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February 2014

THE DELL DIRECTORY

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WELCOME TO FEBRUARY 2014 Welcome to Feburary Issue In this issue we have great some articles on home improvement, from ‘Project Planning’ to being your own ‘Interior Designer’ please take a look through the magazine for some great advice and tips to help get you started. Now that Christmas is well out of the way, I know most of us will be watching the pennies, there are some great discount offers on our adverts if you mention the magazine. Please pay attention when reading the adverts as you may be missing out on some savings if you don’t quote ‘The Dell Directory’! We’ve had so many requests for the Clubs and Classes pages which are pretty full just now, so therefore we have moved the Library info onto a separate half page of it’s own. Please get in touch if you have a class you would like us to include on these pages of the magazine, there is a little waiting list but we will do our best to accommodate your entry. Again, thank you for taking the time to read through the magazine and support our local businesses. Please get in touch if you have a story or recipe you would like to share we would love to hear from you! Ann. Why not visit our website www.thedelldirectory.co.uk or if you would like to advertise Tel 07843 449 441 or Email: thedelldirectoryedinburgh@gmail.com

CONTENTS Jane-Marie Smith: Simple Living

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Beauty: Secrets of the Professionals Gardening: Pet Project

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Technology Review: Love Food, Love Gadgets

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What’s On

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Clubs & Classes

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Homes & Interiors: Be your own interior designer

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Book Review: True (but unlikely) Romance

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Useful Information

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Recipe: Sausages & Puy Lentils

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Prize Crossword

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Children’s Page

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Health: Banish those winter blues

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Travel: South Africa

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Index of Advertisers:

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The Dell Directory is distributed in the following areas:Colinton Mains, Dreghorn, Redford, Bonaly, Campbell Park, Woodhall, Torphin, Spylaw, Pentland and Craiglockhart. Copies will also be available at our local Libraries Colinton and Oxgangs and some local shops. If you would like to receive a copy please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can also view the magazine online at www. thedelldirectory.co.uk. Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publisher cannot accept responsible for loss, damage oromission caused by error in the printing of an advertisement. The Dell Directory does not endorse any advertising material that appears in this publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All material is accepted for publication on the understanding that it is copyright free. The Dell Directory accepts no liability for any subsequent copyright issues. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Publisher: The Dell Directory. Editor: Ann Brydon. Please think of the environment when you have finished reading the magazine and recycle.

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PLANNING A HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECT A well conceived plan is critical to the success of any home improvement project. Here’s a few things you might need to consider in order to achieve that goal in 2014. • Permission – check with your local council to see if you require either a Building Warrant or Planning Permission prior to undertaking any work. An experienced builder should have an opinion here and if you are employing an Architect they can help you complete and submit the application form. • Quotes – get at least two quotes from registered and experienced trades people who have ideally been recommended by people who’ve used them before. If you’re starting from scratch, always ask for references and follow them up before engaging someone new. • Budgeting – have a budget in mind and keep track of it because it’s easy to get carried away! Include all the items even a ball park figure as fixtures and fittings can add up. And add a 20% contingency for any unexpected changes. • ‘Mood board’ – keep samples of wallpaper, wall colours, furnishing material and even accessories on a board so you can see how everything works together before making any purchases. • Plan – plan, plan and plan some more! Document the steps for a project and keep it updated. That way you can clearly see the impact of any issues on the trades involved, costs and project as a whole. • Enjoy – celebrate your success when the job has been completed! ‘Simple Living’ provides practical support and advice in all areas of your home from de-cluttering and storage solutions to planning and managing projects including redecoration, renovation, selling or moving house. “Thank you once again for bringing order to our chaos. The project is coming along beautifully and is much less stressful. I love my new wardrobe too!” Self Employed Mum, Edinburgh.

To read more about some of the people Simple Living has helped, take a look at www.simplelivingedinburgh.com or contact Jane-Marie Smith on 0131 563 7557.

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Beauty Professional Beauty Secrets: Revealed

Ever wondered how models and actresses manage to look so gorgeous all the time? Well, here’s the low-down on those all important tips and tricks that are used by professionals all over the world. Clever Contouring Kim Kardashian is known for her flawless make-up look which perfectly accentuates her features and draws attention to her razor-sharp cheekbones. Skilled in the art of contouring, her make-up artist cleverly uses cosmetics to emphasis particular parts of her face, which creates her striking trademark look. Here’s how you can get cheekbones which rival Kim’s: Firstly you’ll need to prime your skin. Choose the primer that’s right for you: green toned versions neutralise redness in the skin and mattifying primers eradicate shine. Smooth the product over your entire face, after applying a light moisturiser. Next, select two foundations in two different shades; the first should be one shade lighter than your natural skin tone and the other one shade darker.

