Monthly Archives: November 2011

I’m in the mood…

For dancing!

I have the best part time job any student could ever wish for. Last night, I was working closing night of an event called the Shoogle project. Plan B, a Scottish dance company have been working with Shooglenifty, my absolute favourite folk band in the whole world. They created an experience that is a gig, and a ceilidh, and a dance show all in one. Shooglenifty played beautifully, and the contemporary dancers were stunning. Frank McConnell is the mastermind behind plan b, and there’s a brilliant wee interview with him here.

The highlights of the evening were the sections with members of the audience joining the dancers in a dance party. Almost everyone got up at the end to join in, and the number of professional dancers in the audience meant that it was also beautiful.]

I took some very very blurry pictures, so apologies for the poor quality, but I’d like to share them anyway.

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Oh what a night!

This weekend was fun. Flatmate turned the ripe old age of 29, and we celebrated with cocktails and Prosecco at the Voodoo rooms. It’s such a beautiful venue. Last time I was there was during the summer for an event called White Mink, an electro-swing evening. Everyone dressed in their finest twenties garb, and drank Courvoiser cocktails. Lots of fun.

We had a cocktail in a Hendrick’s teapot, flavoured with rose lemonade. A little too floral for my taste, but beautiful nonetheless. We shared a bottle of Prosecco, and followed it with gin and tonics. I love Hendrick’s gin. Yum. I also invented my favourite drink ever. Double Hendrick’s, one shot of St. Germain, and topped up with tonic. I think it would be nicer with prosecco instead of tonic, but I couldn’t afford to ask for that as well.

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Things I love today

Today my phone died in the nighttime and failed to alarm me awake, so I missed my morning classes. I’ve been wasting time since I woke up, planning to go to the library, and playing around online.

Aubin and Wills just launched their Christmas video, and, although I object to it being Christmas quite this early, I am enjoying feeling sparkly and festive. Here is the link. It’s beautiful.

I’ve also been listening to a lot of Sigur Ros, especially the ( ) album. The third track is my favourite, especially for walking through the meadows looking at fallen leaves and golden trees. I’ve fallen over a couple of times too many recently, in wet leaf mulch. Embarrassing.

Isn’t Edinburgh gorgeous in the Autumn?

love, becs

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A Martha Stewart Weekend

This weekend has been busy busy. I invited a whole lot of folk over Saturday night for a roast without much planning, which was brilliant. We had a lot of lamb, boy had a whole sea bass, and I made yorkshire puddings for the first time since I was very very young. I managed to mess them up back then, but this time they turned out (almost) perfectly. The best thing about the roast, aside from lovely company and lovely wine, was being able to have leftovers for lunch today. Tasty.

I didn’t take a picture of any roast or any of my lovely friends enjoying said meal. Foolish. Here is a picture of the amazing lasagne I made last night instead.

I used onions, garlic, an aubergine, two courgettes, a red and orange pepper, and a whole lot of mushrooms. Then I added basil and oregano, a little bit of paprika, and lots of tomatoes. I layered tomatoey mixture, then cheese sauce (made in the usual way, butter, flour, milk, then strong cheddar) followed by a layer of spinach and fresh lasagne sheets. Repeat until the oven dish is full. Cover in parmesan, basil and  cherry tomatoes and then bake for 20 minutes or so. Standard lasagne. Beautiful.

Yesterday, I put up some shelves, noisily.

For my birthday, many moons ago, boy bought me a bottle of St. Germain, among other things. It’s possibly my favourite drink now, aside from prosecco. I love elderflower. Also, the bottle is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

These are some photos from Arthur’s seat. We clambered up last week on a very very windy day. We had to slide down a little way, and boy got a little scared and took twice as long as anyone else, but aside from that it was beautiful.

I love this city.

love, becs

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