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Easter: A time for Spring Reading? Use your time off for some personal development with these chart-topping books Feeling grouchy? Vitamin D levels reaching dangerous lows? With the Christmas a distant memory and the cold, bleak winter months stretching their way into 2016, we all need a break and the Easter holidays are a welcome chance to recharge those batteries with a good book. However instead of losing yourself between the pages of a dramatic fiction set in some impossibly beautiful Caribbean island, how about using the time to do some head-clearing spring cleaning? We all said ‘New Year, New Me’...
Okay, hear me out. ‘The LifeChanging Magic of Tidying’ by Marie Kondo has topped the New York Times best-seller list and has sold over two million copies in over
By Jodie Molyneux thirty countries. An ‘organizing consultant’, Kondo is employed on a domestic and commercial basis to help people make sense of their clutter and has had so much success doing so, that her waiting list stretches on indefinitely. Translated from the original Japanese, this book promises to turn your home from a wellmeaning but cluttered home to an eternally tidy and joyful one with the ‘KonMarie method’. Now, we all know how to tidy but more often than not a tidying ‘blitz’ is ruined several weeks later when we’re late for the bus and can’t find our keys. Ms Kondo claims that if we tidy in one mammoth session, over a period no longer than six months, we can maintain show-home levels of tidiness. It is proposed that we go through our items by category, for example clothes or books, and ask ourselves if each object ‘sparks joy’, and if not we should thank the item for its use and then dispose of it. If the thought of graciously thanking your novelty ‘New Years Eve 2014’ glasses before binning them seems a bit New-Age, just take a step back. Imagine a bedroom filled with items that make you happy, remind you of good times or excite you rather than looking through your wardrobe with sorrow at old clothes that are no longer in trend (if you are looking for a sign to throw out that poncho, this is it). ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ is a joyful and motivating read, simple in its ideas and witty in parts; it is the perfect book for a productive Easter break. Now your home is spotless (right?), let’s turn to your mind... well, they do
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My love ’tis Leap Year, You know, I suppose That it gives a Spinster A chance to propose... On the shelf and feel like you’d like to get taken down and dusted? Well girls it’s Leap Year and tradition says it’s now your one-in-four-year chance to propose to the man in your life.
Patrick declined but gave her 12 pairs of gloves or a silk gown, depending on which version of the story you heard. Just as the extra day balanced the years, so this would balance matrimonial prospects for women said St Brigid. Here in Scotland not to be outdone, Queen Margaret said that any man asked, if not already betrothed, had to accept or pay a big fine, or buy the girl a silk gown. At least in Scotland the guys got the red flannel petticoat rule, a kind of a Leap year off-side rule: the lass doing the proposing has to wear said garment with the hem on show to let him know she’s coming.
You can thank – or blame - the Irish, for St Brigid is said to have debated the idea with St Patrick that women should have the chance to propose to men too timid or reluctant to ask. St Patrick agreed, saying once every seven years but, good woman that she was, our Brigid beat him down to four and then promptly proposed. St
The science behind it all:
It takes Earth 365¼ days, give or take about a dozen minutes, to orbit the sun and after a few centuries or so time and date are going to slip; Bonfire Night is going to start heading towards your summer holidays, which is no good at all. The Leap Year with its extra day gets lobbed in to keep the good old Gregorian calendar in sync with the solar year. Most dates that divide evenly by four are Leap years – but watch out for the century
Unfortunately all these tales don’t stand up to scrutiny; time lines don’t run true and no-one can figure out which Queen Margaret it was. But in these days of gender equality does it have to be just the girls doing the asking of the boys? How about a new rule: if you want to – and they’re not asking – just go ahead and pop the question yourself.
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years; they are only Leap Years if they can be divided evenly by 400. It’s all down to those pesky dozen minutes; well actually 11 minutes and 14 seconds, if you turn your back on them for 125 years they add up to another day. So, as a final tweak, the century rule was added. This gets rid of three Leap Years every few hundred years; the calendar and sun stay synchronised to within a half-minute. Leap Years were first used by the Romans and the Julian calendar had them as well as the Gregorian calendar still in use today.
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Make your Mother’s day From the day you have a baby or adopt a child, your life changes forever. People tell you this when you’re pregnant, but it’s only when it happens that you really understand what they mean. Suddenly there’s someone who depends on you entirely. Every decision you make from now on will be based on their needs or desires. Being a mother can be the best of jobs and the worst of jobs. For every heart-warming moment of pride and loveliness, there’s a blazing row or slammed door (but hopefully with a hug and a sorry afterwards). Mums have to take on every role in the family – carer, teacher, agony aunt, sergeant major, personal assistant, taxi driver… And it doesn’t stop when the
children leave home. Now approaching 40, I still rely on my mum for advice, friendship, help with childcare, emergency loans and the occasional kick up the backside to get things done. It’s only as you get older, especially if you have children of your own, that you realise how your parents felt as you grew up – why they made you do your homework, go to bed, stop fighting with your brother, eat properly, save money and above all, be careful! Mother’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to say thank you to our mums for everything they have done and still do for us. The founder of Mother’s Day in
the US, Anna Jarvis, eventually regretted campaigning to get the day recognised because it became so commercialised. She hated the fact that people would buy a card with a printed message rather than writing a letter. It’s lovely to buy or make a card and give flowers and chocolates. You can also do something special to show you care – maybe take on a job that she hates or treat her to a day of pampering.