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Apply the lighter foundation to the centre of your forehead, bring it down onto the middle of your nose, in a straight line (this will make your nose appear straighter and slimmer), apply under your eyes and to the tops of your cheekbones, then lastly to the centre of your chin. Sweep the darker shade under your cheekbones, along the outer sides of your nose, either side of the lighter colour, and on your temples and jaw line. Blend down onto your neck so that you don’t end up with a visible foundation line. Use a light-reflecting - not a glittery or overly shimmery highlighter to make certain areas of your face really stand out. Apply the product under the arch of your eyebrows, along the tops of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose and on your cupid’s bow. To finish, and to bring the entire look together, dust translucent powder over your entire face and add a touch of colour to the apples of your cheeks using a pink blusher. Perfect Pout Here’s how to achieve a red carpet pout. Grab a neutral-coloured lip liner and begin lining just outside the coloured part of your lips to

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create a full effect. Define your cupid’s bow by drawing a ‘V’ in the centre curve of your top lip, bring the line round and down using soft feathery strokes. Line the curve of the bottom lip with the same light movements, and soften by lightly blending with your finger. Choose a striking shade of red lipstick and carefully apply the colour within the line using a lip brush. Finally add a touch of shimmery clear lip-gloss to the centre of your lips to add instant fullness. Lovely Lashes Long, luscious eyelashes are a must for anyone in the spotlight. Most celebrities will be sporting high quality lash extensions, but you can still achieve an impressive look with just a few basic tools. Eyelash curlers are a must for every woman – they serve to immediately open-up eyes and add shape to lashes. Liquid liner is essential too; not only does it add definition, but it helps to create the look of a thick lash line, so always apply to your upper lashes before your mascara. Choose a quality mascara to lengthen and colour your lashes. Wipe the applicator before use and work the brush through your lashes using a quick side to side motion, ensuring that every area is covered.

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Pet Proofing Your Garden by Pippa Greenwood

There’s always a lot to say about small pests such as greenfly, caterpillars, vineweevil and so forth, but early in the year it’s some of the bigger ‘residents’ which can really drive you around the bend. I’m talking about cats and dogs. We may indeed be a nation of animal lovers, but there is no doubt about it: even a hardened admirer of cats like me occasionally finds it difficult to combine a love of gardening with our own or indeed other people’s favourite furry friends. Cats and dogs may be the nation’s top pets, but they also cause a lot of heartache in the garden. So what can you do to ensure that you continue to garden happily, successfully and safely, despite the fact the garden is visited by cats and dogs… and without harming these lovely creatures either? You may need to consider actively fencing off one part of the garden to be used for your dog, and trying to keep another area completely dog free. If you have problems with dogs coming in from next

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door, then it’s essential that you make repairs to fences promptly. Now is a good time because there is relatively little plant foliage to hide holes, gaps or loose panels in fencing. Remember that the dog is also likely to be able to squeeze underneath or around many types of fence, so you may need to use chicken netting or a similar material too. Don’t forget that gates as well as fences need to be dog-proofed, and never left open for the dog to wander through. If you really have a serious problem that this won’t resolve then you can try a fox deterrent such as ‘Fox-Watch’. Dogs and foxes are closely related so this should have some effect against other people’s dogs. Sometimes a few strategically planted dense and quite prickly shrubs such as pyracantha may help to deter digging paws before they manage to get through to your garden. Obviously you don’t want to cause the animal actual harm, but something sharp, prickly or simply very dense can act as a good deterrent.

Next door’s cat or others in the neighbourhood are trickier to deal with as unfortunately they do tend to try and do their ‘toileting’ along the edges of their own territory, making your garden a prime target area. If your cat or a neighbour’s cat is a problem, bear in mind that the more bare soil there is, the more likely that a cat will start to use it as its loo. Ground cover planting is essential and you could always use temporary annual flowers to fill in gaps between longer term planting. If you find that these too are scuffed up shortly after you have planted them, then the best thing to do is cover newly planted areas of bedding with an arch of chicken mesh or with sticks with taut string tied between them. Obviously this will look a mess but can be removed promptly once the plants have rooted well and started to establish. I have found that the electronic cat deterrent ‘Cat-Watch’ works very well and over a large area too, especially if they are mains-powered. Continued on P15

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Continued from P12 Mulching materials can sometimes cause problems and despite what the label says, many gardeners have told me that they found that the cocoa shell mulches seem to attract cats. Generally speaking soggy mulches like this or anything with a strong smell do tend to deter cats, as they hate digging in moist material. Take extreme care if dogs use the garden as cocoshell mulches can prove fatal to them. Mulches made of large pebbles or stones also tend to keep them at bay, but smaller diameter gravel or shingle seems to be quite attractive to some cats. Some people suggest growing a patch of cat mint to entice the cat away from

your beloved plants, but I find that it simply seems to attract them in and set them off on some kind of a ‘cat high’. Areas of freshly sown seed look very attractive to a cat or dog and again are best protected either by chicken mesh or sticks and string. Remember to keep the string taut at all times, as there’s a slight risk that birds could become entangled in it.

Visit Pippa’s website www. pippagreenwood.com for a great range of gardeningrelated items including ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ veg growing system, electronic cat and fox deterrents, lots of slug controls, Pippa’s favourite weeding tool, and many other useful garden items.

A few years ago I asked readers of my newspaper column their recommendations to keep cats at bay. The vast majority said ‘Olbas Oil’, yes the decongestant. A few drops on used teabags, scatter them in amongst the plants and top the oil up frequently. Definitely worth a try.

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Love Food, Love Gadgets A helping hand to prepare a romantic meal

Valentine’s Day is like Christmas for restaurants, but all too often their love-struck customers end up fobbed off with overpriced set menus and a distinct lack of atmosphere. If it’s true that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, wouldn’t it be better to wow your partner with something you’ve cooked up yourself? Best of all, you can use it as an excuse to splash out on some new kitchen gadgets too.

room for all the attachments, electric choppers can be picked up for around £12.

We’re big fans of Joseph Joseph’s brightly coloured (and quite expensive) cooking gadgets, such as its foldable TriScale (£30), its Elevate raised utensils and its very useful Chop2Pot foldable chopping boards. If the price is a little high you’ll find shopping around online can save you a packet, and there are plenty of more affordable imitations too.

