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20 HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION 23 PROPERTY 28 ENJOY YOUR SPRING GARDEN

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id you know that originally Mother’s Day wasn’t about your mum at all? It was the day you had to return to your Mother Church, where you were baptised, and as it was church law all employers and apprentice masters had no choice but to let people go. What a cunning plan to make them give servants and workers a day off. As this was one of the few times people could go home and see their family they picked flowers along the way or brought home a gift. As centuries unfolded the event became more about celebrating mothers. So this year, on Sunday March 22 let your mum, granny or in-law know how much they are appreciated! We have plenty of inspiration for your Mothers’ Day celebration in this edition. So make that reservation for lunch, get those flowers bought and a box of chocs wrapped because, yes, they are worth it!

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ave you or a loved one had a stroke? Are you frustrated that you aren’t able to use your affected hand as much as you would like? Would you like to try to improve your ability to use your hand and get a bit more independence back? Most of the Stroke Survivors I work with tell me how they remain frustrated that they are not as independent as they would like. They feel that if they could get better use of their hand then they would be more independent. Pretty much all stroke survivors have had specialist Neuro-Physiotherapy in the past that focused on improving your walking and balance, but very few have had the amount of support they would like to get more independent with using your hand. Does this sound like you? Or your loved one? If so, I would like to let you know that even though your stroke was a few years ago, there is still potential to make improvements and get more independent use out of your hand.

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‘Reading for pleasure is more important than social class in determining economic and academic success.’ – UNESCO ‘A library card is one of the best gifts you can give your child.’ – GLASGOW LIFE

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chools and libraries are on a mission – to generate a love of books and reading from the earliest age possible. The Scottish Book Trust says cuddling up with a book is also an excellent way for families to spend time together, develop their relationships and most importantly, have fun. Through its Bookbug scheme the trust gives every child in Scotland four, free, Bookbug Bags between birth and the age of five. Each bag contains picture books, CDs and other

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize is voted for by young people in schools and libraries across Scotland. Voting is open until February 7 and the winner will be announced on Thursday February 27.

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The big BID iceberg... Visit West End works hard, mostly behind the scenes to keep the area vibrant

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ristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, was right when he said: ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’ Today we call it synergy and if you want to see this in action look no further than Visit West End. It is the public face of the Business Improvement District (BID) for the Byres Road and Lanes area. Deborah Murray, project manager, and John Turner, who chairs the organisation, have likened it to an ice berg – the general public only see the tip of what they do. Underneath there is lobbying, liaising, researching and networking – to keep the area a vibrant and prosperous place to live and work with a viable range of shops and services. The result is one of the best shopping, eating and cultural areas of the city which has become a powerful tourist magnet. In a BID businesses invest collectively in additional local projects and services to enhance their trading performance and environment.

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‘It is about trying to increase footfall and spending, and reduce costs,’ said Deborah. What the public sees is the financial support for projects such as The West End Festival, St Andrew’s Day Parade and the hosting of events such as Byres Road Fashion Show, Outdoor Cinema in the Botanics, Byres Road Book Festival and Christmas on Byres Road. Businesses benefit from an improved refuse collection thanks to the BID working with Changeworks recycling and eyebright ltd which helps organise and purchase utilities for them, saving money and time. WWW.WESTENDLIFE.BIZ

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‘We also act like a welcoming committee for new businesses and help them network.’ said Deborah. John Turner, who runs Janet & John Scottish Arts and Crafts with his wife, Janet, based in DeCourcy’s Arcade, said: ‘People do not see around 80 per cent of our work.’ Recently this has involved making sure that local business voices are heard over the design of cycle lanes which could have had major implications for parking, pedestrian flow and ease of access for disabled people. And now there is a new addition to the BID work - helping to widen the portfolio of businesses in the area by liaising with start ups and relocations and the area’s property owners as a go-between, helping to match the right business to the right premises. A bit like a match-maker or dating agency – what’s not to love in the West End? WWW.WESTENDLIFE.BIZ

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One of the big success stories is The Visit West End Card, which is a Mastercard-based gift card which can be used in a network of more than 60 businesses on and around Byres Road. It works just like a shopping centre gift card but is spread across a wider area with plenty of choice. It gives local businesses a tool with which they can compete with shopping centres’ and major retailers’ gift cards.

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THE FOOD OF LOVE Whether it is vanilla ones, made by the kids for Mother’s Day, or your partner decides to rustle up romantic red velvet ones for Valentine’s day - your cup (cakes) will runneth over with love. Let’s get baking!

RED VELVET CUPCAKES

A chocolate sponge, coloured a deep red and a luxury cream cheese topping. How romantic and perfect with something fizzy and alcoholic! INGREDIENTS

For the sponge 150g plain flour 1 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 50g butter softened 150g caster sugar 1 large egg beaten 1 tsp vanilla paste 100ml buttermilk 50ml vegetable oil 1 tsp white wine vinegar Red colouring

METHOD

Line a cupcake tin with 12 cases. Oven on 180°C, 160°C fan, gas mark 4. Sieve the flour, cocoa, bicarb and a pinch of fine salt into bowl; and mix together well.  In a separate bowl use electric whisk to together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, oil and vinegar until combined. Gradually mix the wet ingredients into the dried. When combined mix in the red food colouring; different makes and varieties vary so go slowly until you have a deep red colour. Divide  between the paper cases and bake for 15 mins. Icing Beat together the butter and icing sugar until pale and fluffy. Then beat in the loosened cream cheese until well combined. When cakes are cool either pipe (star nozzle) or pile on the icing, giving it a sexy swirl.

