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What drink says summer better than Pimms? Summer’s Big Cover Up Style Files


Teen Style Files

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Growing Tourism in Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan MSP


Money Matters The Retirement Equation


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Contributors this issue: Kieran Gallagher, Robert MacDonald, Stuart McMillan, Joanne Simms, Marilyn Thompson, Holly Thompson

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WHAT drink says summer better than Pimm’s? How to make perfect traditional Pimm’s • • • • • •

One part Pimm’s Three parts lemonade Borage, if available Mint, crushed to release its oils Slices of cucumber Slices of orange

• Strawberries, sliced or quartered if you are feeling very modern • Lots and lots of ice • Serve in a tall glass or a dimple half-pint pot with a generous amount of ice.

The modern Pimm’s has strawberries but how about leaving the strawberries out and instead adding the merest dash of Pimm’s to your serving bowl of strawberries? (Not recommended where children, non-drinkers, or drivers are involved.) Do not make too far in advance or the lemonade goes flat and the soft fruit gets mushy; far better to chill jug, Pimm’s and lemonade and assemble as needed. Have far more ice and fruit prepared than you think you will need because one jug is never enough. And remember apple, pineapple, maraschino cherries, little paper parasols and sparklers should never be allowed anywhere near a glass of Pimm’s.

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Cover Up

When we think of Summer - swimwear and beachwear play a really big part in the planning of our holiday wardrobes. For me, the cover up, is the most important item. It’s the one thing that I can actually look forward to buying! The versatility of the perfect cover up is second to none, it’s a great multi tasker, getting you to the beach or pool in perfect style, allowing you to cover up bits that you’d rather not have out on show, then it can also take you on to dinner. There’s not many other clothing items that can do all that - and with so many different styles, lengths, patterns and colours it won’t be difficult to find a couple of cover ups that are perfect just for you.

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Holiday Glamour If you are something of a glamourpuss on holiday then you can’t beat the long white, flowing kaftan, pulled in at the waist to emphasize your body, this is full on glamour - a word of advice though - this look is not for the faint hearted, it shows a lot of cleavage and a lot of leg so you need to be pretty confident to successfully pull it off. To perfectly accessorise the summer goddess look, team with simple gold accent jewellery, a few long, thin necklaces and some gold bangles. If you’ve had your hair pinned up during the day, then all you need to do is shake it free, put on some red lipstick and you’re good to go straight to the bar after the beach.

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As the summer holidays approach, it’s time to consider your holiday swimwear and this year, the appeal of a retro one or two piece, imitative of the style and fashion of days gone by, could be top of your wish list. Get a blast from the past with subtle off the shoulder swimsuits, push up bikini tops and high waisted bottoms to eye catching frills, gingham and belted waists.

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Finishing Touches To complete your super stylish summer look, make sure you get a fab beach bag, big enough to hold all the necessary holiday essentials and an elegant wide brimmed hat. Make the Cover up one of your main holiday purchases this year you won’t be disappointed!

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The new kitchen for Ronnie and Carol’s beautiful home at Inverkip Marina enjoyable projects for the team at Affordable Luxuries. Ronnie Ford, whose career began as a teacher in Gourock, is an artist of international renown, with his work especially popular in the Far East and featured in many leading contemporary art collections. When Ronnie and Carol, his wife, moved into their new home they decided to replace the bespoke handcrafted kitchen. ‘We prefer a more modern and functional space, full of light, so we decided to move on and contact the team at Affordable Luxuries. The kitchen was designed by David, who is also an ex-student of mine from Gourock High School with Tom project managing the entire installation. They really did design and install our ideal kitchen,’ said Ronnie. The brief for the Affordable Luxuries team was to design a modern contemporary kitchen dining space

along with the utility room which would provide practical storage solutions. Carol’s love of porcelain and cookery books meant that the kitchen design had to include plenty of storage space, while the overall look was to be one of openness and light which Ronnie and Carol could fill with their favourite pieces. They chose the Pronorm Y-Line range in gloss super white with glass wall panels in gloss super white with light grey wood. For the worktops Affordable Luxuries recommended the Consentino Silestone 30mm quartz range in Alumino Nube, for its aluminium/ silver tones with the most subtle mirror sparkle through it. The sink is a Blanco Andano oneand-a-half bowl in stainless steel, paired with a Blanco Menu rinse tap with a pull out hand spray.

