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Taking the champion’s cup home for haggis…

Nigel Ovens – the Award Winning Scottish Butcher (Mearns T McCaskie) accepting his award from Louise Harley of Hamlyn Grampian Oats, sponsors of the award.

In May this year, local butcher Mearns T McCaskie was crowned Scottish champion for its homemade haggis. The shop also won the title of West of Scotland Champion for its beef burger and Reserve Champion in Scotland for pork sausages. Owner Nigel Ovens described the win as one of his best days in his business career and to win the haggis champion was like the Holy Grail for butchers. The business plans to build a production facility at the rear of its Wemyss Bay shop to focus on production and development of their award-winning Haggis. Nigel tells us ‘At McCaskie’s we always aim to always deliver




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top quality. Average is never good enough for us. Our awards by our industry peers mean the world to us.These awards also bring extra footfall to both our shop in Wemyss Bay and onto our website.  The awards help bring extra revenue that we can use to secure better products, deliver an even better service and it also gives our staff a more secure future. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers who believe in quality. It’s always you we try to impress. It’s you we depend on to spread the word and help other people enjoy the McCaskie experience’.

Hark in the Park

Sunday 23rd August 12 noon – 5pm Hark in the Park promises to be a fantastic family event, organised by Gourock Rotary Club to raise cash for very worthwhile causes. “The event will take place in Gourock Park’s Music Pavilion, which is located within the Park’s Walled Garden, just beside Broomberry Drive. The fantastic line up of entertainment includes popular music from folk group Reely Jiggered; eclectic group The Drams; rock band Beautiful Expectations; - The WOOPI Singers (supported by Gourock Rotary’s male voice choir);- Ayrshire’s Drummin’ Wummen;- Local singer & guitarist Davy Nicol (whose recent music was an Album of the Week on BBC Scotland’s Iain Anderson Show) and more! There will also be loads for the kids to do including bouncy castle, face-painting, balloon-modelling, badge-making, etc. For grown-ups, Greenock Classic Car Club will have a number of their beautifully restored vehicles on display. Fast food and ice-cream outlets will be available. There will be no admission fee; however, we will be seeking donations from the audience to support the chosen charities for this day: ‘Children in Poverty Inverclyde’ and the ‘1st Gourock Scout Troop’ as well as the international emergency relief charity ‘Disaster Aid UK’. The attractions are open from 12 noon and the musical entertainment is from 1pm until 5pm.


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Money matters Avoiding a flat tyre on a deserted road without a spare

We asked Robert this month to speak on the subject of diversification, a concept he explains as “many eggs in the one basket” I had been speaking with my wife this week on the fact that her 4x4 SUV was getting older and that maybe it was time to think of a change before large repair bills started to creep in. This got me thinking. Owners of so called “all-purpose” vehicles often appreciate their cars most when they leave smooth city roads for rough country roads, or when the snow arrives in winter. In investment, highly diversified portfolios can provide similar appreciation and reassurance. In blue skies and open motorways, city cars might cruise along just as well as sturdier sports utility vehicles. But the real test of the vehicle occurs when the road and weather conditions deteriorate. That’s why people who travel through different terrains often invest in a SUV. They want to accommodate a range of environments, but without sacrificing too much in fuel economy and performance. Structuring an appropriate portfolio involves similar decisions. You need an allocation that can withstand a range of investment climates while being mindful of fees and taxes. When certain sectors or stocks are performing strongly, it can be tempting to chase returns in one area. But if the underlying conditions deteriorate, you can end up like a motorist on a deserted road with a flat and no spare. Likewise, when the market performs badly, the temptation might be to hunker down completely. But if the investment skies brighten and the roads improve, you risk missing out. One common solution is to shift strategies according to the climate. But this is a tough, and potentially costly, challenge. It is the equivalent of keeping two cars in the garage when you only need one. You’re paying double the insurance, double the registration and double the upkeep costs.

An alternative is to build a single diversified portfolio. That means spreading risk in a way that helps ensure your portfolio captures what global markets have to offer while reducing unnecessary risks. In any one period, some parts of the portfolio will do well. Others will do poorly. You can’t predict which. But that is the point of diversification. Now, it is important to remember that you can never completely remove risk in any investment. Even a well-diversified portfolio is not bulletproof. We saw that in 2008-09 when there were broad losses in markets. But you can still work to minimise risks you don’t need to take. These include exposing your portfolio unduly to the influences of individual stocks or sectors or countries or relying on the luck of the draw. An example is those people who made big bets on mining stocks in recent years or on technology stocks in the late 1990s. These concentrated bets might pay off for a little while, but it is hard to build a consistent strategy out of them And those fads aren’t free. It’s hard to get your timing right and it can be costly if you’re buying and selling in a hurry. By contrast, owning a diversified portfolio is like having an all-weather, all-roads, fuel-efficient vehicle in your garage. This way you’re smoothing out some of the bumps in the road and taking out the guesswork. Because you can never be sure which markets will outperform from year to year, diversification increases the reliability of the outcomes and helps you capture what the global markets have to offer. Add discipline and efficient implementation to the mix and you get a structured solution that is both low-cost and tax-efficient. There will be rough roads ahead, for sure. But with the right investment vehicle and the right financial planner, the ride will be a more comfortable one. The views in this article are personal and provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as recommendation by the publisher or investment advice by the contributor as laid down by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Running a business can be just like going on holiday

Accountant Rosalind Woollard on the need for proper planning... We’re in the middle of the holiday season, and as we all know, without proper planning, holidays can be hard work! Accountant Rosalind Woollard maintains that planning a happy and successful holiday is a metaphor for running a business. You need to know where you are going, how you are going to get there, who is going with you – and how you are going to pay for it all. And as with most things in life, preparation is essential for success.