For the cream cheese icing 100g slightly salted butter, softened 25g icing sugar 100g full fat cream cheese, beat lightly before use to smooth out

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City says it is the birthplace of the red velvet cake.

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FINISHING TOUCHES

KIDS’ CUPCAKES

The basic recipe, true and tested and sure to turn out right. The fun comes in the decorating with lots to sprinkle on or perhaps some ready-made toppers for smaller children. Supervise the bottles of food colouring, or things could get messy. INGREDIENTS

For the sponge 115g butter or margarine 115g caster sugar 2 large eggs 140g self-raising flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon vanilla essence For the icing 85g butter or margerine 225g icing sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla essence 2 tbsps milk

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Oven on at 190°C, 170°C fan, gas mark 5; with a shelf second from the top. Put 12 cupcake cases into the holes of the tin. Place all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon, or electric mixer, until well mixed. Divide between the cupcake paper cases. Bake on the second shelf from top for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool on a wire tray. Icing Beat together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk until light and creamy. Now is the time to add colour; mix well for solid colour or swirl through before piping or spreading over cupcakes. Unleash the children with the decorations of their choice and stand well back.

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ashion and Fitness make a perfect match and the name given to this hybrid is ‘Athleisure’. Defined in the dictionary as ‘casual clothing to be worn for exercising and general use’ it’s now one of the biggest influences in the fashion industry. According to Global Data statistics, the UK sportswear market is set to reach £6.7 billion by 2023 - Now, that’s a really big slice of the fashion pie! Social media is part of the reason for this huge growth in everyday casual wear. The ‘Instagram’ influencers glossy girls who post lots of photographs showing themselves sipping healthy green juices, (freshly blended of course) to displaying their spectacular, (if slightly unrealistic), yoga moves on beautiful deserted beaches - all while wearing covetable high end sportswear. This ‘lifestyle’ is the perfect

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balance between performance, aesthetics and fashion and has us all wanting to tap into it. (Disclaimer - don’t try the ultra advanced yoga poses without the assistance of a trained professional!) Seriously though, with more and more of us caring for our overall health and wellbeing, it makes perfect sense to feel comfortable and look amazing all at the same time. Whilst undoubtedly casual, the Athleisure trend still takes time and effort to successfully pull together. However, once mastered it’s a wardrobe that will then easily take you from the early morning school run to your choice of fitness class - gym, spinning, running, yoga, boxing, dancing, golf or tennis and then on to whatever else the day may bring. There’s no need to change out of these clothes - they are wear all day, look good, feel good products.

With Athleisure’s popularity soaring, it appears that most retailers want a slice of this calorie free, gluten free, sugar free, yet still delicious pie! Everyone, from top design houses like Chanel and Gucci to high street shops like M&S, Matalan, New Look and H&M all have their own ‘in house’ designers working to bring us on trend athletic clothes. While designer sportswear may be prohibitively expensive, if you are looking for something a bit different but more affordable - you could try these brands: Lululemon, Sweaty Betty, GymShark and Fabletics. All of them offer well designed, fashion forward pieces. There’s also the more traditional brands such as Nike, Under Armour, New Balance and Adidas, all of whom are forging forward with innovative developments in fabrics and construction as well as design. There’s everything from sweat wicking fabrics, which help keep your body cool, to technology which inhibits the growth of the bacteria which causes odour. There’s also lots of research and development being done on highly innovative tracking technology. Incorporated into sports and casual wear, it monitors your every breath and movement. (If you are into that kind of thing!)

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Mugdock has lots of events and activities for 2020 and the Easter programme is no exception. From a mixture of Ranger led activities to ‘have a go craft’ sessions there’s something to attract everyone. Our new ‘what’s on’ booklet, starting from March 2020 is available in the Visitor Centre detailing all the events and activities for the next 6 months. You can also check out our website at www.mugdock-countrypark.org.uk or our facebook page and posters around the Park. Please check our website for prices and booking details for all the events below or call the Visitor Centre on 0141 956 6100.

Mugdock Sensational Safari Wonderful Welly Walk! No parents required. Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Tuesday 11th February 1pm - 4pm.

Drop in Craft Sessions

From age 5 + supervision. Tuesday 11th February 10am 12pm & 1pm - 4pm.

Lenzie Sensational Safari

Messing About on the Moss! No parents required. Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Wednesday 12th February 1pm - 4pm.

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EASTER AT MUGDOCK!

Mugdock Sensational Safari

The Great Welly Walk! No parents required, suitable for 8-12 year olds. Tuesday 7th April 1pm - 4pm.

Drop in Craft Sessions

From age 5+ supervision. Tuesday 7th April at 10am - 12pm & 1pm-4pm.