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The Siemens appliances consist of a single oven, combination oven with microwave and a separate warming drawer. The 70/30 fridge freezer and dishwasher were both integrated and there was a wall-mounted extractor hood with a stainless-steel finish over the 90 cm gas hob, which had a built-in wok attachment for Carol’s love of Asian cookery.

art; one painting in the kitchen is a scaled version of a large piece commissioned by an Asian collector with others created especially for the room. The couple are delighted with a kitchen that is such a pleasure to work in and has created a perfect back drop to celebrate their work and interests.

‘You need a big cooker hood when cooking with a wok!’ she said.

‘They listened to everything we said, they came up with a great design; a beautifully made kitchen expertly installed by fantastic tradesmen,’ said Ronnie.

Once Affordable Luxuries’ work was finished, they used the kitchen as a blank canvas for objects the couple collected during their travels and Ronnie’s own

Carol added: ‘Even now I still smile when I walk into the kitchen every morning. We both enjoy our new kitchen so much.’

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and the reading is easy

One of the biggest luxuries we treat ourselves to during the summer holidays is time. Time to ourselves; the kind of time when you don’t have to keep an anxious eye on the clock. And if you enjoy filling some of that time with the time to enjoy a good book, here are some ideas to load up your kindle, iPad or even walk into a bookshop and buy. And remember there can never be enough time spent reading to your kids.

Jane Austen at Home

But he suffered a major breakdown and battled with crippling depression. This book shows the best and worst of humanity; with searing honesty and humour it is a personal insight into what it is to be a police officer today.

The Hanging Tree

Ben Aaronovitch The sixth in the incredible PC Peter Grant series. Been out for a while but arrives in paperback this summer. Magic is real, so of course the Met has a division to police magical crimes, in these gritty tales set in modern London. This compelling series begins with Rivers of London. Start at the beginning and be spellbound.

Lucy Worsley One of the nation’s best-loved authors in the hands of one of our favourite historians, so what’s not to like? Lucy Worsley shows us a ‘behind the scenes’ in Austen’s home and life, examining the rooms and her possessions and the way home is used in her novels as a place of both pleasure and prison, revealing that Jane Austen was a passionate woman who fought for her freedom.

Peter’s Railway

How Not to Disappear

Clare Furniss Anyone who wrote press releases for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is going to write one Blue: A Memoir hell of a book. Fear not it isn’t a John Sutherland name-dropping political memoir but young adult fiction and already More police drama but of the on short and along lists for prizes. real kind: John Sutherland joined A pregnant teen and her ginthe Met in 1992 and fulfilled his swilling great aunt in early stages teenage ambition, won awards of dementia go on a journey. Very and rose to become a highly respected 14 | Clydesenior Life –officer. June/July 2017 funny, very sad, very readable.

Chris Vine And finally for big kids of all ages with a special shout out to all the little girls who have never thought that they might like to grow up and be engineers. We have featured before The Peter’s Railway series of books by local author Chris Vine, lovingly illustrated by John Wardle. These thrilling railway tales also have howit-works sections woven into them. There are five hardbacks, 12 paperbacks and an activity book to choose from, some of them especially written for the younger children. Visit @clydelifemag

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P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea 2017 Greenock: 24 & 25 June It’s fast, furious, free to watch and returning to Scotland this summer! This P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea will again deliver a double bill of powerboat racing and jet ski action as the P1 SuperStock and P1 AquaX UK championships make waves on the River Clyde in Greenock.

flips and tricks. This year, even more action has been added as P1 hosts a British Water Ski exhibition race.

The event, co-hosted by Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde with the support of Event Scotland, will deliver a weekend of thrilling marine motorsport, with a fleet of P1 Panther race boats and around 30 jet skis on the water from 104pm. The 2-mile race course will be close-to-shore at Greenock’s Esplanade, making it ideal for spectators to catch all the race action. The on-water action will also include high energy jet ski freestyle displays performed by the world and former British champion, Lee Stone and Jason Bleasdale and will also see international flyboarder, Sonnie Bean wowing the crowds with his

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The Esplanade will be closed to traffic and transformed into the Esplanade Showcase, with exhibition stands and marquees celebrating three great themes:

Inverclyde” Scottish-crewed powerboat. Father and daughter team, David and Ashleigh Finlayson, from the historic town of Musselburgh near Edinburgh, will compete in all four rounds of the championship, kicking off in Denmark in June, and then moving onto Milford Haven and Scarborough after the Scottish event.