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Research is key to selection the holiday destination that will suit you and yours – and it is also vital to securing your position in the market place. There’s an old saying that when you go on holiday, take half the clothes you intended to pack and twice the money! Adequate financial backing, positive cash flow and a contingency fund for emergencies is important for business success. Hope for the best and plan for the worst is an appropriate philosophy that can be applied to both happy travelling and profitable trading. Rosalind said: “When things go wrong, it is important to keep a cool head – and be ready to take remedial action.” She added: “When you go on holiday, it is great to leave your business cares behind you. But when you are lying on that sunny beach, walking the hills or indulging in your sporting passion, you might take a moment for quiet reflection on how your business is progressing. “Getting away from the day-to-day pressures of work can give us a different perspective. “And whatever your line of business, make sure you have a happy holiday!” Rosalind’s clients include local tradesmen and women and a range of family-owned businesses. Rosalind said: “What we offer is accountancy with a personal and friendly face. “We handle all aspects of accounting from book-keeping and payroll, through VAT and quarterly accounts to preparing annual returns. “One of our main areas of expertise is helping clients establish a book-keeping system that suits them, keeping processes as simple as possible and saving costs.” @clydelifemag

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What is Grain Free Dog Food?

Grain free pet foods are currently very popular. But are they really healthier for your pet than other types of pet foods? While it is true that many pets do well on grain free diets, it is also true that these diets were developed more in response to consumer preference than to the actual nutritional needs of our pets. Nutritionally, the most important aspect of a pet food is whether the food provides complete and balanced nutrition. If the food contains excesses or deficiencies of specific nutrients, the pet will suffer as a result. This concept is true regardless of whether the food contains grains or not. Each ingredient in the diet provides a unique set of nutrients to the overall makeup of the food. Together, the ingredients need to combine to provide a complete nutrient profile for your pet, without any excesses or deficiencies that can cause illness for your pet. It is certainly possible for grain free diets to provide this type of complete nutrition for your pet. However, these diets are not the only option, or even necessarily the best option, for each individual pet. There is not one diet or type of diet that is perfect for all pets. Does Grain Free Mean Carb Free?  Another popular feeding concept that often seems to go hand in hand with feeding grain free pet food is the feeding of a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. High protein, low carbohydrate diets do have their place, particularly in the feeding of diabetic cats. However, it is important not to assume that a grain free diet is a low carbohydrate diet. In fact, some grain free pet foods contain carbohydrate

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levels similar to or even higher than diets containing grains. In many grain free diets, ingredients such as potatoes replace the grains in the food and often these ingredients have more carbohydrates than the common grains used in pet food. As a result, grain free and low carbohydrate pet foods are not always synonymous with one another. Is Grain Free Pet Food More Natural?  Proponents of grain free diets sometimes claim that grains are an unnatural source of nutrition for our pets. They argue that ancestors of our current-day dogs did not eat grains. However, it could be argued that potatoes and other forms of carbohydrates are no more “natural” for our pets than are grains. Fortunately, our pets have evolved to be able to digest grains as well as many other sources of carbohydrates (including potatoes).   What About Food Allergies Another popular misconception that many pet owners fall victim to is the assumption that grain free diets are the best diets for pets with food allergies. While food allergies do occur in pets, corn and other grains are not among the most common allergens found in foods. Feeding a grain free diet is a legitimate option for your pet. However, feeding a grain free diet still requires choosing a diet that includes complete and balanced nutrition for your pet. Choose ingredients with which you, as a pet owner, are comfortable. But remember that in the long run, it is the nutrient profile that is important, not the individual ingredients in the pet food. As with all things related to your pet’s health, your vet is your best source of information regarding pet foods. Your vet is knowledgeable about all types of pet food and can help you determine the type of diet that is best for your pet. This article appeared originally on and was written by Lorie Huston. @clydelifemag

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Sunday 4th October 2015, 12 noon - 5pm At The Chartroom, Kip Marina, Inverkip

Clyde Life, in association with Kip Marina is producing the Clyde LifeStyle Autumn Wedding Fair, set within the stunning grounds of Kip Marina at the Chartroom Restaurant. Our beautiful marquee, overlooking the pontoon, will house wedding specialists from throughout Inverclyde. If you are getting married in 2016 or beyond, come along and meet a wide range of local wedding industry specialists that offer products and services to help you plan the perfect wedding day. Photographers • Wedding Stationery • Bridal Wear • Highland Wear Cakes • Wedding Cars • Musicians • Jewellery • Caterers • Marquees Hair & Beauty • Honeymoons and more… There will be a glass of fizz awaiting your arrival, canapès and entry into a special prize draw. It will be a day to remember – just what every bride wants! And if you are in the wedding industry and would like to book a stand with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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The teenSTYLE Files Now that Summer in nearly over and The FASHION Class is back at school Holly takes a look at whats hot to wear school girl style.

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Look Back to School 2015 of the Although our school life may Month not be as scandalous as in gossip girl or as chirpy as at McKinley High it is once again nearly upon us. As the holidays draw to a close update your school style with pieces inspired by classic school girl style (ie. plaid skirts, neck ties and scrunchies)

Rucksacks really should be your school bag of choice this session. Both practical and fashionable, I would recommend browsing Asos for the widest selection of cool and quirky designs.


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Cloudy2Clear Windows – Service With A Smile!

It’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Peter Brummit feels that it’s all about service. “Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Many

tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.” Cloudy2Clear service Inverkip, Gourock, Greenock, Port Glasgow, Langbank, Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir and

surrounding areas & Peter is finding that his approach is a major factor in his success. “The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and

family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated.” So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Peter a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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s e l i F E L Y T S The Fit for Fashion Marilyn Thompson looks at the link between fashion and sportswear Over the past few years, there has been a definite link between mainstream fashion and sportswear with the two now perfectly combining into something of a fashion powerhouse.

Fashion and fitness along with a surge in healthy eating is more of a complete lifestyle choice and as a result designers, shops, restaurants, juice bars, gyms and other retailers are really getting involved in this movement. Most designers have either a separate sportswear section or at least incorporate it into their main collections

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and now many independent sportswear companies like Sweaty Betty and Fabletics (a brand now available in the UK designed by actress Kate Hudson) are capitalising on this booming market by producing their own ranges, many of them now showing and producing ‘seasonal’ fitness clothes just like traditional fashion retailers as our appetite for new sportswear just keeps growing.