If your partner’s a barbecue fan, don’t let the fact it’s still winter deter you: Philips’ Avance Table Grill promises all the taste of a smoky barbecue without having to leave the house. It looks like a chunky George Foreman grill and at £95 costs quite a bit more than one, but unlike some of George’s grills the plate is detachable and dishwasher safe and you can use its unique infusers to add smoke flavours (from real wood chips) or liquids such as marinades. Just make sure you put it near a cooker hood if you’re using it to smoke your food, or your romantic evening could end up involving the local fire brigade.

Grating, chopping, blending, pureeing, julienning, mixing, do-everything Food processors are fantastic things, and while they can be pricey there are plenty of deals around: a quick bit of online research uncovers Kenwood’s FP736 for £89.99 instead of the £120 RRP, and multi-function blenders such as the Shef Collection for £17.99 instead of £49.99. If that’s still too much or you just don’t have

Some of our favourite gadgets are the simplest ones: Microplane graters were originally designed for woodworking but are fantastic for parmesan and can be found for as little as £10, while mandoline slicers take the effort out of preparing fruit and veg. Expect to pay around £10 to £20 for a good one.

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from tea towels to salad servers. He’s also put his name on Philips’ Homecooker, which promises “a completely fresh approach to cooking”. It’s a cross between a slow cooker and a food processor, and it chops, slices, shreds, grates, cooks, stirs, steams and keeps cooked food warm. The HomeCooker is a fairly frightening £250, and if you want one you’ll have to go to John Lewis. No romantic dinner would be complete without a nice bottle of wine, but if you’re worried about wrestling with a traditional corkscrew there are plenty of alternatives. Le Creuset’s Screwpulls make opening wine particularly easy, and while the larger models cost around £30 you can pick up plastic ones for around £11. They’re much easier to use than traditional corkscrews and less likely to damage the cork, although if you’d rather keep things oldschool you can pick up a waiter’s friend corkscrew for as little as £2.45. Even good ones won’t cost much more than £10. Images left to right: Joseph Joseph TriScale; Screwpull Corkscrew; Jamie Oliver Homecooker; Philips Avance Table Grill

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WHAT’S ON HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE! Need some ideas this month? Kids to keep entertained this February break? Take your pick from the locally organised events and have a ponder over the city based and beyond family outings suggested below.

ON YOUR DOORSTEP Colinton Local History Society - Winter Talks. 8pm. Dreghorn Loan Church Hall. Mon 17th Feb - Prepare for Battle- The Bannockburn Experience. Mon 3rd MarchRobert Louis Stevenson, son of Colinton. Colinton Literary Society - Winter Talks. 8pm. Dreghorn Loan Church Hall. Wed 19th Feb- The Lothian Birth Cohort Study. New Adventures in Cognitive Ageing Research. Wed 5th March- How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear. Colinton Garden Club - Winter Talks 8pm.Dreghorn Loan Church Hall. Mon 24th Feb.A Hobby that got out of hand & Plant Sale - Stella Rankin. South Morningside Primary - Holiday Club Keep your kids entertained in the February Break. All primary school students welcome (they don’t have to attend South Morningside). Outings organised, games, arts & crafts, painting & baking! Phone 0131 447 6800. Craiglockhart Leisure & Tennis Centre. February Break Camps. Mon 17th- Fri 21st February. Activator Gold Camp 5-13 years old. A full programme for all ages. To book phone 0131 443 0101 or email: info.clc@edinburghleisure.co.uk. George Watson’s College - Holiday Club Mon 17th- Fri 21st Feb . Open to all P1-P7 years. Contact Care Manager 0131 446 6085 or download booking form www.gwc.org.uk/beyond-the-classroom/holiday-activities Colinton Food Market Every second Friday of the month. 4pm- 6.30pm. St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church. Fresh bread, fish, fruit and veg and organic eggs and more! Colinton Market Place First Saturday of every month 2-4pm St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church. An ever changing market place full of handmade goods and quality gifts.

CLOSER TO HOME Homecoming Scotland 2014: Wha’s Like Us? A Nation of Dreams & Ideas National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. From Adam Smith to Dolly the Sheep, Scotland has been – and continues to be – a hotbed of ideas, innovation, creativity, and dreams. The National Library of Scotland have created an alphabet of achievement which presents a broad selection of the many ways in which Scottish influence has extended around the globe. Mon- Fri 10am- 5pm. Sat 10am- 5pm & Sun 2pm- 5pm. Free Entry.

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Winter Tree ID Woodlands Through History. Corstorphine Hill. Sat 15th February. 10am- 1pm. Email ruth@elgt.org.uk or phone 0131 445 4025 Organised by Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust. Free but booking essential. The Jack & Jill Market Sunday 16th February 10.30am- 1.30pm. 60 stalls offering quality, nearly-new baby and kids clothes, toys, buggies, bikes, equipments etc (0-9yrs) Meadowbank Stadium. Hopetoun Snowdrop Walk Sunday 16th February. Hopetoun House South Queensferry. Guided Walk .2pm-3.30pm. As part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival join our Ranger and explore Hopetoun’s Grounds and witness the beautiful, white carpet of snowdrops on the woodland floor. Adults £4.25 and Children £2.50. Tel 0131 319 3956. Friday Afternoon Fun - The National Museum of Scotland From Feb 14th from 1.30pm- 4.30pm. Ages 4 - 9 years. Drop by for free activities. Explore the fascinating handling collections- from Mammals & Vikings to Victorians! Tel: 0300 123 6789. The Tattoo Fox- at The Scottish Storytelling Centre Fri 21st Feb- 10.30-11.30am. £5.00 per child. 4-13 years old. 43-45 High Street. Tel: 0131 556 9579. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a world - renowned event with a secret fan... a fox that lives on the Castle’s Esplanade! Tales and a complimentary activity pack. Edinburgh Corn Exchange - Edinburgh Wedding Fair. 1st & 2nd March. 11am- 4.30pm. The largest must attend event for Brides and Grooms in the East of Scotland. Brides go free. A great day out with great advice from all the professionals. www.edinburghweddingfair.com Amateur Musicians and Speakers Competition 5th- 15th March. This festival is an opportunity for amateur musicians and speakers of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator. For details: email@ecfest.org. uk or www.ecfest.org.uk

