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Where the monkey sleeps – a serious operation

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Good greif, hasn’t the weather been just completely nuts recently? The rest of the UK is seemingly having a tropical heat wave and Glasgow is just having tropical showers. Typical. Despite this, the other day I valiantly braved the elements and ran between the raindrops in order to meet a dear friend for lunch. THAT Read the Rest »

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Caurnie Soaperie – It’s a slippery existence

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Established in 1922, and located in quirky Kirkintilloch (half an hour outside Glasgow) since 1924, Caurnie Soaperie is a truly wonderful blast from the past. Jim Little, the son of a son of a vegetable soap-maker, is as loyal to his roots as his father was, and the combined wisdom of three generations of chemists Read the Rest »

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Dressing up with Miss Lottie Lou

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Miss Lottie Lou is the mastermind behind a feast of fanciful vintage creations spilling from a tiny corner of Glasgow’s west end, and she is, without a doubt, as bright and cheery as the fabrics she re-claims. Nestled away amongst the hidden gems of De-Courcey’s arcade on Creswell Lane, she hammers away at the sewing Read the Rest »

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Fruity Farm Frivolity at Craigie’s, Perfect Strawberry Jam and a SPECIAL OFFER for YOU

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  When I was younger I spent many a summer afternoon on my hands and knees picking strawberries at a nearby farm. Tragically, this farm and many others like it have closed their doors in recent years. So when I decided, in a recent bout of nostalgia, to relieve my good friend of her brood Read the Rest »