Pact Coffee Nespresso Pods

When I saw Pact’s Kickstarter for Nespresso-compatible coffee pods, I was all over it. I’m not a subscriber to Pact, but I’m familiar with their brand and like what they do. I had faith they’d deliver great coffee in a pod.

As it’s the first production run, there are a few niggles with size (I think they use a thicker foil for the pod). Taste-wise, I prefer these to the official Nespresso pods.

P.S. Discovered my cajón drum makes for a nice backdrop.

 
 

My Nephew, Blake

Words can’t express my love for this little boy.

 
 

Storm Gertrude

I’m meant to be in Copenhagen, Denmark, but I’m in Glasgow, Scotland. Storm Gertrude messed that one up, so it’s safe to say we are not friends. Instead I awoke and drove towards Glencoe. Bad idea.

Mini Coopers aren’t designed for snow (I was skidding all over the road). As I turned to head back, I drove past another Mini in a ditch. I hope they are OK. Plenty of other cars had stop and were tending to them.

Needless to say, this weekend hasn’t turned out quite as planned! At least I still got to use my camera a bit.

 
 

Seb & Mili

Finnieston has become a hive of activity, probably in part due to the opening of The Hydro. Every month there seems to be a new bar, restaurant or coffee shop. Last month, I passed a new addition on Argyle Street, Seb & Mili, an artisan bakery and cafe. I stopped by for an Americano.

 
 

Carolyn Baxter Bridal at Carlowrie Castle

Words can’t describe how proud I am of my sister. Carolyn is a dress designer, recently moving into the bridal industry and designing a range of 5 wedding dresses… all while raising a baby. My sister handmade these dresses from her shop in Broughton Street, Edinburgh.

Shooting in Carlowrie Castle last week was the first chance I had to see the dresses. Now, I’m not the most feminine of women—give me a pair of Nike leggings any day, but even I wanted to play dress up. Carolyn has done a beautiful job.

I’m so proud of my sister and envious of her talent. You can see the all of the dresses on Carolyn’s website.

 
 

South Queensferry

Having visited South Queensferry in July, I vowed I’d return with my camera. Brittany and I enjoyed a burger at Orocco Pier, followed by a stroll around the quaint town centre. At 28, it was my first taste of a vegetarian burger (definitely no substitute for beef, but I’m trying to eat less of that).

All in all, a fabulous day before I throw myself into a busy week of work.

 
 

A New Project Is Brewing

My adopted big brother, Dan, returned to Glasgow yet again. Not for another photo walk (I’ve canned those), but to work on an upcoming project we have bubbling away. I’m excited about this.

 
 

Blake’s First Christmas

It’s exciting having a baby in the family at this time of the year. It’s my nephew’s first Christmas, and it just so happens I’m hosting the celebrations at my house this year.

We’re waving good bye to our tradition of spending Christmas at my mother’s house in Inverkip. It works better for everyone being at mine in Glasgow. My Gran is ill and can no longer get up and down stairs (my building has an elevator) and Carolyn is splitting time between her fiance’s family in Edinburgh and our family in Glasgow.

At first I was feeling daunted, but now I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone with a mulled wine.

 
 

Krispy Kreme Launch At Braehead, Glasgow

Imagine walking into Krispy Kreme and being told you can have an unlimited amount of anything you want, for free. That happened to me this evening.

Krispy Kreme has finally arrived in Glasgow (Braehead, to be precise). Yes, it’s overdue, but this evening’s VIP event more than made up for it.

As well as eating as many doughnuts as we’d like and drinking all the milkshakes our bellies could handle, we were given a tour of the kitchen and an insight into the process behind those delicious doughnuts.

Doughnuts are my kryptonite.

Thanks for the invite, Ayden.

 
 

Ayden and Ashley’s Day Out in Glasgow

Ayden and I planned a fun day out. It involved food, a trip up the Lighthouse, bubble tea, a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art and dessert. Now that’s a perfect day.

It began with breakfast at Bill’s, which I had never been to. Bill’s has a nice backstory and avoided the big chain feel despite having restaurants dotted all over the UK. Ayden ordered blueberry pancakes and I had the vegetarian breakfast. If all vegetarian food was this satisfying, I’d give up steak. Maybe.

After Bill’s, we burned some calories by walking to the top of the Lighthouse and taking in the panoramic view of our beautiful city, Glasgow.

Ascending all those stairs was a thirsty job, so we stopped off at Tempo on Queen Street for bubble tea. This was just around the corner from the GoMA, which currently has a neon art installation adorning the front of the building titled We Love Real Life Scotland.

It was almost time to head home, but not before devouring dessert at another location I had never visited—JellyBear. Ayden asked for “the most ridiculous looking dessert on the menu” and was handed a sundae with candyfloss in it.

I live-Instagrammed our day with my Eyefi, which—after a flaky start—has become my favourite toy.

Ayden, let’s do this all over again!

 
 
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