Wildlife Weans, Mugdock

Fabulous Bird Feeders! Wednesday 8th April 10.30am - 11.30am or 1.30pm - 2.30pm.

Mugdock Sensational Safari

Under Water and Over Land. No parents required, suitable for 8-12 year olds. Thursday 9th April 1pm - 4pm.

Wildlife Weans, Mugdock

The Great Egg Hunt! For 5 years and under with their grown-ups. Friday 10th April 10.30am 11.30am or 1.30pm - 2.30pm.

Easter Fun at Mugdock Country Park

Celebrate all things spring-like and join in with some cracking activities! The search is on in our great Easter egg hunt, create a wildlife pavement art masterpiece,

and bring a hard-boiled egg for the egg rolling competition. Activities based around the Visitor Centre. Egg Hunt £3 per child. Tickets should be purchased from the Visitor Centre on arrival. Sunday 12th April 2pm - 4pm.

Children’s Cinema

Toy Story 4. Sunday 12th at 11am.

Wildlife Weans, Mugdock

Amazing Amphibians! For 5 years and under with their grown-ups. Tuesday 14th April 10.30am 11.30am or 1.30pm - 2.30pm.

Mugdock Sensational Safari

Woodland Discoveries. No parents required, suitable or 8-12 year olds Wednesday 15th April 1pm - 4pm.

Mugdock Castle Open Day

Saturday 28th March at 12pm 4pm. Come down to the Castle and have an opportunity to climb the tower and take in the magnificent views of the Park and beyond. You can also find out about becoming a Volunteer Castle Steward. Refreshment stall, raffle, children’s crafts and egg and spoon race.

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Walk for Parkinson's Chatelherault Country Park Sunday 31 May 2020 10:00am

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Consolidation and Clan Lachlan’, to follow a talk on the rebuilding of the Puffer VIC 32. The speaker will be Donald Maclauchlan. Admission is free, the members always make people very welcome and for further information, contact the secretary: gwsbhistoricalassociation@gmail.com

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ow that the festive period is a distant memory and we are all trying to maintain our New Year’s resolutions, our collective thoughts can turn to Spring and the inevitable burst of colour and life that awaits us in our gardens and in nature. We love Spring at Cardwell and I think it is important to take the time to welcome it’s arrival. The transition between the bare branches of deciduous trees and shrubs and the first bright green signs of growth are one of the most heart-warming sights of the season. Even an evergreen Laurel hedge outside my living room window will have an amazing range of shades of green that are, honestly, the highlight of an otherwise plain display throughout the year. Although the winter weather has brought more wind and rain than anything else it is too early to assume that we have escaped any frost or snow. February, March and even April will almost certainly hold some frost for our gardens, particularly if you live inland. Coastlines and cities tend to avoid the worst of the cold, but precautions should still be taken. Have a look around your trees and bushes for damage caused by the high winds we have experienced. Damaged limbs are usually best removed and if these limbs are of a significant size or are high up, please consider hiring a professional to help you.

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The type of fertiliser to use will, again, depend As always, obtain quotations for any work you on what you plan on growing. It is definitely worth require and check that the operator has any necessary taking a little time to plan what you intend to plant insurance before allowing them to work on your where, bearing in mind what you wish to achieve property. when it is all said and done. Height, width and colour We have been subjected to a high volume of rain should be considered. in Gourock over the last three or four months, high A natural fertiliser like well-rotted manure or even for Gourock! The ground is at saturation point a man-made granular fertiliser are commonly used in many places and, unless you are able to provide to boost your soil. Both will offer your plants all sufficient drainage, there is not a lot you can do about the nutrients they need when they are planted and, it. depending on the fertiliser used, will feed them Try not to walk on the lawn if the soil underneath through at least the early part of the is very wet as you may leave indents season. which could remain once the grass The first bright In most cases some more fertiliser has recovered. The flip side of that green signs of will need to be added later in the advice is that this is the ideal time to growth are one of year and this may need to be a sort out any bumps that you already the most heartdifferent fertiliser to achieve different have on the lawn. warming sights of outcomes. I have said it before, there Other than perhaps using a the season. is no one fertiliser that is suitable for garden fork or aerator to create everything in your garden. drainage through the upper layer of If you are not familiar with the large range of soil, I would suggest you leave the lawn alone until at fertilisers and other treatments that we stock at least April, maybe even May. Cardwell, we are more than happy to guide you If it does begin to grow during a mild spell, then through and help you choose exactly what you need. you should only give it a very light trim. This will It can appear daunting trying to figure out what is allow it to build up it’s strength prior to the main right for you and most folk are not experts, but our growing season. staff are. Beds and borders in the garden can be We offer free and unbiased advice, so please do reinvigorated by the addition of fertiliser, which not be afraid to ask for help with any aspect of your should be dug through the soil to a similar depth as garden. the plants that you intend to use. The aim here is to And remember to take the time to simply notice mix the fertiliser a little bit deeper and wider than the root system of the plants that will live here, allowing Spring’s arrival. It won’t come around again until the roots access to the nutrients as they grow. next year.

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