Local supporters will again be able to cheer on the “Spirit of VIP Hospitality is available for the event and in addition to the crowds watching the racing in Greenock, the Inverclyde event will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK and internationally in more than 150 countries. You can find more information and find the full event schedule at www. or search for the event on Facebook: P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea.




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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.

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Health and Wellbeing Classes YogaBellies Children’s Yoga Classes for 3-12 yrs. Contact Enterprise Training on: 01475 745552/744404 E: Yoga & Meditation for all levels Teacher: Jacci Stoyle YS (reg) T: 07790262124 Boglestone Community Centre, Dubbs Rd, Port Glasgow Mon 7:00:8:30pm - Beginners Class for Yoga & Meditation Wed 7:00-8.30pm - Intermediate Class for Yoga & Meditation Yoga for all levels Teacher: Aileen Hughes, YS(reg.) T: 01475 801613 E: Mon 2-3.30pm & Tue 2-3.30pm Westburn Church, Nelson Street, Greenock. Hatha Yoga for all levels Teacher: Flora MacKenzie Wed 7-8pm Lyle Kirk, Union Street Wed 8-9pm Beginners Class, same venue Thu 2-3pm Inverkip Community Centre

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Birsay Yoga Teacher: Joanna Ritchie, 07518 373 073 E: Gourock: Tues 9:30am & 7.30pm | Thurs 6pm Inverkip: Wed 7:45pm Largs: Mon 6:15pm | Thurs 9:30am and 7:30pm | Sat 10:30am Yoga for all levels Instructor: Jacqueline Gibson T: 07851 735357 E: Tue 9.30-10.30am Fri 9.30-10.30am All in Kilmacolm

Small Classes at The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock. Weds: Beginners & Improvers 6pm New Beginners 7pm |Mixed Intermediate 8pm. Mats & Equipment provided. Classes are £9 drop-in or guaranteed space in the 6-week block £48. Katie Black Pilates and Physiotherapy) Instructor - Katie Black Killellan Halls, Houston (behind the Houston and Killellan Kirk). Monday night 6.15-7.15 & 7.30-8.30pm

Yoga for all levels Instructor: Patricia A. Ralston SYTA (Reg) T: 01475 785685 E: F: HealthyOutlookGreenock Tues 7.45 - 9.15pm Finnart St Pauls Church Hall, Bentinck Street, Greenock.

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Beginners Yoga Instructor: Sara Marijuan-Tuck T: 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

Silver Swans Ballet Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet for the over 50s Tues & Thurs 11am – 12pm The Studio, 15a Watt St, Greenock

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Ballet - Elite Academy of Dance Inverclyde’s only Royal Academy Ballet School Classes every day | all ages for both Male and Female The Studio, 15a Watt St, Greenock

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

Scottish Country Dancing Classes Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Scottish Country Dancing Classes are run at the Elim Pentecostal Church Hall, Kelly Street, Greenock on Monday evenings at 8pm. Contact Jennifer Murrin 01475 633096 for more information

Local Clubs & Groups MS Activities Group Meet Thursday 11am-1pm Your Voice 12 Clyde Square, Greenock, PA15 1NB Everybody welcome, MS sufferers, and their carers for a cuppa and a chat. For more information, contact Stuart Anderson, T: 01475 630553 Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Games Society (RIGS) A friendly group of board and card game enthusiasts who meet every fortnight on Thursday evenings at the upstairs café bar of Amaretto in Bridge of Weir. The games played offer a wide variety of themes and styles. For the date of the next meeting and contact information please visit or contact Keith on 07789 501605 Digital Camera Club Langbank Church Hall Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month at 7:30pm Cost: £1 (FREE for Trial visits) All new members welcome. For more Info please visit or contact Derrick McPherson at Greenock Camera Club Every Thursday at 7:30pm at Greenock Cricket Club, Brisbane Street, Greenock Anyone with an interest in photography, no matter your experience level or whether you are using a mobile phone or the latest photographic equipment is invited to join. You will get a warm welcome from club members. Contact Heather Sinclair, E: T: 07903 164227 Clyde Life Magazine

