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Personal August 26, 2014 posted by

Exciting Allotment News!

Exciting Allotment News!

So, as well as going on holiday last week something else really really great happened to us – we got an allotment!  This month’s fortunes have really turned on us!

After being disheartened by long council waiting lists (9 years in some parts of Edinburgh!) we found a private community allotment association nearby who had a plot going spare.  It’s a fairly big plot, and as we both work and have a toddler to keep us busy we’re sharing the plot with two friends (and their toddlers!), to help spread the load.

My partner and our friend all went up at the weekend to view our plot, and took the above photo at the site.  Our plot is currently covered in weeds but we’re looking forward to weeding it all out and hopefully planting some kale and onions so we can at least get a crop in February.

We’re searching the internet at the moment for useful sites and resources for allotment holders.  If you know of any good sites or resources then do let me know in the comments below or whatever method you prefer.  I’ll put a post together at some point in the near future with my findings and your suggestions as I’m sure other people will find it useful too!

I’ll also be sure to share our progress with the allotment once in a while!  I’m hoping that this time next year we’ll be swimming in courgettes and squashes!

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    Mangle & Wringer Giveaway Winner

    Mangle & Wringer Giveaway Winner

    Thanks for all of your entries into the Mangle & Wringer giveaway last week!

    I’m really pleased to announce that the winner of the giveaway is Gaby Lovatt!  Congratulations Gaby!

    If you weren’t lucky enough to win this time then keep an eye on your inbox as you’ll soon receive an exclusive discount code to use on the Mangle & Wringer site!

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      Day Trips August 25, 2014 posted by

      Our Holiday in Fife

      Our Holiday in Fife

      Hello!  How have you been?  This month has been a tough one on so many fronts, so we took a much needed holiday last week.  It was a bit of an unplanned one – we hadn’t booked a holiday this year.  Between this, that, and the other the idea of a holiday fell by the wayside, but when the chance came up to have a little holiday in Fife for a week, thanks to my sister-in-law, we jumped at the chance.  So the three of us (plus our pet parrot!) journeyed 20 miles up the road, over the Firth of Forth, and settled down in Fife for the week.

      Despite living so close to Fife for the past five years, it isn’t a place I’ve really explored very much.  I grew up on the west coast of Scotland, so the east coast is still a bit here be dragons land for me!  What a blast we had this week exploring the area though – it just goes to show that you don’t have to travel far from home to have a fantastic family holiday!

      The first place we hit up was Burntisland.  Burntisland is fantastic for families – it has a brilliant green flag beach, a lovely park, heaps of walks, some great cafes (we like Potter About on wet days – great for keeping kids entertained - and Food for Thought, which also has a great fair trade market in it), and in summer a funfair on the links by the beach.  We caught the last day of the funfair which went down a treat with my thrill seeking little ‘un!

      Burntisland Beach Burntisland

      view of Edinburgh from Fife

      You can even wave to Edinburgh from the shore of the beach!

      On another day of our holiday we visited the town of Falkland.  I hadn’t heard of Falkland before, but it was like a little undiscovered gem for me!

      Falkland Fife

      Fayre Earth Falkland

      Lomond Tavern Falkland

      holiday in Fife

      As well as being such a picturesque town, there is the lovely Falkland Palace, a National Trust for Scotland property.  It’s a little pricey to get in (£12.50 each) and not much for toddlers to do inside the actual palace, but the gardens and orchards of the palace are a dream.

       Falkland Palace

      Falkland Palace Fife

      Things to do in FifeFalkland Fifewalled gardenwillow weaving

      We had hours and hours of fun in the gardens and orchard, where we happened upon some amazing willow sculptures, like this one of Mary Queen of Scots, above!

      It’s probably enough photos for one day – I’ll share some more from our holiday in Fife another day.  There was a surprising amount of fun things to do there!

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