But this year, why not go beyond the message in the card and write a few personal lines of your own to tell your mother how much you love her. Make sure she knows that she really is the best mum in the world (like mine). By Mary Hosted
Mother’s Day is celebrated all around the world, usually in March or in May. In the UK it is a mixture of a 400 year old Christian tradition and the celebration of motherhood that began in the USA in the early 20th century. During the 16th century, people in service would return to their home or ‘mother’ church on the fourth Sunday in Lent – Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day as we know it became a regular event in the 1950s, largely thanks to businesses keen to exploit its commercial potential.
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Choosing a puppy Let’s face it, puppies are little bundles of gorgeousness and when choosing one it’s easy to get carried away, but don’t. It is important to think very carefully about whether that puppy (or indeed any puppy) is a good choice. But let’s assume for now that you’ve decided you really do have room in your life for a dog. The first step is to research which breed or type of mongrel suits your circumstances, and also the dog’s size and nature. Have you got room for a puppy that will grow into a large dog? How much time do you have to exercise a dog? Do you have children, or any other pets that it must be compatible with? In addition to the purchase cost, what ongoing costs must you consider e.g. food and vet bills; a large dog will eat much more than a small one, and some breeds are prone to medical problems which may be expensive to treat. Consider the dog’s coat if shedding hair might be an issue. Would a dog or a bitch be a better choice? Male dogs can be more dominant and headstrong; with females, you will need to consider how you will cope when she comes into season.
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Preparing for the coming of Spring The weather last year was not at all gardening friendly, so I doubt I am alone in hoping for something a little more comfortable in 2016! Indeed, the weather was so bad for so much of the season that many gardeners simply gave up, especially on bedding plants. As I write this in late January, the winter has been relatively mild, but many records have been broken for the amount of rainfall we have endured. The unseasonable weather has not had any major effects on the garden, but you must not let the mild weather fool you as spring is still some way away and frost is almost guaranteed before then. This is our favourite time of the year at Cardwell Garden Centre. Spring is around the corner and the potential for the whole year lies ahead of us. The garden centre is free from Christmas decorations, the gardening supplies are in place, early spring plants are looking great and our staff are back in their comfort zone! Although the spring season is still a while away, your garden can still use some attention. Early season seeds can be sown in heated conditions, onion sets and other vegetables can be prepared and even autumn bulbs are on sale in the garden centre! Plug plants
and seedlings for summer bedding and vegetables are also available, if you prefer the convenience of not growing from seed. However, if you are growing in a heated greenhouse or propagator you should leave the doors open during milder days and close them again in late afternoon. This serves two purposes. Firstly, it allows your young plants to become slowly accustomed to unheated conditions. This is invaluable prior to moving plants outside. There are a lot of plants lost to cold nights in Scotland and it pays to make sure the plants you grow, and buy, are capable of withstanding a cold night. This can be particularly true of plants you buy, so check where they come from. Good independent garden centres, including Cardwell, buy Scottish grown bedding plants that will easily handle all but the coldest of nights. Even after a cold snap, semi-hardy plants will bounce back quicker and stronger than plants shipped up from England, or even Europe. Also bear in mind that gardening TV programmes and many newpaper columns are based in England, where the temperatures are several degrees warmer than Scotland. The second reason for airing your seedlings is that it helps avoid fungal infections, which are a major killer of young plants. Early spring is the last
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opportunity to move any shrubs or do any pruning required. When moving shrubs remember to plant into new compost and, ideally, a small amount of bone meal. The bone meal will specifically encourage root growth. General fertiliser can be used later to encourage foliage growth and flowers. Top dressing borders and containers should also be done now. If it is not practical to completely replant and replace the soil in containers, remove and replace the top 2-3 inches or 5-8cm of the soil. Borders will also benefit from new soil or by the addition of some well rotted farm manure or chicken manure pellets. You will be surprised by the difference this can make and both manures are cheap to buy. Depending on the weather during March your lawn may or may not be growing. If it is not growing fast I would suggest doing nothing to it until April. If the grass has grown and you wish to trim it then you can do so now, but you should only take a very small amount off it. Your lawn will not need fed until April. Next issue we will look at summer bedding plants, the lawn and some ideas for mature plants in the garden. @westendlife
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Signature looks for Spring. As I begin writing, the snow is falling heavily outside, covering everything in its all encompassing white blanket and Springtime seems such a long way away.
However here are some of the biggest catwalk fashion trends so you are organised for when it finally does come.