Not to be outdone, high street retailers like Marks & Spencer, H&M, Gap and even Tesco and Asda all have their own fitness apparel and it has to be said, are pretty good in style and value. Some of you will remember the unfortunate fitness fashion fad of the 80’s when the wearing a neon leotard over leggings accessorised with legwarmers and sweatbands was all the rage, thankfully time moved swiftly on and the majority of us were quite happy to wear an old t-shirt and a pair of well loved trainers. Fast forward to now however and it’s a much nicer picture

where looking good whilst working out is big business. Women really do want to be fashion forward with their choices, even if it’s at the gym, the track or the dance/yoga studio and they want to wear individual, unique fitness attire which makes them look and feel great, clothes which they are also happy to wear outside the gym as well as inside. We are now certainly in a time where we are happy to pay top prices for sportswear, where before it was perhaps something of an afterthought. Trainers are a huge fashion statement and are now worn by many,

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young and old on an everyday basis, from getting us to and from work, at our workouts, at the weekend with jeans or with a party dress and everywhere in-between. Sales of trainers are on the increase and with so much choice you shouldn’t find it difficult to get a pair that suits you and your needs. From Chanel to Sports Division yours is out there! So, choose some stylish fitness clothes and trainers, whizz up a healthy delicious smoothie and start your fashion work out, even if it’s just turning the pages of your favourite fashion magazine - you’ve got to start somewhere!


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Learning for Life… Are looking to take the next step and planning your career? Then why not look at West College Scotland’s full-time courses starting this August - It’s not too late to apply!

West College Scotland came into being just over two years ago to create a bright future built on strong educational, commercial and international success foundations. To date, many students have benefited from their time of study at the College, which has campuses in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley. Whether someone joins us straight from school or is returning to education after a gap of a few years, the range of courses at the College are carefully designed to challenge, encourage learning, potentially lead to university and kickstart careers.With limited places still available across our three campuses, in a variety of subject areas including Science, Photography, Media, Hospitality and Beauty, at all levels of study, there is sure to be something for you.West College Scotland is helping its students move towards a brighter future. Make sure you are one of them.For more information on courses available visit or call 0300 600 60 60.

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Turtle Tots Baby & Toddler Swimming Classes STA qualified swimming teachers

Contact: 07860 618 586

Email: Gleddoch House Hotel, Inverclyde. Seamill Hydro Leisure Spa, Ayrshire. Glasgow and surrounding areas.

Elite Academy of Dance and Alba Ballet go Higher.

Elite Academy of Dance Inverclyde’s only Royal Academy School of Classical Ballet

Alba Ballet, Elite Academy of Dance Associate school will be offering SQA Higher Dance to students from August. The only dedicated Classical Ballet School in Inverclyde and the surrounding area have formed a new partnership with New College Lanarkshire who will assist Elite Academy/Alba deliver this course. Julie Gunn principal explained, “ Our aim is to create a fulltime Centre of Excellence for Ballet within Inverclyde, we can achieve this now with our association with New College Lanarkshire, the Higher course lays the foundation for fulltime courses starting 2016”. Julie continued “our aim is to have a fulltime school with 48 pupils studying and performing Classical Ballet on a fulltime basis within the next couple of years”. It’s another first for Elite Academy/Alba Ballet as they become the first Dance School locally to also offer Higher Dance. Being specialist in Classical Ballet, it follows that the Higher Dance course will cover Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance Styles. Students will be able to study Higher Dance at no added cost, in the same way they can study at school or college. Pupils can now participate in Higher Dance along with Royal Academy of Dance Exams, which also attract UCAS points for College and University. Again Julie explained “ Classical Ballet is great fun, but is tough, from an early age we want to offer continuity in terms of teachers, exams, performance and now we have added SQA qualifications. It is so important that parents make the right choice for Ballet, we have an established track record and now parents can see a clear path of progression within the School” Anyone interested in Ballet is urged to contact Julie on 07753 246 035 or by email at Classes are available from age two and over. Higher Dance is open to anyone with a passion for dance over the age of 14 including students not currently associated with the school. Clyde Life Magazine

Classes for ages 3 and over Royal Academy training and teacher Royal Academy Exams Yearly Performances NEW Higher Dance from Aug 2015 New session starts 3rd August

If you are interested in Ballet Tuition Contact Julie on 0775 324 6035 or email For information on Ballet within Inverclyde Elite Academy of Dance (Est 2009) 15a, Watt Street, Greenock | 21

Inverclyde Orthodontics

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Stuart Davidson provides comprehensive dental care throughout Inverclyde.

Orthodontics deals primarily with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and the jaws. Stuart has been providing Orthodontic treatment for his adolescent and adult patients for over 3 years and now he wants to offer his service to the whole of Inverclyde.

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3 Cosmetic Choices For Straightening Your Teeth. NEW Orthodontic Options at Ivy Cottage Dental Practice

What is Invisalign?  A smile can change everything  Your confidence. Your outlook. Your life. And with Invisalign, achieving the smile you’ve always dreamed of doesn’t have to be a big deal. In fact, it barely has to impact your day-to-day life at all.  Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.    Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life. Something that over 3 million people worldwide have already discovered. 

Are you ready for your new smile?   Lingual Braces MTM® No•Trace™  You want your smile to get noticed… not your braces. MTM® No•Trace™ System is the allbut-invisible orthodontic treatment to comfortably correct your smile in as little as 12-24 weeks. MTM® No•Trace™ System uses low-profile brackets that rest on the back side of the teeth to achieve minor tooth movement. Say goodbye to the discomfort of traditional braces and say hello to MTM® No•Trace™ - the brace without a trace.