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CLUBS & CLASSES EXERCISE & FITNESS AND CHILDRENS GROUPS Colinton Lawn Tennis Club 10 Westgarth Avenue. Tel: 0131 441 1052 or 07779 010577 Colinton Bowling Club 49a Redford Road. Contact: 0131 441 2964 Colinton Mains Bowling Club 221 Oxgangs Road North (next to Colinton Mains Park). Outdoor bowling, adults and juniors (age 9-16), April-September. Dominoes and Whist off-season. Contact: 0131-477 4400 Badminton Club Monday 8pm-10pm. Sept- March. Contact: Archie Clark on 0131 449 4703. Location: St Cuthberts Church Hall. Westgarth Av. Scottish Dancing Alternate Thursdays. 7.45pm- 9.15pm Sept- March. Contact: Ann Dean on 0131 441 3729. Location: St Cuthberts Church Hall. Westgarth Av. StableRoom Playgroups Happy and stimulating playgroups from 2-5 years old. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Colinton Parish Church. 9.15am- 11.45am. Term Time. Contact: 0131 477 9494 Email: stableroom@hotmail.co.uk StableRoom Baby and Toddler Group Thursdays 9.30 - 11.30am (during term time) at Colinton Parish Church, Dell Rd. Contact Tracey on 07813 123803 or Joanne on 07880 708706 Zumba Fitness Classes For details go to: www.progressfitness.co.uk Freestyle Fitness Yoga Classes For details go to: www.progressfitness.co.uk Colinton Baby & Toddler Group St Cuthberts Church Hall, Westgarth Avenue. Mon 9.30-11.15am during term time. www.colintontoddlers.co.uk or contact colintonbabyandtoddlergroup@yahoo.co.uk Happy Faces Toddler Group Every Tuesday morning during term time- 9.30-11.30 am £1 admission. Drop in. Colinton Parish Church. Contact Nichola on 441 9055

SOCIAL, LOCAL INTEREST & OTHER Friendly Bridge Colinton Cottage Homes. Every Tuesday. 2-4pm. Tel 0131 4412962 Colinton Garden Club Meets 4th Monday of every month. Dreghorn Loan Hall 8.00pm. September to April. Email: membership@colintongardens.org.uk www.colintongardens.org.uk Colinton Amateur Orchestral Society Meets Tuesday 7.30pm- 9.30pm. Location: St Cuthberts Church Hall. Westgarth Av. Email: secretary@colintonorchestra.org.uk Colinton Townswomen Meets 2nd Thursday of every month from 2-4pm Location: St. Cuthberts Church, Westgarth Avenue. Contact: 0131 441 6643. Colinton Local History Society Meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 8pm. Amusing and Educational Speaker Programme. Location: Dreghorn Loan Hall Contact: Derek Douglas: 0131 441 3335 Colinton Singing Group “MOSTLY MADRIGALS” We are a small group who sing for pleasure fortnightly on Wednesday evenings. We currently have vacancies for Sopranos. Contact Sonia Duffy on 0131 441 7434. Colinton Community Conservation Trust A registered charity aiming to preserve the natural and cultural heritage in and around Colinton. For membership details write to the Treasurer. 42 Pentland Avenue EH13 OHY Colinton Literary Society The “Lit” meet Wednesdays (Oct-Mar) at 8pm. Location: Dreghorn Loan Hall Contact: Ann-Marie West 0131 446 0150 Morningside & Newington Floral Art Meet 1st Monday of the month 7.30pm-9.15pm. Boroughmuir Rugby Club (off Colinton Road.) Contact Joyce Rutherford on 0131 443 2536 Military Wives Choir April - June. Free- no audition! Tues 6pm- 7.30pm. Dreghorn Barracks Band Block. Tel 0131 310 2876 or email: edinburghmwc@gmail.com Edinburgh Popular Music Choir- Now Recruiting! No experience needed. Need both men and women ages 18-80! Choir office Morningside School of Music 138 Comiston Road. Tel 0131 447 1117 Email: linda@polarflamemusic.com

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Further complimenting our existing Care Homes, Lorimer House and Struan Lodge, Lindemann Healthcare are proud to add Thorburn Manor. Set amongst rich flora and fauna in The marriage between the Grade “C” the midst of the peaceful Colinton listed schoolhouse and our purpose built Dell – a pleasant stretch of greenery

extension provides the perfect setting to

nestled along the Water of Leith – is allow our dedicated team deliver the a picturesque, well-kept community. highest quality care to our residents. Colinton village is a charming and

The home is registered to cater for 34 highly sought-after suburb of Edinburgh, residents set in luxurious single rooms a former former mill town which has has with en-suite shower wet room facilities. retained a quaint village feel and some quite historic buildings.

