Monthly Archives: September 2014

Silent Sunday – 28 Sept

Unleash your inner poet at Blue Chair cafe – last Friday of the month

Spoken word evening - Blue Chair cafe in Glasgow - last Friday of the month


Take flight at Gin 71

I like a nice gin. So I’m thrilled to discover Glasgow’s first dedicated gin bar – Gin 71.

Gin 71 bar in GlasgowBy day this inviting Renfield Street spot is the Cup Tea Lounge offering delicious tea and cakes. And by night after 6pm, it’s a seductive gin lover’s dream.

Not your grandma’s gin

But this isn’t gin as you know it. It’s better, enticing and beautiful. There are so many – we hardly know where to start.

But why choose just one when you can have three. From the fabulously fruity to the exquisitely earthy and even the exceptionally dry, Gin 71’sFlights lets us sample different artisan gins perfectly matched to specially-made tonics. Sensational!

The Flight trays are impeccably presented. In fact they’re almost too pleasing to disturb. Almost. The delicate ritual of putting it all together is delightful. And the high-powered soda water bottle adds a bit of excitement – go gently.

There are several Flights to choose from but the Fruity Gin Flight is a must. Or if you’re longing for the taste of home, try some of Scotland’s finest with the Homegrown Flight.

And if you’re feeling peckish (or need to coast a little), try something from their food menu.

Beautiful surroundings, alluring tipples and helpful staff equals totally wonderful.

So go on, take flight.


Silent Sunday – 21 September

West End wonder in the delightful sunshine

Cresswell Lane in Glasgow#CresswellLane

Scotland decides

No matter what the result, Scotland is still changing. It’s been an exciting and tense time for us but now that all has been officially revealed, it’s time to shake off some stress.

Mugdock Country Park Mugdock Country Park  is our solace. There’s a variety of activities throughout the year – today’s it’s all about Castle capers. On the weekend the playground and two castles can be mobbed.

But we only need to wander 10 minutes and we’re in a totally tranquil world of impressive scenery, including a glistening lake and the Campsis as a beautiful backdrop.

It’s breath-taking and it’s in our backyard, just 30 minutes outside Glasgow city centre. Taking it all in – I can actually feel myself relaxing and my mind clearing.

We walk a little further in beautiful sunshine soaking it up. And delish tea and cake makes the perfect ending to a relaxing day.

And while it looks different today, Scotland is still beautiful, still bold and still pushing for change. And it still  inspires and fills us with hope.



Silent Sunday – 14 September

Clydeside looking completely spectacular…

Clydeside in Glasgow

Silent Sunday – 7 Sept

And remember…

Glasgow street art

Ice cream dreams

Too cold for ice cream you say. Never! Especially when it’s the absolutely delicious and delightful Crolla’s on Byres Road.

Crolla’s gelateria This West End gelateria is the stuff of childhood dreams – filled with the creamiest ice cream, chocolate galore and mountains of sweets.

Their DIY stone cold creations is a must – a colossal ice-cream sundae made just the way you want.

There are so many important decisions to make. Choose from an endless variety of ice-cream, toppings – caramel, nuts galore, chocolate, tablet and more. And top it all off with fresh fruit and the sauce of your choice.

I go for a classic vanilla with heaps of chocolate bits, crushed nuts and strawberries to keep it (ahem) healthy. It’s all combined in a beautiful mixture of edible perfection topped off in more chocolate. Of course.

The result – dessert heaven. YUM!

Glasgow is set to have a last blast of heat before heading into autumn. Stay cool with Crolla’s tasty cool creations.

– T