White Shirts The humble white shirt is a Spring/Summer 2016 essential. It will see you through every occasion from casual to evening wear. Your basic white shirt in cotton will be a staple wardrobe addition when worn with your jeans for a crisp preppy look or worn loose with a tank underneath - perfect for your day to day life. At the other end of the fashion spectrum, white shirts were seen matched with beautiful summer skirts and elegant trousers for a much more sophisticated look as seen at Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrerra and many more. These shirts are more fitted to the body and are in luxurious and more expensive fabrics like silk and taffeta, some have beautiful ruffled necklines rather than a collar and some are swathed and tied elegantly around the body. However you wear it, whenever you wear it and how often you wear it is up to you, the important thing is that you get one!
Spanish Influences Conjuring up memories of sultry warm holidays in the Mediterranean, this trend is a romantic and feminine style suitable in its many guises for just about everyone. Alexander McQueen, Lanvin and Gucci showed the most beautiful creations but similar (and much more affordable) styles are beginning to filter through to the high street shops. Featuring off the shoulder tops, lots of ruffles, bold red and bright colours and pretty flamenco style skirts. Itâ€™s time to dream a little dream of the holidays. Ole!
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Shoulders on Show
Probably the most heavily featured trend with most designers showing off shoulders in one form or another, from summer dresses and tops to oversized relaxed lightweight sweaters. Shoulders are having a moment. Being hailed as the new modest erogenous zone, it’s a flirty show of skin without baring too much. Get ready to bring your shoulders out of hibernation as there won’t be much chance of escaping this trend, nor should you want to - It’s pretty and modern and you can show a little or a lot!
As I finish this article, I’m afraid to say it’s still snowing. Not good! Here’s to Spring and the baring of shoulders.
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Talks Historical Association Talks Wednesday 10th February 5:30pm Hillhead Library, Gathering the Voices Steve Anson will speak about his father’s experience including
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Kristalnacht and then coming to Scotland. To learn more about the collection of testimonies from men and women who sought sanctuary in Scotland to escape the racism of Nazi-dominated Europe www.gatheringthevoices.com Thursday 17th March 5:30pm Seminar Room, Mediaeval History, 10 University Gardens, University of Glasgow ‘John Knox’ Professor Jane Dawson’s talk is based on her recent biography of John Knox. Professor Dawson has discovered new sources which have led her to reinterpret Knox’s life. Her findings challenge the traditional stereotype of John Knox as the Calvinist killjoy. For further information, contact the Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Scallops with Black Pudding, Crispy Pancetta & Lemon Butter Sauce Serves 2 as a starter Ingredients 6 slices thin cut pancetta 2 slices of Black Pudding 50ml Butter Sauce 4 hand-dived scallops (white meat only) 1 tbsp sunflower oil 2 handfuls mixed organic salad leaves 1 tbsp good quality olive oil 1/2 tsp lemon juice, & a few extra drops Malden sea salt & freshly ground black pepper For the butter sauce: 30gm very finely chopped shallots 30ml white wine vinegar 45ml dry white wine 30ml water 15ml double cream 120gm unsalted, cubed, chilled butter Freshly squeezed lemon juice Malden salt & freshly ground black pepper.
Method Lay the slices of pancetta and black pudding onto baking parchment and bake in a 200°C oven until the black pudding is cooked and the bacon is crisp and golden, about 4 – 5 minutes. Drain off the fat and gently scrunch up the slices and keep just warm. To make the butter sauce, place the shallots, vinegar, white wine and water in a small saucepan and reduce until just over a quarter remains. Add the cream and boil. Chuck in all the diced butter and whisk for all your worth. The ideal temperature of the mix is 50c. Too hot and the mix will boil and split, too cold and the butterfat will start to set and also split. You are looking for a smooth and shiny sauce with no hint of an oily film on the surface. Pass through a fine sieve, season with lemon juice, salt and pepper and keep warm. Heat a heavy duty frying pan. Add the sunflower oil. Slice the scallops across the equator and place into the pan cut side first. This is the side that has never
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been in contact with direct water and it will caramelise perfectly. Do not put too many in the pan at one time, do this in 2 batches (or more if cooking for a larger number). Sear the scallops for 60 seconds, turn over and sear for 45 seconds. Turn once more and give a final 60 seconds and then remove onto a clean tray and keep warm. Repeat process until all of the scallops are cooked. The reason for this 3 step process is that scallops will shrink on contact with a hot pan, and actually the centre of the scallop will arch up, leaving the pan. Flipping the scallop over will reverse this, meaning that the full surface of the scallop will be caramelising in the final second, as opposed to the edges only. Using a large bowl, toss the salad leaves in the olive oil and lemon juice and season. Take two warm plates and place the cooked black pudding in the centre, set a mound of salad on top. Arrange the scallops around the salad and pour a thin stream of sauce around the scallops. Top the salad with three slices of the crispy pancetta and serve.
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Some Like It Hot... Bikram Glasgow, Scotland’s first hot yoga studio, recently celebrated its third year in business at the distinctive West End studio in Byres Road.
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