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An Evening Tasting Scottish Gin and Tonic

On Friday I went to The Finnieston’s pop-up gin bar as part of a 5PM deal. I love gin, but I’m disappointed when it’s served with the wrong garnish or the bartender doesn’t take pride in its presentation.

This wasn’t the case on Friday. We were presented with a list of premium, Scottish gin and tonics of which we could choose three. Jamie, our bartender, gave us recommendations based on our preferences and told us a bit about each gin.

They went down a little too well. I have to admit we didn’t stop at 3.

Living in Finnieston, I drink at The Finnieston quite often. Their gin cocktail, The Nautical, is my favourite. It was really nice to spend some time in their upstairs bar, which I didn’t even know existed, and have more of an intimate setting with the bartender who could talk us through our drinks.

 
 

Prince Harry

This is my neighbour’s kitten, Prince Harry. You’ve probably noticed I’m more of a dog person, but I can’t resist Harry’s charm. He is adorable. I hope he stays this size forever.

 
 

Glasgow Coffee Festival 2017

Glasgow Coffee Festival returned for another year. Rab and I went on the Sunday as we had a wedding on Saturday. I’m always tired the day after a wedding as it’s both physically and mentally demanding, so coffee was definitely needed!

We complimented our flat white with cakes from CakeSmiths, then washed it down with #rawsoda. We also saw a lot of cute dogs.

 
 

Island Wedding

My first island wedding! And also a rare wedding I attended as a guest—not the photographer. Still, I had to bust out the camera to capture what an island wedding is like.

Shawshank got married in South Uist, which is an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. It was a lot of fun. Islanders really know how to party.

I’m so happy for my friend Shawshank. I’ve only met Gary a handful of times, but it’s enough to know I like him and I’m excited about their future together.

 
 

South Uist

I can’t believe it’s taken me 13 years of friendship to get to Uist. South Uist is where my friend, Shawshank, is from. She’s been trying to get me on a propellor plane to the Outer Hebrides for many of those years. By the way, the plane was even smaller than I imagined. My aisle only had one seat!

It was worth the journey, though, and I’m charmed by island life. I also considered going vegetarian after meeting all of these lovely cows.

Thanks to Lisa and her dog, Bella, for letting me crash in their house!

 
 

Popping My Cottonrake Cherry

One of the (many) upsides of having Laura visit is food. Laura works at a bakery in Nottingham and makes me appreciate what goes into the process of hand-making food.

We visited Cottonrake Bakery on Saturday. All the croissants were gone by the time we arrived, so I settled for a pear tart. I say settled, but it was delicious. I washed it down with a black coffee. I’m carb loading before participating in tomorrow’s Great Edinburgh Run! That’s my excuse anyway.

 
 

Easter Egg Hunt

Having a nephew is fun. I planned an Easter Egg hunt for Blake at my Gran’s house.

Even though the kid can’t yet talk, he understood the premise perfectly. The face smeared with chocolate is evidence he enjoyed it.

 
 

Weekend Hangs

The past few weeks have been tough. The uncertainty of the outcome of Indie’s operation, getting the results back and it not being what I wanted to hear. And now we’re going through it again as another lump has appeared (praying it’s scar tissue or inflammation).

The hardest part about being an adult is—despite all of this going on—still having to function. I still have to run a business, handle client demands, deal with people chasing up their unanswered emails. All I want to do is press pause and give Indie my full attention.

This weekend we did press pause. We went long walks in the sunshine and relaxed on the terrace. Today we’re back at the vet. Hopefully Indie gets her stitches out and they’ll take a sample of the lump to get tested.

Maybe some of you are thinking, “It’s just a dog”. Indie has been my dog since I was 19. Now I’m 30. We’ve been together for a long time and experienced many ups and downs. Hopefully this is a temporary down before many more ups. Get well soon, Indie!

 
 

A Weekend Retreat To Inveraray

Every time I’ve driven past Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa, I’ve thought to myself I have to stay there. This weekend, Naomi and I spent three nights at Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa. We enjoyed good food, red wine, horror movies and a 90 minute massage. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time and I’m a little disappointed to be back to reality!

 
 

Black Pine Coffee Co.

Y’all know my friend, Ayden, because I’ve photographed her a lot. You don’t know her boyfriend, Pete. Either did I. Prior to this weekend I’d only met him once at a house party.

Yesterday we did the 160 mile round-trip to Perth to support Pete on his first day with Black Pine Coffee. Pete quit his full-time job in the drinks industry to open his own coffee company. He went from idea to execution within a few months, which blows my mind.

Running my own business and knowing how tough it can be, I really wanted to support Pete. In the end the trip was well worth it. His coffee was great, and I got to hang out with Bronson the dog.

If you’re passing through Perth, be sure to get a coffee at Black Pine Coffee. It’s located inside Badlands Barber.

 
 
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