Kilmacolm Camera Club Every Tuesday at 7.30pm Kilmacolm New Community Centre, Room 1.01 Contact David Walker 01505 873883 for more information 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 Mo, Tues & Fri 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): T: 01475 522181 E: Inverclyde Skywatchers There is a programme of weekly talks which are given by invited guest speakers. Anyone with an interest in Astronomy is welcome. The group meet in the Greenock Southwest Library (Barrs Cottage) every Monday from 3pm till 5pm. Marion on 01475 634976 Inverclyde Ramblers Inverclyde Ramblers’ Association is a group of people who enjoy walking in the countryside. Everyone is welcome, whatever age or level of fitness. Most of the walks are within driving distance of Greenock. Walks are arranged for most weekends There is also a Wednesday walk which meets at Lunderston Bay on Wednesdays at 12:15 Dave Souza on 01475 631654

Local Sports Clubs 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 event functions and seasonal themed events. Club website: Contact 01475 723260 Greenock Cricket Club Brisbane St, Greenock The club fosters and develops cricket and squash throughout Inverclyde. Membership is open to all age groups. Anyone interested in joining should email Fort Matilda Bowling Club Newark Street, Greenock We welcome anyone interested in trying bowling. Drop in for mixed bowling, Saturday 2pm | Gents Monday 7pm | Ladies Wednesday 2pm Try for free - April till September. Flat shoes without heels required. Bowls supplied www.fortmatildabowlingclub. Club Mobile - 07549 994 669 Fort Matilda Tennis Club Newark Street, Greenock The Club has 4 artificial grass courts Club Website: The Ardgowan Club Ardgowan Square, Greenock The club has 2 bowling greens and 4 all-weather surface tennis courts | Gilbert McCracken or Dougie Warnock 01475 723418 Kilmacolm Bowling Club The club is open for bowling from April to October. It is open to all ages. Coaching and bowls available for those who have not played before. Contact Jim Russell 01505 874239 E: | 19

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Beacon Arts Centre Summer highlights include

One of the nicest things about holiday-time is going to see a show, but don’t worry if you stay home this summer because The Beacon Arts Centre at Custom House Quay is bursting at the seams with an incredible mix of events for all. Summer would not be summer without plenty of shows for children and all the family. The team at The Beacon has some wonderful things lined up. There’s Sleeping Beauty, with so much fun that you could call it a summer-time panto; and likewise Little Mermaid. Goldilocks and the Three Bears has puppets and

For the not-so-young the entertainment on offer is breathtaking; including a very important event when Vox Motus presents Flight a drama commissioned

Opera Bohemia returns to the Beacon with Bizet’s masterpiece The Pearl Fishers, two men whose vow of friendship is threatened by their obsession with the same woman - and they get to sing one of the most famous duets ever.

by the Edinburgh International Festival. The Beacon is the only place outside the festival you can see this remarkable drama story of two orphaned children’s journey across Europe. On the festival front, both Fred MacAulay and Dead Sheep will be appearing at The Beacon as a warm-up for the comedy fringe. ‘We have planned something for everyone and all tastes with affordable ticket prices,’ said Wendy Niblock, from The Beacon, ‘and also show-casing local talent’.

sing-alongs galore for the very young. Greenock Players Youth are staging Seussical Jr complete with Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all the favourite Dr Seuss characters.

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Another major milestone this summer is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s debut at the centre with Tobias Ringborg as conductor/violin for works by Mendelsson, Bottesini, Stenhammar and Mozart.

That local talent includes Sounds of Scotland the annual school show from the Greenock campus of West College Scotland and Threads and How to save the World...ish by the Beacon Youth Theatre. The @clydelifemag

Beacon will also host a summer school for performers aged five to twelve.

There are more musical treats to come. Auld Hat New Heids features four of Scotland’s top folk singers and musicians Pete Clark (fiddle), Gregor Lowrey (accordion), Fraser Bruce (vocal) and Ian Bruce (vocal, guitar, mandolin) who re-visit the fabulous Scottish folk club scene of the 1960s and 70.

This summer Ireland comes to the Clyde thanks to Keep it Country with John Hogan, Gary Gamble, Joe Moore and Cowboy Larry and another spectacular show Rhythm

of the Dance, featuring a traditional Irish band, Young Irish Tenors and some world championship step dancers. The Beacon Arts Centre’s stunning riverside views across the Clyde change moment by moment and the Bar+Kitchen is the place to enjoy coffee, cake, lunch and a pre-theatre meal (remember to check if they are available for your chosen show).

