Thursday, 11 December 2014

Reflections



With the New Year getting ever nearer it seems only right to reflect on this past year and start making plans for 2015.  Whilst up in Manchester recently I got chatting to Gray's sister about their happy jar.  Everything that makes them happy that year, no matter how big or small, gets written on a bit of paper and put in the jar for reading over a glass of bubbles on New Years Eve.  I absolutely love this idea and am going to try and do one for 2015.  I say try because I quite often fail at something like this, whether it be write in a new diary or stick to that diet I am very good at saying 'lets do it' and very bad at keeping it going past a couple of weeks.  They also set themselves little goals for the year such as visit two new cities and drink less in the week. 

Now I rarely drink anyway but visiting places in the UK is something Gray and I have already vowed to do.  We have been away for the last few weekends and have had a blast, whilst I wouldn't want to go away every weekend it is something I am determined to keep up.  I have also found out that Gray has only ever been to Scotland once on a stag night so that is where we need to start.  I used to visit Edinburgh once a month a few years ago but haven't been for a number of years now and I think Gray will love it.

Hotel Direct have just launched an Edinburgh Twitter guide to help those in and around Edinburgh pick up tips and advice of things happening nearby.  It covers all sorts of topics from the best places to stay in Edinburgh, the best places to eat along with music and culture.  Apart from all the usual touristy things and Edinburgh being blessed with incredible architecture, Edinburgh is obviously great for shopping but what I really loved was the little independents. I am really looking forward to seeing what has changed and the new treats that await.  I was sad to hear that avalanche records have moved to being online only, I have lost many hours browsing through the CDs and press demos.  I also used to love going to the Liquid Rooms and having a good dance, oh the memories! 

I really need to find out if the Mexican restaurant I used to visit is still there and if it is as good as I remember!  I haven't been able to find one anywhere else that serves such delicious Mexican food though I could quite possibly have bigged it up in my head over the years!  It has almost become my holy grail. I also want to visit a little pub that I fell in love with, I can't quite remember it's name but it was something to do with Frankenstein.  A quick search of google has bought up this place and whilst it is so much bigger than the place I remember it does look really cool.  Anyone know if it's the same place just refurbed?  The place I remember was quite dark and dingy with hidden doors disguised as bookcases.

I would have to squeeze in tea and cake with some of my favourite Edinburgh based bloggers too, oh the excitement.  What's new that I need to make sure I see?  And as always where are the best places for fabric shopping?!

 
 
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12 comments:

  1. Awesome that you're going to Edinburgh! The best place I have found for fabric there is Edinburgh fabrics which is on South Clerk Street (i think) there are others but I like the feel of this one if that makes sense? Also I hope this isn't your mexican but one just shut down due to some politics involving a collapsed roof... (it was supposedly the best). Hope you have fun trip planning!

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    1. Thank you, I will defo look up Edinburgh Fabrics. Oh no, I hope not. It's become the stuff of legends, don't think my husband believes it exists!!

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  2. Aw what a lovely idea! It seems like such a nice way to end a year.

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    1. It's awesome isn't it, definitely stealing it and am going to do my best to keep it going for the year.

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  3. I love the idea of the jar. We usually go to Edinburgh every year just before Christmas and I'm gutted that we are giving it a miss this year. I'd love to know the name of the Mexican and the pub for next time we visit. I can definitely recommend Mimi's Bakehouse. It's a bit of a walk or a short bus ride from princess street but it is AMAZING for afternoon tea and breakfast. I think it would be right up your street. Xx

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    1. You know the way to my heart! I do love a good afternoon tea. If I find either mythical place I will let you know :)

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  4. Love the jar idea, there are days when this could really help. I often get to the end of the year and feel it's been wasted but I'm sure there are more positives than I remember.

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  5. I also used to use Edinburgh Fabrics on South Clerk Street when I was at uni so can recommend that. There's also the Cloth Shop on Bonnington road which is pretty good for fun quilting cottons. Unfortunately Edinburgh's Mandors seems to have closed down but I think it's reopening as another fabric shop at some point.

    For cake I highly recommend Cuckoos Bakery. I think they've won an award for best cupcakes in Scotland. They're on Dundas Street, about a 10 minute walk from Princes St. Mimi's Bakehouse is also excellent. Just nip on a bus at princes street to take you down to Leith. Eteaket is also a favourite place of mine to go to for tea and cake and it's on Frederic Street (just off princes street) so very central. :)

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    1. Mmmmm cake! Cake and fabric are my two favourite things ;)

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  6. Is it this pub by any chance? http://www.eerie-pubs.co.uk/jekyll-hyde

    Your description reminded me of the Pit & Pendulum in Nottingham which is run by the same chain.

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    1. Oh my gosh, yes that is it!! Thank you :D

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  7. I LOVE Edinburgh, I took Mark for the first time this year and he fell in love with it too, hoping to go back next year! The jar idea is really cute too!

    Maria xxx

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