Is it Right for Me? Whether you are active in sports, busy in school or an active professional, MTM® No•Trace™ System is the treatment choice that works best with any lifestyle. You can eat, speak, drink, and travel without ever worrying about your treatment’s progress or misplaced trays. In fact, MTM® No•Trace™ braces are so comfortable that most people forget they are even in treatment. With MTM® No•Trace™ System you can:   •  Speak clearly and confidently. •  Enjoy fast, fully undetectable treatment. •  Improve your smile in as little at 12 – 24 weeks with as few as one or two quick office visits. •  Eat and drink without having to remove anything.    NHS Braces We also see kids and teenagers for conventional style braces so if you are concerned about the position of your child’s teeth, speak to your dentist about coming to see the friendly team at Ivy Cottage Dental Practice. Ivy Cottage Dental Practice, Main St, Inverkip, PA16 0AU 01475 521248 Also at Clyde Dental Centre, 260 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5RL 0141 204 1121

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What’s On What’s On Wh Classes | Group Meetings | Regular Events and Local Member Clubs

Classes groups and local clubs

Clyde Life publishes details of classes, groups and clubs located within the magazine distribution area. If you are looking for new members or want to publicise an event please let us know. To be included in the magazine and on the website please send details to

Health and Wellbeing Classes

Yoga and Meditation Teacher: Joanna Ritchie, Birsay Holistics 07518 373 073 | Email birsayholistics@ Mon 9.30am and 8pm Skelmorlie Tues  10am, 6pm and 7.45pm  Gourock Wed  6pm  Wemyss Bay Thurs  10am Largs,    6pm  Gourock,  8pm Largs Fri  6.30pm  Meditation   Skelmorlie Sat  8.45am Largs Yoga for all levels Instructor: Jacqueline Gibson 07851 735357 | Email - jacqueline_a_g@ Tues 9.30-10.30am Wed 5.15-6.15pm Fri 9.30-10.30am All in Kilmacolm Yoga for all levels Instructor:   Patricia A. Ralston SYTA (Reg) 01475 785685 Tues 7.45 - 9.15pm Finnart St Pauls Church Hall, Bentinck Street, Greenock. Beginners Yoga Instructor:   Sara Marijuan-Tuck 07962 347950 Tues & Thurs 10:00 to 11:30 Freeland Church, Bridge of Weir Thurs 7:00p-8:30pm Scout Hall, Horsewood Road, Bridge of Weir Yoga and Meditation Teacher: Janis Binnie 07813 924922 | Langbank Village Hall

Tues 8.00-9.30pm Kilmacolm Community Centre Wed 6.30-8.00pm Pilates (all levels) Instructor - Jenn Forbes 07713 643693 | | Facebook forbespilates Wednesday 8pm Dazzles, 1 George Square ,Greenock, PA15 1PQ Mats provided, just come along in something warm that you can move freely in Classes are £8 individually or £40 for a 6-week block. Private tuition also available

Other Classes

The Fashion Class Fashion Courses for children & teens, age 8-15. Call Marilyn Thompson on 07793 591524 or visit www.thefashionclass. for more information.

Community Council Meetings

Cardwell Bay & Greenock West CC 2nd Wednesday every month at 7:30pm Cardwell Bay Sailing Club Kilmacolm & Quarrier’s CC Last Tuesday every month at 7:30pm Kilmacolm Community Centre Houston CC 3rd Wednesday every month at 7:30pm Carrick Centre, Houston Everyone is welcome.

Regular Meetings of Local Clubs

Greenock Camera Club Every Thursday at 7:30pm Westburn Church Halls, Nelson St, Greenock Inverclyde Camera Club Every Friday at 7.30pm Cardwell Bay Sailing Club, Cove Road, Gourock Ann-Marie Westwood on 07971607453 | Fort Matilda Bridge Club Meets Monday, Tuesday & Friday 7pm Visitors always welcome Tarbet Street, Gourock (turn right at Bluebird cafe on the main road. The club is on the right hand side opposite ‘Duncan’s Ices’) Ann MacLeod (Secretary): 01475 720044 |

Local Clubs

Fort Matilda Tennis Club Newark Street, Greenock The Club has four artificial grass courts, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay CC 1st Thursday every month at 7pm Inverkip Primary School or Wemyss Bay Primary School

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hat’s On What’s On What’s O Garden Open Days

Sunday 23rd August 2015, 12 noon4pm entry £4, children under 16 free, small charge for homemade teas Gardening Leave Old Garden Centre, Erskine Hospital Bishopton, PA7 5PU Scotland’s Gardens facilitates the opening of gardens throughout Scotland, not usually open to the public. in very good condition and has recently added floodlights to three courts. The Club has regular social tennis for members, four times per week. Nonmembers may also join in on Monday evenings for a small fee. There is also coaching for children of various age groups. Membership costs are very reasonable, and we would welcome anyone interested to come and try the facilities before joining. Details of our club, coaching and contact information can be found at The Ardgowan Club Ardgowan Square, Greenock The club exists to encourage, foster and develop the sports of Bowling and Tennis throughout the Inverclyde area. The Club has 2 bowling greens and 4 all-weather surface tennis courts, set in beautiful garden surroundings. Further information can be found on the club website or by contacting Gilbert McCracken or Dougie Warnock at the Club t: 01475 723418 Clyde Life Magazine

Large enclosed tarmac garden located on site of old garden centre at Erskine Hospital. Run by charity Gardening Leave providing sessions of horticultural therapy to serving and ex members Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club Esplanade, Greenock, PA16 7SE The Club also has an active social calendar with a monthly Folk night, sporting functions and seasonal events. More information and can be found at or by calling 01475 723260 Greenock Cricket Club Brisbane St, Greenock The club exists to encourage, foster and develop the sports of cricket and squash throughout the Inverclyde area. Membership is open to all age groups. Anyone interested in joining should email the Secretary

Featured Clubs

Scottish Country Dancing Classes Royal Scottish Country Dance Society West Renfrewshire Branch. Classes are run at the Elim Pentecostal Church Hall, Kelly Street, Greenock on Monday evenings at 8pm.

of the Armed Forces. A productive garden, housing quirky assortment of raised planters, imaginatively created lawn area, shady wildlife/ quiet garden, covered growing areas and other features embracing the upcycling ethos. Still being developed and evolving. An inspirational and worthwhile charity. More details about this and other gardens opening, visit The Class resumes on 21st September and all are made welcome. Contact Jennifer Murrin - 01475 633096 for more information Greenock Speakers Club Greenock Speakers Club has been in existence for 75 years now and is affiliated to the UK-wide Association of Speakers Clubs. Its main purpose is to help people improve their public speaking skills in a friendly and supportive environment. The Club meets over the winter months from October to April. Meetings are held fortnightly, on alternate Thursday evenings, within The Ardgowan Club, Ardgowan Square, Greenock from 19.30-22.00 hours.  All age groups are welcome and individuals can attend in a guest capacity initially to determine whether it is their ‘cup of tea’. Further information can be found on the Club website site/greenockmensspeakersclub or by contacting Tony Cowden on 01475 783228 or by email at | 25