Residents can enjoy regular activities, relax in our library area, choose from

Located on the site of the former Bonaly

our quiet lounges or our stunning main School, Thorburn Manor, is a thoughtfully lounge which opens onto the beautifully designed care home to cater for older landscaped gardens. people with a range of care needs including dementia and palliative care.

Contact Us Thorburn Manor Nursing Home, 2a Thorburn Road Edinburgh EH13 0BQ Telephone: 0131 441 6984 Fax: 0131 629 2298

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Colinton Private Nursery for children aged 3 months to 5 years Government funded pre–school places available. Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Part and full-time places available Experienced and Qualified staff Private garden and secure outdoor play area, well equiped to provide a stimulating and play learning environment For further information or to arrange a visit please telephone Judith McGuigan on 0131 477 7330 We also have nurseries in Colinton Village & Grange please contact... Andrea Melville Grange Private Nursery 0131 477 4504

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Be Your Own Interior Designer

Fired Earth offers a design service for bathrooms and kitchens (0845 293 8798; firedearth.com).

It can be a tricky business, interior designing. There’s much more to it than pretty colours and nice cushions. Creating a successful space involves a complex blend of practical and aesthetic considerations, from flooring that’s hard-wearing and looks great to lighting that illuminates the right areas and helps create an appropriate mood. As well as the nitty gritty of wiring and plumbing, there’s wallpaper, paint colours and fabric to select, window treatments to decide on, storage to incorporate, furniture to choose and finishing touches to arrange. How can you ensure that you do it correctly? Never fear: it’s simply a question of taking things step by step, using a straightforward, logical approach. As all professional interior designers know, careful planning is invaluable in helping firm up your ideas, work out your budget and

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Whether you’re planning a room from scratch or freshening up an existing scheme, it can be hard to know where to start. The answer is to think like a professional, says Katherine Sorrell

timetable and, above all, avoid expensive mistakes. So before you rush in with your paintbrush, spend a little time with some graph paper, a sharp pencil, scissors and swatches. They really are the secret to successful interior design. First comes space planning. Measure your room accurately and draw a plan to scale on graph paper, marking in windows, doors, fireplaces, fitted cupboards, pipes, radiators, plug sockets, light fittings and so on. Consider the room’s size and shape, and its architectural style. Will they affect the way in which you decorate? Are there special considerations, such as lack of space or light, or an important original feature? At this stage, consider whether it would be helpful to move a wall, pipe or radiator, enlarge a window, hang the door the other way around or add extra plug sockets or light switches. Perhaps you can

conceal wiring or pipework, or build in some extra storage? Once you have gone through all the options – consulting a structural engineer if your changes are major ones – you can draw up a final plan. Next, plan the positions of major items of furniture. On a separate sheet of graph paper, sketch the approximate shapes of your furnishings, as if you were looking at them from above, using the same scale as your room plan. Then simply cut them out, place them on your master plan and assess how well they fit in to the space, ensuring that you allow enough activity room between and around them. Think about who uses the room, when and how. On a practical level, is it going to work? Move your ‘furniture’ around as necessary and, eventually, Continued on P28

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size they’ll be in real life, so that a curtain fabric swatch is much larger than, say, one representing a cushion. You can also include small real items (or parts of them) such as tie-backs and trims, rope or timber. Your sample board can be highly representative or, perhaps, more of a suggestion of general colours and styles – it’s up to you.

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the optimum arrangement will become apparent. You should now have the basics of a functional, comfortable room. To complement the floorplan and ensure that all the decorative elements of a room work together, professional designers create a ‘sample board’: a visual memo of all the different pieces that go towards making up the room.

Then, take a large piece of neutral-coloured card as a base, and arrange the images or swatches on it. It helps if you place the samples roughly in accordance with where they will be in the room – flooring at the bottom, pendant lights near the top and furniture in the middle, for example. With all the ingredients together, you’ll have a really

Before you start, you’ll need to find some images – printed off websites, cut out of magazines or brochures, or your own photographs or sketches – of your proposed furniture, flooring, lighting and accessories, as well as swatches of fabric, wallpaper and paint. Try to keep the samples in proportion to the

effective overview of how colours, patterns, shapes and textures work together, and can easily move things around, take them away or add to them. Are there too many smooth textures or is there too much of one colour? Do your patterns clash or your furniture styles jar? With a well thought-out sample board you can easily assess the overall effect. Paint swatches to the right show colours by Mylands (020 8670 9161; coloursoflondon.co.uk). Top to bottom: Burlington Arcade no 216, Eaton Square no 232 and Bloomsbury no 267, £28.12 for 2.5l traditional emulsion. By Katherine Sorrell

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True (But Unlikely)Romance From the deepest, darkest depths of mid-winter comes a heart-warming glow: Valentines’ Day. But not every pairing is a match made in heaven; some love stories are short stories, and others fail to spark at all. We’ve put together a selection of more unorthodox teenage love stories. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green Terminally-ill Hazel is living on borrowed time thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, but just when she thinks her own story is already written in the stars, into the Cancer Kid Support Group walks Augustus. Tragically heart-breaking and yet funny to boot, this is a brilliantlywritten story of two individuals, coming together in the most unlikely of places and finding that life is often full of the most exquisite pain. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky Always being on the periphery and one of life’s observers certainly may seem to have its advantages. Fifteen year old Charlie is the ‘wallflower’ in question and through a series of letters, reveals his fears about starting high school. Unusually for him, he is quickly befriended by a Senior called Patrick and becomes ingratiated into his group. Far from being another lighthearted high-school novel, the book tackles issues such as homophobia and incest. Charlie has a tough road ahead of him as he tries to come to terms with his past and learn to embrace his future.

Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgewick Eric and Merle love each other but are separated by time and space. If you’ve ever thought that you lived another life, in another time, then spare a thought for this pair. The novel has seven stories which span the centuries, from ancient civilisations to the not-toodistant future and find Eric and Merle trying desperately to return to one another. Reincarnated as lovers, siblings, and even mother and son, they are repeatedly drawn back to each other. In this, the most unusual of gothic romances, the pair will eventually have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

most terrible of love triangles will have you hooked right up until the last page. Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli Millions of readers have fallen in love with Stargirl, as does Leo, whose heart this kooky, alternative girl wins when she turns up at his high school. Jerry Maguire had his girl at ‘hello’; Stargirl only needs to smile for Leo to fall for her. She’s quirky and imaginative; a mysterious being with a celestial name and no one quite knows where she’s from or where she’s going. Whatever your age, Stargirl will stay with you, like a brand new friend.

Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pitcher It’s not just desperate women who start penning letters to people who are in penitentiaries. 15 year old Zoe decides to unburden herself of her story to a prisoner on Death Row. So terrible is her secret that she feels she can’t reveal what happened to anyone else and so Zoe writes to Stuart Harris in Texas. Zoe’s tale is packed with teenage angst, with the right smattering of humour thrown in. Her letters of betrayal and the

Every Day, David Levithan Whenever you think you’re not quite feeling yourself, spare a thought for ‘A’. Every morning, A wakes up in a different body, and it’s been that way since A was born. The instability and uncertainty has become the only constant in A’s life. That is, until A meets Rhiannon. On that fateful morning, A wakes up as none other than Rhiannon’s good for nothing boyfriend, Justin. From 24 wonderful hours grows a longing to be near someone and with someone, no matter what it takes.

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USEFUL INFORMATION COMMUNITY REPRESENTATION Edinburgh City Council www.edinburgh.gov.uk Local Councillors: Colinton/Fairmilehead Elaine Aitken - Conservative – 0131 529 4282 Buckstone Primary, 3rd Monday Term Time 6.30pm Jason Rust - Conservative – 0131 529 4953 Colinton Library, 1st Monday 7pm Richard Lewis - SNP – 0131 529 4974 Bonaly Primary School – 1st Monday every month at 7pm (term time) Oxgangs Library – 3rd Monday every month at 7pm (term time) Colinton Amenity Association www.colinton-amentity.org.uk Firrhill Community Council – www.firrhillcommunitycouncil.btck.co.uk Pentland Community Centre – 0131 445 287 www.edinburgh.gov.uk LEISURE Edinburgh Leisure – 0131 458 2100 www.edinburghleisure.co.uk MEDICAL Colinton Pharmacy – 0131 441 2352 Mon-Fri: 9-1pm & 2-5.45pm. Sat: 9-5pm Colinton Mains Pharmacy – 0131 441 3388 Times- Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm. Saturday- 9am- 1pm. Closed daily between 1pm and 2pm. Colinton Surgery – 0131 441 4555 www.colintonsurgery.co.uk Mon- Fri 8am- 6pm Firrhill Medical Centre – 0131 441 3119 Mon- Fri 8am- 6pm Royal Infirmary – 0131 536 1000 www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk Sick Kids Hospital – 0131 536 0000 www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk NHS 24 – 08454 24 24 24 www.nhs24.com POST OFFICES & LIBRARIES Colinton Post Office – 0131 441 1003 www.postoffice.co.uk Mon- Fri 9am- 5.30pm. Sat 9am- 12.30pm Colinton Mains Post Office – 0131 441 2657 www.postoffice.co.uk Mon- Fri 9am- 5.30pm. Sat 9am- 12.30pm

Colinton Library – 0131 529 5603 www.edinburgh.gov.uk Mon, Wed: 1pm-8pm, Tue, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat: 10am-2pm Oxgangs Library – 0131 529 5549 www.edinburgh.gov.uk Mon, Tues, Wed 10am-8pm. Thurs, Fri Sat 10am- 5pm. Sun- 1-5pm PROPERTY ESPC – 0131 624 8000 www.espc.co.uk SAFETY Association of Scottish Neighbourhood Watches – 01786 450 145, www.aosnw.co.uk Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111 SCHOOLS Bonaly Primary School – 0131 441 7211 www.bonaly.edin.sch.uk Colinton Primary School – 0131 441 1946 www.colintonprimaryschool.wordpress.com Firrhill High School – 0131 441 4501 www.firrhillhighschool.org.uk Merchiston Castle School – 0131 312 2200 www.merchiston.co.uk Oxgangs Primary School – 0131 441 3649 www.oxgangs.edin.sch.uk St Marks RC Primary School – Tel 0131 441 2948 www.st-marks.edin.sch.uk UTILITIES Electricity Power Loss – 0845 27 27 999 www.sppowersystems.co.uk Gas Emergency – 0800 111 999 www.nationalgrid.com/uk/gas Scottish Water 24 hours – 0845 600 8855 www.scottishwater.co.uk Cleansing & Special Uplifts – 0131 666 2623 www.edinburgh.gov.uk (environmental health) TRAVEL & TRANSPORT Train Times and Enquiries – 0845 748 49 50 www.networkrail.co.uk Edinburgh Airport – 0870 040 0007 www.edinburghairport.com Traveline Scotland – 0871 200 22 33 www.travelinescotland.com Lothian Buses – 0131 555 6363 www.lothianbuses.com

