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.

 
 

Alchemilla

Ooh, I finally got around to checking out Alchemilla, one of Finnieston’s newest food spots. I’ll leave the food review to Briony, but I will say I enjoyed both the grub and the drink. I’ll definitely be back. Bonus points for being dog friendly, too!

 
 

Happy Birthday, Indie

Happy birthday, Indie. Although I’m not 100% sure when her birthday is, I got Indie from the SSPCA in November 2006. I was told she was around 6 months old at that point, which means her birthday is some time around now.

This year has been tough. Indie had a tumour cut out and got pancreatitis in the space of 4 weeks. She’s definitely back to her normal self now, which I’m relieved about. Love you, girl!

 
 

Cheeky Face

It’s been a while since I’ve shared Blake’s cheeky face. He’s growing up fast and my sister is doing a wonderful job of being a mother. He’s definitely hitting the terrible twos!

 
 

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.

 
 

I Love Coffee

I love coffee. Living in Finnieston means there’s no shortage of coffee spots. This latte with coconut milk (I usually drink my coffee black, but this is a sweet change) was from The Cran. I also like their cakes.

 
 

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!

 
 
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