Help is at Hand as your Life changes Woodside Care Home is a 19 bedroom Residential Home situated in the beautiful conservation village of Quarriers, just outside Bridge of Weir. Visitors are always made welcome. The Home is registered with The Care Inspectorate for the regulation of care. • • • •

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Holidays & Cruises

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Advantages of taking a River Cruise

River cruising is a perfect way to see many of the beautiful parts of Europe, and further afield. There is minimum expense, and normally all meals and excursions are included and prepaid (in sterling) before travelling. Stress Free Way of seeing Europe and beyond River cruising offers the opportunity to visit interesting towns, cities and picturesque villages, as they normally stop close to the centre of towns and locations. This allows more freedom and time to explore ashore, as well as giving guests the opportunity of returning to the ship for lunch! There is time to relax and enjoy the scenery between calls, either on deck or in one of the comfortable lounges. A stress-free way of seeing Europe and beyond. Visit Historic Cities with a vast choice of destinations Most river cruises provide access to many historic cities, using the major rivers of France (Seine, Saone and Rhone), Germany (Rhine, Mosel and Elbe) and the popular Danube, which covers Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Romania. Explore Venice, Ravenna, Padua, Ferrara and Verona on the River Po or visit the Douro Valley in Portugal including Lisbon and Porto. Some operators also offer river cruises further afield, to the Russian Waterways, Ukraine and China.

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No Fly Options Most departures include English guides, and some are escorted throughout. Several operators now offer rail departures by Eurostar International Rail from London St Pancras International Station - ideal for those wishing to avoid air travel. Kings Cross is nearby and Euston is about 5 minutes away. Wonderful standards and great value River cruising is a wonderful relaxing way to tour, with no packing or unpacking, and the standards of the ships are generally very high, whether it be a more traditional vessel or one of the brand new modern ships. Food and service levels are very good and there are very few extras, if any, to pay for. There is now a vast selection of River Cruise Operators so please doesn’t hesitate to contact me for further information and advice. I specialise in organising Tailor-made Holiday & Cruises, Worldwide Itineraries, Honeymoons, Australia & New Zealand, Safaris, USA, and I am a Canadian Specialist. Look at my Client Testimonials and blogs on And for Canada on | 29

Focus on the Home – Loft Conversions Converting the loft is a great way to get extra space, but only if carried out professionally.

Extending the accommodation in your house by converting the loft space, is an excellent way to expand your home without using up the garden, or altering in any appreciable way, the outward appearance of your house. Wrongly carried out, however, it is also an excellent way of rendering the whole structure unsafe. Loft conversions were at one time, extremely popular. This popularity diminished with the easing of planning restrictions on external extensions of a certain size. They can still provide useful and usable space, however and there is a lot to be said, for keeping the extension within the main body of the building. It’s easier to heat for a start. The one thing you must remember with such alterations is they must be done properly. They are certainly not suitable projects for cheerful amateurs. To convert a loft successfully, you need to understand how the house is built and where the stresses are. Planning permission will almost certainly be required. In addition the local building inspector will also need to be informed. It is much easier to obtain the right warrants and permissions when you undertake the work rather than trying to get retrospective permissions when you come to sell your house at some point in the future. Far from being a local authority busybody, the building inspector will ensure your loft extension is safe, complies with all the building regulations. In the end it wil add value to your property.

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Some loft conversions are simple affairs where the loft floor is boarded over to provide firm standing, and access provided by means of a folding ladder. It must be understood, such a conversion could pose a fire hazard, and there are only a limited number of activities that can be safely carried on up there. For a really useful conversion, as well as flooring, you’ll need windows, perhaps part of the roof raising, properly insulated walls and ceiling, and a safe and efficient heating system. If in addition, you intend to provide washing or bathing facilities, you’ll need to pipe hot and cold water into the loft. As the main water tanks of most houses are already in the loft, they’ll have to be re-sited, a job that could undoubtedly be problematical. If the space is to be properly furnished and occupied, you’ll require a proper staircase. Building one and knowing where to place it, is in itself, a complicated project and one that requires professionals to be involved from the beginning. If you think your loft is suitable for conversion, get an architect, or local established surveyor to advise you. Financing the project will need considerable thought and your mortgage provider should be first on your list of people to contact. When the conversion is complete, inform your insurance company because it will have considerably altered the value of your home. Loft conversions can be the ideal solution to the problem of accommodating a growing family. They are well worth all the effort, if and only if, they are carried out correctly from the very beginning. @clydelifemag

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Decorating a child’s room on a budget The theory is, give a child a blank wall and it will soon decorate it using what resources come to hand, i.e. pencils, pens, felt tips, water paints, posters and drawings done at school plus other less desirable things. Well the wall might end up decorated but what will it look like? Of course children’s rooms should be a riot of cheerful colour and interest but there are limits. The only way to control the situation is for you to do the decorating - with your child’s tastes and interests very much in mind. Now there are areas where you can economise on decor and areas where you cannot. The woodwork is a case in point. If you intend to paint it, use the very best hard gloss paint you can find. It won’t be the cheapest but it will last. Bear in mind too that the better the preparation of a surface for paint, the longer it will last, so take pains with preparation. Children’s rooms are generally decorated with light colours but they can be very restrictive. White or cream are probably the best because they go with virtually every colour scheme, type of decor and style of Clyde Life Magazine