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Sausages and Puy Lentils Serves 4

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If you fancy a change from the usual sausage and mash why not go Continental? Tasty Toulouse sausages wrapped in pancetta and served on a bed of flavoursome puy lentils make the perfect mid-week meal. Ingredients: • 225g puy lentils • 225g shallots, peeled and halved • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp brown sugar • 150ml vegetable stock • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard • 8 Toulouse or chunky pork sausages • 8 rashers pancetta or smoked streaky bacon, stretched with the back of a knife • 2 tsp clear honey • 3 tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

Tip Try your local butcher or deli or visit a farmers’ market to find the best quality Continental-style sausages. If you can’t find Toulouse sausages, Lincolnshire, Cumberland or pork and leek varieties will work just as well.

Place the lentils in a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan and fry the shallots for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just starting to soften. Sprinkle over the brown sugar and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until the shallots are golden and caramelised. Drain the lentils and add to the frying pan with the stock, vinegar and 2 tsp of the mustard. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the lentils are just tender. Stir occasionally and add a little more stock, if necessary. While the lentils are cooking, wrap each sausage with a pancetta rasher. Cook under a medium-hot grill for 8-10 minutes, turning frequently until the sausages are almost cooked through. Mix together the rest of the mustard with the honey and brush over the sausages. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the pancetta is crisp and browned. Stir half the parsley into the lentils and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve the lentils and sausages on warmed plates garnished with the remaining parsley.

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COLINTON & OXGANGS LIBRARIES Colinton Library – Tel: 0131 529 5603 Teenage Book Club For S1-S3 will be held on the first Tuesday of the month 4pm - 4.45pm

Chatterbooks 8-11yrs. 1st Mon of Month 4pm - 5pm

Book Club Last Tuesday of every month 2 - 3pm. Last Wednesday of every month 6.30 - 7.30pm Book Groups First Wednesday of the month at 10:15am and 6:30pm Learn Ebay Wed 6.30pm - 7.30pm Chatterbooks 8 - 10yrs. 3rd Tues of Month 3.45pm - 4.45pm Oxgangs Library – Tel: 0131 529 5549

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Childrens Arts & Crafts Last Friday of the month 2.30pm - 3.30pm 0-3 years Tuesdays 2.15 - 2.45pm & Fridays 10.30am-11am.

Share a Story Children 2-5 years. Mon 10.30 - 11.00am Childrens Arts and Crafts Friday 2.30 - 3.30pm Book Bug! 0-3 yrs. Alternate Thursday and Friday at 11:00am. Yap and Yarn Tuesday at 10:30am. Sunday Funday for Children 2:30pm. Baby and Me Bookgroup Tuesday at 1:15pm

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Banish Those Winter Blues Often, you can cope with the start of winter. It may be dark, cold and wet, but the early months are full of celebrations to lift your spirits until the New Year and its ‘fresh start’. A few weeks later, your resolutions are in tatters. The days are still dark, meaning you drag yourself out of bed and then feel like the day is over by dinner time. You may be just fed up, but you could be suffering from ‘Winter Blues’. So here’s how to survive the winter. • Let There Be Light! - Lack of sunlight can increase melatonin levels (making you sleepy and lethargic) and reduce serotonin levels (affecting mood and appetite). It’s also thought to influence your ‘body clock’ (your circadian rhythm that controls body functions). So spend time outside. When indoors, try to work or relax near a window. A sunrise clock may help you wake up; they aim to bring your body out of sleep gently, by gradually increasing the light they emit. • Stay Warm - If your body is fighting to keep you warm, you’ll feel sluggish and struggle to concentrate. Keep yourself as warm as possible; wear layers and heat your home adequately. What about spending time somewhere else warm and cosy - a pub or library? • Eat and Drink Healthily - Warm, stodgy food and extra tea and coffee seem tempting when we’re chilly and low, but resist – think hot but healthy. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables of different colours and choose low sugar, low fat alternatives to stodgy puddings. Healthy soups are a great winter warmer, as are fruit teas, orange juice with cinnamon, honey and lemon, or malted drinks made with skimmed milk or hot water (but beware versions loaded with fat and sugar). • Socialise - There’s scientific proof that the company of others, particularly if laughing and hugging is involved, is great for our wellbeing. So invite friends round, go visiting and attend sociable gatherings wherever possible. • Exercise - Exercise will warm you up, increase your immunity and alertness and make you feel good too. So bundle yourself up for a walk outdoors on brighter days, and find an indoor activity you enjoy – perhaps an exercise or dance DVD or video game. Whatever you do, your mind and body will feel better for it. When you’re not just blue, but SAD Over 2 million people in the UK suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a more severe form of Winter Blues. SAD is at its worst from December to February when days are shortest, and causes either depression, or mood swings between depression and hyper-energy. Sometimes stress or trauma such as bereavement or a new baby seems to be a trigger, and it’s most prevalent in 18-30 year olds. If you are a sufferer, you can help yourself by: • Following the Winter Blues advice above • Trying a light box Therapeutic light boxes, available to buy or rent, produce light that’s at least ten times as intense as normal daylight. Rent one first to see if it works for you. • Seeing your GP They may suggest counselling or CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) or in some circumstances, antidepressants or a structured course of light therapy. For support and information, visit http://www.sada.org.uk/ (The Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (SADA)) or http://www.sad.org.uk/ By Alison Runham