If it is nostalgia you want to hear then book tickets for Oh Carol! the story of Neil Sedaka and song writing partner Howie Greenfield or The Johnny Cash Roadshow, the only tribute event endorsed by the Cash family. Jazz lovers are going to be spellbound by an evening with Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewski – the Standards Duo. The pianist and saxophonist are performing their favourites standards from Duke Ellington and others.

And talking of the Clyde that heroic master mariner of these waters, Para Handy, captain of the Vital Spark is the star of Para Handy: The Wireless Show, with the classic Neil Munro stories performed as a 1950s radio broadcast. The ticket for this matinee includes afternoon tea...chust sublime! as the great man himself would say.

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Growing Tourism in Inverclyde Stuart McMillan MSP A tremendous amount has happened since my last column. Firstly, we had the Local Authority election then the UK Election. I would like to congratulate everyone who has been elected and wish them well during their term of office. I have been working on many issues involving Inverclyde. I have a big interest in tourism as it not only is an economic driver, creates jobs and skills but also helps put places on the map. I am a member of the Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee (CTEER) as well as being the Convener of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism (CPG Marine Tourism) which I established. In February, I published a discussion document on Inverclyde’s Tourism potential. It’s called Inverclyde: Setting the Standard. The document aims to establish a starting point from where to improve and deliver more opportunities for Inverclyde people in the tourism sector. The document is a positive analysis of what Inverclyde already possesses as well as poses questions about how we can increase our share of the £11bn that tourism generates for the Scottish economy. I am hosting a public event in The Beacon on 12th

Stuart McMillan MSP Member of Scottish Parliament for Greenock & Inverclyde Constituency

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June and have the Chief Executive of VisitScotland, Malcolm Roughead speaking alongside Chris O’Brien from the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and Carron Tobin from Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative respectively. Tourism is everyone’s business and it’s in everyone’s interest that we grow the sector locally. If you would like further information, please contact my office. A second issue I have been dealing with is the use of the Wemyss Bay rail line and the anti-social behaviour that takes place in good weather. After a recent Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Community Council (IWBCC) meeting, I contacted a wide variety of organisations already involved in attempting to deal with the situation. I have now met with some of them individually. I have also called and am chairing a meeting of all organisations at the end of May and I am seeking a long term sustainable solution to the problem. The IWBCC are a key organisation involved as they represent the voice of the two villages and have heard first hand some of the shocking incidents that have taken place in recent years. I will be able to provide an update on these discussions in my future columns.

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The retirement equation how much do you need? Our money guru looks at the formulas to follow to get your pension plans on course Most people focus on saving for retirement to meet their needs. This is sometimes referred to as ‘financial independence’ but ask most people how much they are likely to spend in retirement and that’s a tougher question. To plan for retirement effectively, you need to have some sense of what your spending needs will be. Knowing what you will spend helps you know how much you need to save. Just like everything else in finance, figuring out how much you will spend in retirement is a big ‘it depends’. Most people want to carry the same standard of living into retirement they had while working - who wouldn’t? But it’s not quite as simple as same standard of living, same cost of living, because retirement, more often than not, changes everything, including how you determine your budget.

Your ‘spend estimate’ is the amount you need to replace every year in one way or another. Generally, you will need less income in retirement than while working, because you don’t need to save for retirement anymore! You won’t have job-related expenses: commuting, work clothes and buying lunches; you aren’t paying as many taxes since your income is lower and (hopefully) no longer have any mortgage or other debt. While a lot of expenses will go

By Robert MacDonald

down, consider expenses that tend to go up in retirement: travel or other leisure activities you’ll have more time for. This could be a serious consideration. Your replacement ratio is inversely related to your pre-retirement income. The higher your income before retirement, the lower your replacement ratio. This makes sense, as higher-paid people had proportionally more of their income going to retirement, jobrelated expenses and taxes before retirement, rather than necessities.

Median Replacement Rates as a Percentage of Pre-Retirement Income <25th

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Marlena Lee at Dimensional Fund Advisors found median replacement ratios by income.

One common approach is to find your ‘replacement ratio’ by taking your net salary or income immediately prior to retirement and estimate what percentage of that you think you will spend every year.

