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Kitchens at the heart Affordable Luxuries has created the perfect backdrop When it comes to kitchens at Affordable Luxuries each one and each client is unique but you will find customers all say the same things afterwards: “Our kitchen is now the room we use the most.” Nothing is too much bother for Tom and Helen McDonald who have run their business for 18 years, and in-house designer David. The level of craftsmanship is unmatched with Tom projectmanaging from start to finish.

Tony and Marie Tony and Marie’s kitchen has one of the most spectacular views of any Affordable Luxuries project, looking out over the Clyde to the Argyll hills and beyond so a dusting of snow would be the perfect finishing touch for Christmas. Entertaining was high on the list when designing the perfect kitchen for this couple who love to entertain family and friends. Tony is a trained chef, so it had to meet his exacting standards. The Affordable Luxuries team suggested incorporating the under-utilized dining room and merging it into the existing kitchen diner for maximum impact. Tony and Marie decided on a wide range of Siemens appliances to give them plenty of options and capacity for their entertaining

Ronnie and Carol The Affordable Luxuries team headed down to Inverkip Marina and the home of Ronnie and Carol for what was one of their most intriguing and enjoyable projects. Ronnie is an artist, with commissions throughout Europe and the Far East.

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They chose to have drawers under the worktops throughout the kitchen, except the corners and under the sink. Affordable Luxuries created bespoke bookshelves for Ingrid’s cookery book collection. They even measured my cookery books to get the shelf heights right! ‘It is that kind of attention to detail that we loved. There is no wasted space anywhere.’

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Eaten too much at Christmas? Get your walking shoes on! Take a break from the mince pie marathon and the goggle-box binge or googling and get out in the fresh-air By Joanne Simms forks, take the right-hand fork along the river bank until you come to a statue. By the bridge, take a right and go under the bridge. Walk by the statue of Carlyle and take the left-fork onto Kelvin Way and walk 250m, cross the river by the bridge, immediately turn right and that brings you to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, highlight of the walk. Gordon McMillan, of Wee Jaggy Plates, who makes the beautiful little grater plates at his pottery here in the West End, has planned this route for West End Life. Look out for Gordon, his partner Jana and Edwina their Staffiecross, as you will often see them on one of these paths. For stunning architecture, countryside in the city, great shops and eating along the route and two of Glasgow’s most famous destinations, this walk cannot be beaten, says Gordon. Our walk begins at Kelvinbridge Underground Station. Stay on the river level. Walk west towards the river, take the footpath and do not cross the bridge but continue on the path, heading south (the river will be on your right). After two minutes the footpath goes under Gibson Street and enters Kelvingrove Park. When the path

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I’m dreaming of a ... by Marilyn Thompson

Fashionably fabulous Christmas gift. One that is desirable, stylish, luxurious and most importantly, one that’s actually wanted.

Wouldn’t we all like to receive a gift like that? The key to buying the perfect gift is to really think about the person you are buying for and to delve a bit deeper into what they would really, really like. Now, this does take a little time and some imagination but, compared to buying lots of expensive, and let’s face it, probably unwanted gifts (which will languish in a cupboard before being donated to the next tombola for another unfortunate to receive), wouldn’t it be so much better to give the perfect gift instead. This Christmas, some forward planning and this stylish guide could ensure that you are the best Santa ever! So, we’ve established that you’ve got to really think about the person you’re buying for and to treat them with something they perhaps couldn’t justify buying for themselves, a box of Thorntons chocolates is just not going to cut it this year! (No offence to Thorntons, I do love their Viennese truffles) Concentrate on one special present, which is exquisitely wrapped - trust me - this trumps lots of little, ultimately standard purchases in hastily wrapped packaging. Remember, good things come in small packages and the wrapping of gifts should be part of the overall pleasure of giving a gift.

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Okay, now for some actual ideas - here are some of my top picks. Anya Hindmarsh Leather initial sticker -This is perfect for phone cases and it comes beautifully packaged. Personalisation is still huge. Glossier skincare - This cult American brand has a fabulous reputation and is only just available in the UK. Lucky Number Necklace - This necklace by Sif Jacobs is so pretty. What’s your favourite persons lucky number? Fortnum & Mason Hamper - Special, practical and delicious there’s one for almost every price range (up to £6000, yes, £6000 for a food hamper - you read that correctly!) Cashmere Bobble Hat - Cashmere is the key word here - luxurious, cosy & stylish. In fact, anything cashmere would be just wonderful. Chanel Classic Handbag - If you want to be loved forever then seriously you could NOT go wrong with this bag. Handbag heaven! These are just some stylish, special Christmas gift ideas to point you in the right direction. For yourself, you may also want to leave this page open for your other half to see! Nothing like a (not so) subtle hint. I hope you give well and get a little something special yourself this Christmas, but do bear a thought for those who won’t be so fortunate and donate a gift, or volunteer your time and services to those in need.

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Last-minute Christmas Gift Cake Traditionally Christmas cakes are made well in advance but if you haven’t had time try our last-minute version. Because it makes two you can also give one away as a gift, and solve two problems with one recipe!

