Edible Gardening – The Royal Botanic Garden helps us plan ahead for this growing season

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I’ve spent so many hours wandering around the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,  enjoying the fresh air and foliage, no matter what the season.  I’ve read the plaques and little signs but I’ve never taken the time to find out the history of the Garden or to find out more about how they manage to provide … Read more…

SCIMART – Bread, Bugs, Chocolate …. Oh My!

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As a former engineer, I’m still a bit of a nerd and it’s no secret that I’m a mega foodie so when the Edinburgh International Science Festival included a ‘SCIMART’ (science farmer’s market) in this year’s programme I had no choice but to go!!  In fact, between now and the 20th of April there are … Read more…

Budding Chefs – France and Scotland, the Auld ‘Gastronomic’ Alliance

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On Saturday I dragged my husband to an all day foodie event organised by Budding Chefs.  The inspiration for Budding Chefs, a culinary exchange programme, comes from Fred Berkmiller and the Institut Francais d’Ecosse; Berkmiller is a Frenchman living in Edinburgh running two successful restaurants, l’escargot bleu and l’escargot blanc.  The programme gives French chefs … 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…

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors, Presented by the University of Edinburgh

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An Impressive Display of Culture, Colour and Lights… ­29 January – 7 February 2014, 4pm – 9pm Quadrangle, Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL Entry is free A few weeks ago I watched a documentary about the Terracotta Warriors unearthed in the Xi’an province of China in 1974.  Could you imagine being a farmer, just … 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…

Guest Blog: The Shiatsu School Edinburgh; Tamsin Grainger MRSS, Director, TSSED

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There are many forms of massage and we are lucky that in Edinburgh most of the massage disciplines are available for us to try.  Massage is not ‘one size fits all’ so it’s important to know what type of massage is best for you/your condition, what type you would enjoy the most and where to … Read more…

A Sneaky Peek through Open Doors in Edinburgh

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If you were wondering what all the blue balloons and banners were doing tacked up on door frames throughout the city; this past weekend was Edinburgh’s turn to open doors to about 127 of its buildings as part of the Scotland-wide Doors Open Days.  I look forward to this every year but each year something comes … Read more…