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Don’t take these numbers as absolute truth but they should put you in the right ballpark. Take a serious look at your financial situation and your desired lifestyle to determine a realistic retirement spending rate; a month travelling on holiday every year needs a larger replacement ratio than a few B&B long weekends. Replacement ratios are a great way to kick-start your thinking about retirement income but are

only the beginning of the story. Your needs will vary in retirement; you may want to help with grandchildren’s university costs, or give help on the housing ladder. And we might not like to think about it but health issues and care, short or long term, or any number of things could happen.

A simple action plan: Make a list with two columns

- in one list things you want to accomplish in retirement; in the other, things you are afraid of in retirement to give some idea of how to prepare. Working with your financial planner, this, coupled with how you are going to achieve your replacement ratio (from pensions and/or investments), will put you on the path to building a solid financial plan.

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Ingredients x1 Lamb Shank Maldons flaked sea salt Butter Thyme - dried or fresh Garlic Clove x1

For the Potatoes One Large Potato Handful of Frozen Peas One white onion finely sliced Little oil for frying Salt/cracked black pepper

For the Carrots One large carrot peeled and roughly chopped Butter Salt & pepper

For the Gravy Cheats Version! Red Wine 200ml Bisto Gravy

Optional equipment Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker

As we melt into the summer season lamb is in! What a better way to start it with a classical lamb shank with a little change from your traditional mash/roast potatoes, instead having sautéed potatoes with onions and peas and finished with a red wine gravy. This can be made using a slow cooker, pressure cooker or alternatively just leave it in the oven! Heat a frying pan first and melt your butter until it starts to go golden brown and start smoking. Using tongs sear your lamb in the butter until it becomes golden and season it as you do - add some thyme/chopped onions and give it a quick toss. Finally the garlic at the end as this may burn if you put it in the start. Separately in another pan, boil your carrots until they fall off the knife and set aside as this can either be roasted or pan fried towards the end depending on how long the lamb takes, if you are pan frying it, melt the butter until golden. Slow cooker: Place the lamb in the slow cooker with all the juices for 3-4 hours Pressure Cooker: Place the lamb in the pressure cooker for 25-30 mins with all the juices. Oven: Place the lamb in an ovenproof dish

with all the juices and braise for 1½ – 2 hours at 200C. Slice the potato as thin as possible and in a pan start to caramelise your onions using the oil and onions. Once caramelised add the potatoes and cook out until they start to brown and become soft….at this stage add the peas and season (hint if the pan starts to burn a little add a dash of cold water to deglaze the pan - the trick is not to stir it too often) Gravy is made at the end: Reduce a little red wine in a small pot and pour the lamb juices in and allow it to reduce - but not too much, finally add the gravy and taste. To put it all together, place your potatoes and carrots on the plate first, place your lamb on top and either pour the gravy carefully over the top or pour into a gravy boat. As a suggestion this can also be finished with a mixed fruit eton mess - very quick dessert which takes about 3 mins in total, crush some meringues, mix it with some whipped cream topped with sauce and throw in handful of mixed fruit, such as strawberries, berries and raspberries, which are all in season, towards the end and enjoy!

The Chefs Eye is a new small and intimate brasserie style restaurant based in Nelson Street, Largs. With an explosion of flavours and spices the cuisine ranges from your traditional Scottish Fayre to the Far East. The menus change regularly keeping things fresh, seasonal and exciting. The fully licensed restaurant is open for select hours which can be viewed online or on Facebook. It is also available for private dining events and functions.

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As we approach the end of spring and reflect on the gardening weather of 2017,

it’s fair to say ‘so far, so good’. April and May saw some dry and warm weather, perfect for the gardener to motivate themselves and get the spade out. In truth, come mid May we were hoping for a wee bit of rain at Cardwell Garden Centre, for two reasons.

garden. Prolonged dry spells, albeit unlikely in the west of Scotland, cause a crust to form on the top of soil. By this point, a shower of rain will run off the soil rather than penetrate it, leaving the roots dry.

The garden is looking good just now, the warmer weather has brought the soil temperature up a few degrees and everything is coming to life nicely. However, many gardeners, you know who you are, still don’t water the plants enough. A warm, dry spell for a even a couple of weeks can dry out the soil and leave plants lacking. This is especially true of planted containers and hanging baskets, which dry out quicker.

Keep an eye on moisture content in your soil and water as required. Bedding plants will wither very quickly without water, so as soon as you see this water the plants liberally.