furnishing. They also tend to look best as a framework for those posters and pictures most children want on their walls these days. An alternative is to strip down all the woodwork, stain and varnish it. It shows up wear and tear less obviously and again goes with pretty well everything, and it’s a job you can do yourself if you’ve the time and energy. The walls may be colour washed, stencilled or emulsioned all over. Wall coverings can be just too easy to tear and rip off. Papers tear too easily. Vinyls are very expensive and they too will damage if subjected to too many bangs and bumps. If you take the emulsion route, choose a pale but warm shade. Pinky greys, rosy pinks, butternut yellows or deep creams all look pretty when matched with appropriate soft furnishings. Always have sufficient

emulsion of the right colour handy for touching up purposes later on. The ceiling can be emulsioned, or papered. Emulsion is best if it’s a good ceiling, closely followed by paper. Choose a darker shade of the wall colour if emulsioning. If papering, choose a cheap and cheerful paper with an interesting design. The floor will take a great deal of wellie that’s for sure. Foam-back, bedroom carpet is fine if the room is not to be used for much other than sleep. If it is doubling as a play room think again, you’ll need something a touch harder wearing. You could sand, stain and varnish the boards and keep it simple. Trouble is, this could be noisy for the rest of the household. Cork floor tiles are a good option because once sealed, they are warm, quiet and hard-wearing. They are not all that cheap but they will last for some time. Cushion flooring with a vinyl surface is good. It washes easily, is relatively quiet and warmer than floorboards. If it’s carpet you prefer, there is an especially tough kitchen carpeting you should consider. It shrugs off stains, washes easily, and will take the patter of tiny feet for years and years before showing any real signs of wear. Not the cheapest option but perhaps the best. Assuming you have the basic furniture for the room, soft furnishings can be your final problem. Curtains are the usual thought but blinds may be more practical - they don’t hang temptingly down for youngsters to swing on, and simple roller blinds are not so very expensive. They may be had in fabrics to match duvet covers, in plain colours to match the decor or in neutral shades to match everything. If you prefer curtains, go to the sales and buy readymade curtains or fabric to make up yourself and take a tip, linings add to the initial cost but they extend the life of the curtain fabric by a great deal and provide extra insulation. Finally to cheer up those plain walls, look for posters both decorative and educational. Keep your eyes open for free offers in newspapers and magazines. Buy a discarded, framed cheap print from a junk shop and paste your own print or collage over the print you would rather not look at. Your child can help, it’s the sort of thing they like doing and when they get tired of the picture or collage, they can always paste another one over it or change the design as they fancy. | 33

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Scotland’s most technologically advanced independently family run garage Advanced Automotive Solutions from Auto-Tec Scotland Auto-Tec of Port Glasgow has grown from modest beginnings in 1988 to become Scotland’s most technologically advanced independent garage in 2015.

on the wheel and vice versa. The system is fast and extremely accurate and customers will immediately notice that their car is much smoother to drive.

Auto-Tec won Greenock Chamber Of Commerce Bees Knees Award for “best Use of technology or Innovation” but it is not resting on its laurels.

Auto-Tec also brings to Inverclyde Hunter’s most advanced 4-wheel Alignment System. This technology enables Auto-Tec to offer a 90 second quick check service FREE to all new and existing customers. Following the check expert staff discuss the results with the customer and any recommended adjustments.

Auto-Tec founder Robert McKenzie who owns the company with his son says you cannot pull the wool over customers’ eyes. The company has just installed the world’s most advanced tyre and wheel balancing equipment. The Hunter system was imported from the USA and Auto-Tec is one of only four garages in Scotland with this level of technology – the others hold franchises for three of the world’s most desirable car brands. The new equipment simulates a road-test and the customer is then taken through a printout which clearly shows problems, if they exist. The next step is for the system to match high spots on the tyre with low spots

Auto-Tec’s new tyre equipment has been introduced just a year after the company installed its state-of-the-art Autologic vehicle diagnostics system. This technology, normally only available to franchised dealers means Auto-Tec can offer a comprehensive diagnostics check for only £65+VAT Auto-Tec’s Autologic system covers a variety of manufacturers including Land Rover, Mercedes, Citroen, Peugeot, BMW, Jaguar, Skoda, Volvo, Audi, Renault, Porsche,

Volkswagen, Seat and Bentley. No longer do you have to travel out of Inverclyde for servicing or fault finding because there is no local dealer. This saves customers time, inconvenience and most importantly money since Auto-Tec’s labour rates are lower than franchised garages. Employing around twenty staff Auto-Tec is a one-stop garage covering all aspects of the private and business customers’ requirements including wheel alignment and tracking, accident damage repairs, paintwork rectification and tyres at competitive prices. Auto-Tec’s recovery fleet can manage a vehicle up to heavy commercial and operates both locally and throughout the UK. Auto-Tec’s significant and ongoing investment in the latest technology is reflected in the fast that the company pays more than £10,000 per annum for technology system licensing and software updates.

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From The Playhouse Theatre In London’s West End Thursday 17th September 6.45pm Come and join Richard O’Brien and some very special guests for a guaranteed party, live in cinemas for one night only. Still the world’s favourite rock ’n’ roll musical 40 years on, the sensational Rocky Horror Show is hailed by critics and adored by fans around the world, and “still has audiences rolling in the aisles” (Daily Telegraph). For this exclusive event, O’Brien returns to the cast for the first time in more than 20 years. On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean-cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, run into tyre trouble and seek help at the site of a light down the road. It’s coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr Frank N. Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments… Ready to thrill you with its frothy, fun and naughty moments, this is the boldest bash of them all, so sharpen those stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life! Get ready for a night of frolics, bursting at the seams with timeless classics including Sweet Transvestite and Dammit Janet – and join us for the largest pelvic-thrusting worldwide Time Warp ever to make Rocky history!

The Battle Of Britain At 75

Friday 18th September 7.30pm BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Battle Of Britain At 75’ tells the epic story of the greatest aerial conflict of the Second World War. This live cinema experience comes from Biggin Hill in south-east London, the most iconic of Britain’s fighter stations. Presenters Dermot O’Leary, Jeremy Vine and Sophie Raworth will be joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra and musicians from the armed forces and guest singers as they share compelling stories from the battle. Rare archive footage from the conflict, modern day RAF personnel and a cast of actors will bring those stories to life as we commemorate the 75th anniversary. A 30 minute programme – exclusive to cinemas – will include a close up tour of a Spitfire and veteran fighter pilots recounting their memories of the Battle Of Britain. ‘The Battle of Britain at 75’ comes from the producers of the multi-award winning ‘D-Day 70 Years On’. By seeing this event at the cinema you will be supporting RAF service charities, with all profits donated to the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and The Battle Of Britain Memorial Trust.


