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hat is not to love about a panto? It should be enshrined in the rights of all Scottish children that they get taken to - and perform in at least one - pantomime. The first time you take a child into a theatre you get as much fun watching the kids as you do the show as they react to all the colour, lights and fun. Brendon McIlroy is directing A Lad in Maryhill, a very Glasgow take on the panto story in a production with West End Festival and Halo Arts at Maryhill Community Central Halls. The idea is that high quality, professional panto not only belongs in the city centre but in your local community – Oh yes it does! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at West End Life.
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Welcome to Winter – dressing in style during the Festive Season
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HERE’S TO US THIS HOGMANAY!
ogmany is the big one; historically Christmas Day played second fiddle to New Year celebrations in Scotland. Many people today forget Christmas Day did not become a public holiday in Scotland until 1958. New Year’s Eve is when Scotland shows the world how to throw a party, whether you are all dressed up in your finery, wrapped up warm for a street event or celebrating at home with family and friends. There is always something very special about ‘the bells’ when midnight chimes across Glasgow. Traditionally all the ships’ horns and sirens sounded on the Clyde and echoed around the city; listen out to hear if you can catch the few that are left today. Scotland gave the world THE song to celebrate the New Year. Many attribute Auld Lang Syne song to Robert Burns, but he said he ‘collected’ it from an old man and added to the lyrics. We also have culinary traditions in the west of Scotland of a butcher shop-bought steak pie for New Year’s Day dinner and also black bun. The ‘bun’ is spiced, dried fruit mix wrapped in pastry and made in a loaf tin or shape, almost like an enormous mince pie but with a far higher ratio of fruit to pastry. It should be made in advance to ‘mature’.
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SHAKE IT OFF! Are you regretting over indulging?
ou had one too many mince pies and went a bit too heavy on the turkey and trimmings and now you are paying for it. Feeling a little bloated and jaded are we? Well there is only one thing to do - go outside and shake it off. Wrap yourself up warm, get those wellies or hiking boots on and get out there! You could try a leisurely stroll around the Botanic Gardens if you do not want to be too strenuous. The paths around the River Kelvin are always popular, or the Kelvin Walkway’s 10 miles between Glasgow to Milngavie. At Mugdock Park, Milngarvie, you can pick and mix the trails depending how long you want your walk to be, plus bikes to rent. Milgarvie also has the start of the West Highland Way . . . if you are feeling really energetic. A walk on a cold, crisp, bright day in a urban setting can be magic, perhaps stopping off for coffee or hot chocolate somewhere along the route. Remember that
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and you can quote me on this! Impress people with your wit and erudition - memorise a couple of these, and lob them into the conversation during Hogmanay An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. - BILL VAUGHAN
New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
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The Glorious Revolution
f you want to know why and how you voted in the General Election on Thursday December 12, go along to the Glasgow and West of Scotland branch of the Historical Association’s talk that evening at Hillhead Library. The talk is by DR Ian McIntyre on ‘The Glorious Revolution 1688-89’. His theme is the Glorious Revolution from a Scottish perspective. He is giving this talk in response to requests after his earlier talk to the branch on Darien and the evening will feature some of his newest research. This throws light on the Revolution of 1689, when politics and religion were not separate and we still live with the consequences. Admission is free, the members always make people very welcome and the talk begins at 5.30pm. For further information, contact the Secretary: email@example.com 27
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he run up to Christmas and the New Year is a quiet time in the garden. That is just as well, given how the weather has been over October and November. As much as I enjoy the festive season, the winter solstice is always noted in my diary on December 22 as it represents the darkest the day of the winter and, therefore; the days will slowly begin to get longer after the solstice. It is of little importance, I grant you, but is a psychological milestone for someone who craves the long evenings of summer. If you feel the need to do something in the garden, or just to escape the house on a nicer day, there are always odd jobs to catch up on. Make sure all debris from storms and high winds has been removed from lawns, beds and paths. Gutters are always an issue if you have surrounding trees. I am not a fan of ladders and if that applies to you, I recommend getting prices for someone to come in and do it for you. There are plenty of commercial gardeners who are happy to perform odd jobs at this time of year and will supply a quotation to do the gutters and roofs for you. I always recommend agreeing costs and details up front. Written quotes and copies of their liability insurance are the best way to go. Insurance is often overlooked when hiring workmen, but really is a must for anyone working at your home. You can still plant deciduous trees and shrubs during December and good garden centres like Cardwell will still have plants available. Deciduous plants only simply because they are more or less dormant just now. If you have Acers ( Japanese Maple) in your garden, then you will have enjoyed the vibrant display they inevitably put on every autumn. Any trimming or pruning of Acers should be done during December, thus avoiding the pruned limbs from â€˜bleedingâ€™ too much. 28
Well established hardy perennials should be fine during the worst of the winter weather, although care should be taken in the event of snow or prolonged periods of frost. Less hardy or newly planted young plants should be offered protection in the form of frost protection fleece. Frost protection should be wrapped around the entire plant as best as you can manage. If you wrap the plant 3-4 times this will create air pockets between the layers that act as insulation. String, or even elastic bands, can be used to hold it in place. When there is a milder period you should remove the fleece to allow any condensation to be released and not promote fungal or bacterial growth. Fleece should not be left on for long periods without the plant being aired. It is not just plants in the ground that are affected by frost, tubs and baskets can be damaged, as well. Containers can be placed on pot feet to lift them off the ground, reducing the chance of the soil itself freezing. Winter hanging baskets can be wrapped or taken down and stored during prolonged frost, but, assuming you have winter bedding in the baskets, they should recover. Winter baskets and tubs do not require as much watering as
summer plants and watering them prior to frost will cause more damage than them being under watered. Away from the garden your houseplants will require less watering over winter, but they are still a great addition to any room. Basic requirements for most houseplants are some daylight and a consistent temperature. Avoid placing houseplants near outside doors and radiators. Bathrooms are a nightmare for houseplants! It is something our horticulturists at Cardwell are frequently asked and the simple answer is most houseplants are not suited to the changing environments of a bathroom. The best solution is to have three to four plants that you like and rotate them from the bathroom to other rooms in the house every couple of weeks. This gives each plant time to recover before being returned to the bathroom. Houseplants also make great gifts at this time of year. Of course, the usual Poinsettia, Cyclamen and Christmas Cactus are the most popular, but there are plenty of others if you fancy something a bit different. At Cardwell, we sell a lot of planted bowls for Christmas and many of them will have prepared Hyacinths or Amaryllis to give both colour and fragrance. Finally, please take a moment to remember our feathered friends in the garden. It has been a bumper autumn for berries on trees, so the bird population has had a good start to winter, but that food source will soon dry up. Prolonged cold spells and snow are when the
birds really need our assistance. Bird foods should have a high fat content, like peanuts and suet balls. Seeds are also a good part of their diet. Bird bath water should be replaced every week or so and any ice that forms on top needs to be broken up. May I take this opportunity to wish every one of you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, from everyone at Cardwell Garden Centre.
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