So a couple of days of rain now and again is a good thing for the

For flowering plants try and water directly into the soil, rather than over the open flowers. For pots that have completely dried out, submerge the conatiner in a bucket of tepid water for 15 minutes or so. Not the plants, just the pot. This will allow the compost to soak up water.

The second reason we want some rain at Cardwell is that it saves us an awful lot of time watering! Anyone who waters during the midge season will understand why this is a good thing! Lawns also need watering and while it is rarely so dry that your lawn will suffer drought damage, you will still notice a significant difference between a lawn that is watered and one that is not. Weeds will also be growing around the garden and can be treated either by physically removing the weed or by treating it with a weedkiller. Removing weeds by hand or hand tool is obviously the way to go if you want to avoid using chemicals, but be aware that the weed will more than likely grow By Kieran Gallagher, Cardwell Garden Centre

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back from any section of root of that is not removed. If you are using chemicals then please make sure you use the correct treatment for the problem. Using a path weedkiller on a lawn or vice versa will cause more harm than good. Equally old chemicals should not be used and should be disposed of safely. Your local council can advise you of nearest disposal point. Buying chemical treatments for the garden can be a daunting experience if you are not familiar with them. There a multitude of different brands, chemicals and uses.

centres have always had this by choice, but it now applies to everyone. Ask to speak to that person in your store and they will guide you to the solution to your problem. In many cases, actually removing part of an unidentified weed or diseased plant and bringing it into the garden centre will make the whole process much easier and quicker. As always, don’t put diseased

plant waste in your brown bin as this waste is usually recycled into compost. And if you cannot get what you need from your local store, pay us a visit at Cardwell in Gourock. Hopefully the decent weather we have had up until now will continue through the summer and into the autumn. We gardeners have not had a good run at it for some years now.

A recent change in legislation now means that any shop selling garden chemicals must have someone trained in the products available at all times to advise you, the consumer. To be honest, most good garden

Scotland’s Gardens Renfrewshire Open Days Craig Hepburn Memorial Garden

Linwood High School, Linwood, Paisley PA3 3NB. The Craig Hepburn Memorial Garden and Outdoor Learning Centre is located in Linwood High School. Our original garden with an outdoor classroom has been expanded to include community raised beds, an orchard, greenhouse, and presentation area. We work with all years in the school reconnecting them to the natural world whether it is through growing in our organic garden, encouraging biodiversity or learning about sustainability. Exit M8 at St James Interchange and take A737. Take exit for Linwood onto A761, follow to Clippens Road and then Stirling Drive. Open Sunday 11 June 2:00pm - 5:00pm, admission £3.50, Accord Hospice receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Newmills Cottage, Lochwinnoch

Newton of Belltrees PA12 4JR. Surviving mill in a series of 5 built in 1864. Well established colourful garden on different levels sloping down to the burn. The garden is divided into different areas with pots and hanging baskets filling areas which cannot be planted. There is also a pond. Steps down the garden are steep but it can be accessed from a gate on the road if needed and can still be seen from the lower level. Approach from Roadhead roundabout near Lochwinnoch (junction off A760/A737). Take turning by “Powerdoors” onto Auchengrange Hill. At T junction turn left onto Belltrees Road. Drive for 20 seconds then turn right. Single track road, garden on left after 1 mile. Open Sunday 25 June 2:00pm - 5:00pm, admission £3.50, Kilbarchan Old Library receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

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Enchanted Forest Folk come to Woodland Experiences Woodland Experiences has joined forces with Allan Associates, the Producers and Creative Directors of the Enchanted Forest for the last 6 years. In addition to being responsible for this award winning event which attracted over 70,000 visitors last year, AA have also produced the Electric Glen in association with East Renfrewshire Council, Colours of Cluny in Forres and Spirits of Scone at Scone Palace. Derek Allan of Allan Associates is delighted to be working with Woodland Experiences to help grow their Autumn son et lumier experience and to develop it into an award winning event in the West of Scotland. NL Productions who have been working with Woodland Experiences for the last two years have also worked with Allan Associates since 2010 as partners in the technical and creative development of the Enchanted Forest as well as Electric Glen and Scone Palace. “We are delighted to be working with the leading lights in Scotland. The Woodland Experiences team are extremely excited for this years show as it will be bigger than anything we have put on previously. It will be an opportunity to experience the magical qualities that exist within our woodland.”

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