Othello (RSC) Wednesday 26th August at 7pm (£13.00/£15.00)


Beaux Stratagem (NTLive) Thursday 3rd September at 7pmNTLive (£12.00/ £10.00) Aida on Sydney Harbour (CinemaLive) Tuesday 15th September (£18.00) The Rocky Horror Show Live(Picturehouse) - Thursday 17th September at 6.45pm (£15.00) Battle of Britain  Friday 18th September at 7:30pm ( £15.00) Coriolanus (NTLive) Thursday 24th September 2015 at 7pm (£12.00/ £10.00) Rodger Walters The Wall (PictureHouse) Tuesday 29th September at 7.30pm (£15.00)


The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Thursday 8th October 7:15pm (£15.00) Giselle (Bolshoi Ballet) Sunday 11th October at 4pm (£13.00/£15.00) Hamlet (NTLive) Thursday 15th October at 7pm (£10.00/£12.00) ENO: The Barber of Seville Monday 19th October 7:30pm Henry V Wednesday 21st October 7pm Hamlet Encore starring Benedict Cumberbatch) Thursday 22nd October 7pm


Jewels (Bolshoi Ballet) Sunday 8th November at 3pm (£13.00/£15.00) A Winter’s Tale Thursday 26th November @ 7pm ENO: The Mikado Thursday 3rd December 7:30pm


The Lady of the Camellias (Bolshoi Ballet) Sunday 6th December at 3pm (£13.00/£15.00) The Nutcracker (Bolshoi Ballet) Sunday 13th December at 3pm (£13.00/£15.00)

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What’s On at The Beacon Get in on the act


The Workroom

Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin Children’s Art Theatre


The Beacon is perfectly situated in the heart of Inverclyde with spectacular views across the River to the hills of Argyll. In addition to being home to the arts, there are a variety of perfectly formed spaces that can be tailored to your specific needs. The Beacon houses two theatres and specially designed rooms that can adapt to become whatever you need them to be; a rehearsal studio, conference suite, exhibition hall, art gallery or a beautiful wedding venue. From classes or clubs to parties or presentations, everything you need is here. The Beacon’s catering team will ensure that you are well looked after and will provide you with outstanding service for your event. The Bistro uses locally sourced produce, carefully prepared and served by highly trained staff. If you are interested in holding an event in The Beacon please call 01475 723723 for further information.

Tue 11 Aug, 7pm Preview £10.00 Main Theatre 9+

Citizens Theatre

Scarfed for Life

Aug, 7.30pm £10.00 (£8 conc) Studio 14+

Pioneers of Performance Festival

A one day festival of modern moves and ferocious fun. Supported by Creative Scotland. Wed 9 Sep

Collete Sadler Fri 21

We are the Monsters

10.15am A Curious Seed production, originally created by Christine Devaney and Leandro Kees.

The Greenock Players

A Night of One Acts Fri 28th - Sat 29 Aug, 7pm £1 Studio

September Stoirm Òg in Co-Production with Cumbernauld Theatre present

Spectre Yown

Wed 2 Sep, 7:30pm £10 (£8) Studio

A Curious Seed production

Chalk About -

Originally created by Christine Devaney and Leandro Kees. 1pm

An Evening of Dance

Featuring: Robbie Synge – DOUGLAS and Anna Krzystek - FACE ON – 7pm Al Seed

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Sat 12 Sep, 7.30pm £10 (£8 conc) Studio 14+




Phil & Aly

Black is the Colour of my Voice

Thu 3 Sep, 7.30pm £16

Sun 13 Sep, 7.30pm £10 (£8 conc)

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Arts Centre

August–September Greenock Medical Aid

Peter Morrison and Friends Sat 19 Sep, 7.30pm £15 Theatre

Future Dates for your Diary!   The Last Yankee – 1st Oct

Mad About the Musicals – 4th Oct Sinatra: 100 Years – 7th Oct

Forbidden Nights

Tribes – 8th Oct

Wed 16 Sep, 7.30pm £20.00 / First 5 rows - £23.50 Main Theatre Suitable for ages 18 to 80.

Piaf – 10th Oct Richard Gallacher Live! – 10th Oct Hairy MacLary: Cat Tales – 19th Oct MacFloyd: Wish You Were Here – 22nd Oct

Michelle McManus Reality - THE MUSICAL Solar Bear

Kind of Silence

Sat 19 Sep, 7pm £10 (£8 conc) Studio

Thu 23 Sep, 7.30pm £15

Des McLean Sat 26 Sep, 7.30pm £13 /£11

Call us now to make reservation on 01475 723 723 Follow us on Facebook: Beaconartscentre, Follow us on Twitter @thebeaconarts Email: The Beacon Arts Centre Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ

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Join over 14,000 visitors from all over the UK & Europe for Scotland’s Boat Show 2015 Scotland’s Boat Show at Kip Marina, is the 3rd largest boat show in the UK with a host of attractions, bringing visitors to Inverclyde from all corners of the sailing world! With FREE ADMISSION and a nominal £5 Car Park it is the best value show in the country! Once again the middle of October will see activity around Kip Marina reaching fever pitch as it plays host to Scotland’s Boat Show – for the 29th year. Scotland’s Boat Show takes place on October 9, 10 and 11 and offers a host of entertainment and activity for visitors – well beyond the prospect of boats for every kind of sailor. Scotland’s Boat Show 2015 With new and high quality preowned boats on display from £500 to £1 million there are boats for all budgets and interests while on shore there is plenty to entice visitors with the addition this year of a dedicated Pavilion showcasing Scottish produce as part of VisitScotland’s Year of Food & Drink 2015. There’s something for everyone from foodies to shopaholics to the outdoor enthusiast. For full details visit Clyde Life Magazine

Year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015 at Scotland’s Boat Show The Scottish Food & Drink Pavilion contains carefully selected local and Scottish food & drink producers displaying their goods in a ‘street market’ style setting. Expect everything from hand baked goods, homemade tablet and unique Scotch Eggs to artisan distilled gin! Also within the Pavilion will be a live kitchen and stage where chefs and producers demonstrate dishes and skills enabling visitors to create their own delights and how to get the best out of the fantastic produce available in Scotland. The Scottish Food & Drink Pavilion has received support as part of the Year of Food and Drink, an initiative delivered by VisitScotland and will be situated adjacent to The Chartroom Restaurant. The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 celebrates the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce. Enjoy brilliant moments packed with regional delights and discover the landscapes, people and culture that make our food heritage so unique. Come and experience it and taste the very best Scotland has to offer at Scotland’s Boat Show 2015.