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Ingredients 600g good-quality mixed dried fruits 150ml whisky, warmed 150g stem ginger, drained, plus 8 tbsp ginger syrup from the jar 200g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 300g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp mixed spice 200g soft light brown sugar 4 large free-range eggs 2 tbsp milk Finely grated zest of 2 small oranges and 2 lemons 50g ground almonds 150g whole glacé cherries Method Put the dried fruits in a bowl and pour over the whisky. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the fruit to plump up.

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Spoon into the baking tin and level off. Bake for 1-1¾ hours (this depends very much on your oven. Fan ovens tend to be super-quick whereas an aga is slower). If you’re unsure I recommend you check after an hour then every fifteen minutes after that, until the cake is firm and golden brown. To check, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean the cake is cooked. You can cover it loosely with foil after 1 hour if the centre needs more time. This prevents the surface darkening too much. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool. Remove a thin slice from all sides of the cake and discard. Cut the cake in half to make 2 rectangles. Top with marzipan (optional) and white fondant icing and decorate with a sprig of holly or festive icing.

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Hillhead CC Meet 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm www.hillheadcc.org.uk

Monthly meetings on last Thursday of each month (except July & December) 7.30pm Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, Balmoral St, Glasgow G14 0BL E: scotscoco@gmail.com

Dowanhill, Hyndland and Kelvinside CC

North Kelvin CC

Meet 3rd Tuesday every month Venue: St Charles’ Church Hall, 1 Kelvinside Gardens, G20 6BG

Claythorn CC

Jordanhill CC Meet 1st Monday of the month except July and August at 7pm Jordanhill School, 45 Chamberlain Road, Glasgow, G13 1SP www.jordanhillcommunitycouncil.org.uk Facebook: Jordanhill Community Council Twitter: @JordanhillCC

Meet 2nd Monday of each month at Hillhead Sports Club (normally upstairs in the clubhouse) at 7:00pm 32 Hughenden Road GLASGOW G12 9XP

Meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month from September to June 7pm-9pm in the board room at Glasgow Clyde College Anniesland Campus, Hatfield Drive, Glasgow except when the College is closed and the meeting is either transferred to the first or third Tuesday of the month. www.Claythorncc.wordpress.com E: claythorn@gmail.com

Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch of the Historical Association. All talks are held in Hillhead Library at 5.30pm

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Thursday 8th February “How did the New Deal change America?” Professor Anthony Badger

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Composting & tidying there’s nothing else to do

October’s weather was much like the rest of the year, quite mild and wet. This is okay for the garden and prolongs the season slightly. Since the clocks changed and we had a couple of November storms, the temperatures have taken a significant drop. Of course, this means the deciduous trees have now dropped their leaves and these should be cleared up. As well as making paths and decking slippery, leaves will breakdown very quickly and this can cause the spread of fungal spores where they fall. This is particularly true of lawns and leaves should be removed from lawns within days of them falling.

These leaves can be disposed of in brown bins or by small fires (where allowed), but can also make very good compost. Very little work is needed to make leaf mould compost – simply pile them up in a quiet spot of the garden and spike the pile occasionally to let air in. Come spring, you will have some great compost to use almost anywhere in the garden. If you still have hanging baskets or planted tubs left over from summer, these can also be recycled, making sure nothing goes to waste. The plants can be composted by shredding them and making a heap of the plants, some torn up old newspaper and any raw vegetable peelings or trimmings you have from your kitchen. Cooked leftovers should not be used here. The compost left from baskets and tubs can be used as a mulch in beds and borders, assuming it has no parasites or diseases. One thing to be aware of, and something that we are frequently asked about at Cardwell Garden Centre, is confusing fertiliser in compost with insect eggs. Most modern composts you buy contain added fertiliser 28 | West Liferelease – Christmas in the form End of slow capsules,2017 the same as you

buy in the garden centre. These capsules are small, approximately 2mm spheres, and are usually white, yellow or blue in colour. You will see them randomly in the compost, where as insect eggs are typically smaller in size, found in batches and are usually white or black. The capsules are harmless and they will break down naturally in the soil over time. The empty baskets and tubs should be cleaned with an appropriate detergent and stored for re-use next year. While we are on the topic of insects, if you have any fruit trees in the garden you really should apply what are called ‘grease bands’ to the trunks. These adhesive strips are wrapped around the circumference of the tree trunk and present a physical barrier to insects who are looking for somewhere to lay their eggs. Not every retailer will stock grease bands as they are not a high sales product, so if you cannot find them check with us at Cardwell. If you still have planted tubs in the garden it is worth taking a few moments to consider the effect the winter frosts might have on them. By moving them to a sheltered location and by using pot feet to lift the base of the tub off the ground, you can help it cope with frost. If a hard frost is forecast then it is advisable to use frost protection fleece to wrap the pots. Several layers is best to create insulation. I know a lot of gardeners still use bubble wrap and other plastics for frost protection and this is fine as long as you do not leave it on for too long. If left on for several days and nights, the changes in temperatures will cause condensation to form on the inside of the bubble wrap and this can lead to disease. Finally, any outside taps or exposed water pipes should be properly insulated for winter. Garden hoses should be emptied of water and stored correctly. Power tools and hand tools should be cleaned, oiled and stored away until next year. I would like to take this opporunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from myself and everyone at Cardwell Garden Centre. @westendlife By Kieran Gallacher, Cardwell Garden Centre


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