 2 – I learned that it likes to grow amongst nettles 3 – I learned that NETTLES STING!! I learned my lessons while volunteering for the Water of Leith Conservation Trust.  They help keep … Read more…