Other attractions at Scotland’s Boat Show for 2015

Helicopter Flights For an unforgettable view of Scotland’s Boat Show take a helicopter flight over Kip Marina and view the stunning scenery of the Firth of Clyde – flight reservations will be available from 1st September. Isle of Cumbrae Pipe band Piping display from the famous Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band – Saturday and Sunday. On Water Taster Sessions Try your hand at sailing, powerboats or RIBs under expert tuition of Clyde Muirshiel Park and Seatrek Training – see website for details Flyboarding display and Trial Lessons Demonstrations and the chance to try Flyboarding the latest extreme water sport Clyde Lifestyle Pavilion Everything from designer furniture, clothing, accessories and candles to Scotland’s top crafters and artists with an amazing range of handmade products you won’t find on the high street. Climbing Wall and Weapons Display Visit the Royal Highland Fusiliers specialist weapons display unit and for the more adventurous try the vertical climbing wall! Luxury Car Area Displays of latest models from Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Morgan and Porsche | 41

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4. Spoon the potato on top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Pop in the oven for 20 - 25 mins or until golden and bubbling at the edges. Alternatively, cover and freeze the pie or mini pies for another time.


Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 fan/ gas mark 6. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil and then simmer until tender. When cooked, drain thoroughly and mash with a splash of milk and some butter. Season with ground black pepper.

3. Take off the heat and stir in the cheese (if using), fish, mustard, chives, sweetcorn and peas. Spoon into an ovenproof dish or 6- 8 ramekins.


• 1kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and halved • knob of butter • splash of milk • 25g butter • 25g flour • 4 spring onions, finely sliced • 400ml milk • 1 x pack fish pie mix (cod, salmon, smoked haddock etc, weight around 320g-400g depending on pack size) • 1 tsp Dijon or English mustard • ½ a 25g pack or a small bunch chives, finely snipped • handful frozen sweetcorn • handful frozen petits pois • handful grated cheddar

2. Meanwhile, put the butter, flour and spring onions in another pan and heat gently until the butter has melted, stirring regularly. Cook for 1 -2 mins. Gradually whisk in the milk using a balloon whisk if you have one. Bring to the boil, stirring to avoid any lumps and sticking at the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes until thickened.

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The Garden in September September can be a lovely time in the garden. It is a time when everything seems to have reached a stage of mellow stability. Cooler evenings however are starting to turn the leaves to those gorgeous yellows, reds and golds that are the typical shades of a Scottish autumn. The weather on the whole, is as changeable now as at any other time of the year, though it is usually drier than August, so watering is still a priority. Maintain the habit of watering morning and evening however, because that midday sun can still be surprisingly hot. Summer flowers will be drawing to the end of their time but you can keep things going a little longer by assiduous dead-heading. Put the cut heads on the compost heap, they are just what the doctor ordered. Bulbs and corms should go in this month if you are to be sure of a good spring show. You can leave it a bit if you must, but you risk being confronted with bad weather later on and it’s all too easy to be put off at such times. Don’t just think daffodils, there are loads of other possibilities such as chionodoxa, fritillaria, irises, muscari, ornithogalum puschkinia, and scilla. Then there are crocuses, and of course all the

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huge family of narcissi, plus tubers and rhyzomes of anemones, eranthis, erythronium and ranunculas. Hyacinths and tulips can go in in October or even November, but you’ll do them no dis-service by getting them in around now. Remember, the earlier you get all your bulbs in, the earlier they will flower, and the healthier they will be as well. Now is the time to be sowing hardy annuals for next year’s garden glory. Look for those old favourites such as calendulas, cornflowers, eschscholzia, gypsopilia larkspur, mallow, scabious, love-in-a-mist, Shirley poppies, and pansies. You just can’t beat them for durability and show. While you are at it, consider getting some winter flowering pansies in. These can go in any suitable borders, but they do especially well in patio tubs. Mature root crops should be lifted toward the end of the month, especially carrots. You can always store excess crops in an outdoor clamp. Parsnips on the other hand can be left in the ground till you need them. If you’ve potatoes in the ground, start getting them up as soon as the haulms begin to turn yellow because the tubers won’t grow any more. Now is a good time to take rose cuttings. A great many

folk overlook this method of propagating roses though it is an excellent way of increasing your stock. You’ll find most self-coloured varieties root pretty easily, though don’t expect flowers for at least two years. Keep all rose beds as clear of fallen leaves as possible, hoe regularly and stop any supplementary feeding to ensure the formation of firm, sturdy wood before winter sets in. Do look to your lawn this month. It is a good time to be repairing and renovating. Sow seed as soon as you have sites prepared. They will germinate readily in the autumn sunshine and will have become well established before winter really sets in. You can also lay down turf paths this month. Just cut away the worn area, fork over the exposed soil, dress with an autumn fertilizer and a little sharp sand, then press in a new piece of turf. Do however keep an eye on the weather before walking on lawns at this time of year. A light, early morning frost can cause grass to become brittle, and it should not be walked upon till the frost has melted away.

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Clyde Life Magazine Summer/Autumn 2015  

A lifestyle magazine covering West Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

Clyde Life Magazine Summer/Autumn 2015  

A lifestyle magazine covering West Renfrewshire and Inverclyde