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South Africa The Garden Route By Solange Hando Such a lovely name seems far too humble for the magnificent southern coast of the Western Cape. Stretching for some 200 km along the Indian Ocean, from Mossel Bay to the Tsitsikamma National Park, this is a largely untamed African Garden of rugged shores and virgin beaches, lagoons and lakes, mountains, gorges, flowers and forests of conifer and red and yellow wood. Heather and fynbos bloom purple and gold along the paths and myriads of birds weave their nests in lush greenery. Half way between the Cape and Port Elizabeth, ‘Route 62’ reaches George, the main town, where pride of place goes to the superb transport museum gleaming with steam engines and vintage trains, including the royal carriage of George VI. The last steam train recently ceased operations though Friends hope it may reopen. At the moment, a ‘powervan’, a bus running on rail, carries excited visitors on the same scenic line laced with tunnels, viaducts and bridges, and up the dramatic Outeniqua mountains, named after the honey bees once buzzing on flower-covered slopes. The range follows the coast, dropping steeply on the northern side where

the arid lands of Little Karoo beckon with ostrich farms and a meagre shade. On this legendary Garden Route, luxuriant nature reserves flourish alongside a sprinkling of coastal resorts haunted by surf and sun seekers. Popular Plettenberg is a great place to watch dolphins and whales, especially in the southern winter, while at the heart of the National Lake Area, Knysna is famed for its festivals, oysters and colonies of seabirds. It’s an attractive place festooned in bottle brush and bougainvillea and down in the bay, honeycoloured rocks are battered by the waves. Along the coast, Mossel Bay hugs a fine crescent of white sands where Bartolomeu Dias, the first navigator to sail around the tip of Africa, landed in 1488. This little gem also claims the oldest ‘post office’, a tree, still standing, they say, where sailors of yore left messages before returning to sea. Created in 2009, the Garden Route National Park covers an amazing range of eco-systems from the Knysna Lake Area to the Tsitsikamma and Wilderness national parks. Framed by mountains and forests, fringed by pristine beaches, lakes and waterways, Wilderness has wetlands of international

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importance, meadows bursting with spring flowers and nature trails where you might spot myriad kingfishers and vervet monkeys. On the eastern edge of the Garden Route, you reach Tsitsikamma, a true paradise for nature lovers, both on land and sea where you can snorkel along underwater trails and explore the reefs. Meanwhile in the forest, baboons forage around as a dappled light filters through the lofty cathedrallike canopy. Yellowwoods draped in lichen reach up to 50 metres, mosses and ferns carpet the valley floor and crystal clear streams babble in the undergrowth. The woody scent of fynbos lingers in the air and there are sparkling waterfalls and lots of trails stretching across cliffs and rivers to Nature’s Valley. Hikes range from a short walk to the mouth of the Storms River and its vertiginous suspension bridge, to the 42 km long Otter trail along the coast, with a chance to swim and ford a river or two. But most exciting of all is a sudden flash of olive green in a nearby tree as a beautiful Knysna Lourie, one of the most elusive birds in the park, takes off in the canopy.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS A quick and easy reference guide to all services in The Dell Directory ARIEL & SATELLITE SERVICE Douglas S Mackay

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GARDENING Capital Gardening RKB Home & Garden

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ARCHITECT MDA Studio Novo Design Andy Ross

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BUILDER J M Builders

GAS HEATING & SERVICING Les Weir Geoff Lennie

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CARPENTER/JOINER SMC Joinery Liberton Joinery Pro-Cut Joinery

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HAIRDRESSING Kim O’Donnell Hairdressing Moodz Hairdressing Colinton Hair Design

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HOME CARE SERVICES Bluebird Care

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CARPETS James Erskine

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CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST Colinton Chiropody Pentland Foot Care

LOCKSMITHS 1st Call Locksmiths

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NURSERY Colinton Private Nursery

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OVEN CLEANING The Clean Team

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OvenSmartz

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CLEANING SERVICES Fiona’s House Cleaning Scott’s Premier Cleaning Daily Poppins

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COMPUTER SERVICES Capital PC Repairs

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Colinton PC Solutions

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COMPLIMENTARY THERAPIES Dee O’Donnell

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The Alexander Technique

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PLAYGROUP/CHILDCARE Happy Faces

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PERSONAL ASSISTANT Cliff Dalley

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PET SERVICES Kibbles Mill Edinburgh

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Colinton Country Cattery

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DECORATORS Kenneth Bayne Lamb

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Heritage Decorators

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PLUMBING & DRAINS Shandon Plumbing

Ian Hodgson & Co

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DENTIST Colinton Dental Practice

Alex Hunter Plumbing

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RESIDENTIAL CARE Thorburn Manor

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RE-UPHOLSTERY James Erskine Absolute Upholstery

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DRIVING LESSONS Cook Driver Training

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ELECTRICIAN Bryter Electrical Ltd D Sykes Electrical

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FITNESS CLASSES Susan Cockburn

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FIREPLACE SUPPLIERS Traditional Fire Surrounds

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FISH MERCHANT Mark Horsburgh

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ROOFING & BUILDING SERVICES Stormshield Edinburgh Roofing Services Weatherproof Edinburgh Quality Builders

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TREE SURGEION Delise Tree Solutions

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Edinburgh Quality Builders Ltd

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