Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Back in October last year, I was at home and bored whilst isolating after my partner had a Covid-19 close contact at work when I saw that a friend had recently completed the Couch To 5K plan. Whilst I've always kept fairly fit and cycled regularly throughout my life, I'd definitely been feeling that I hadn't been as active as I normally am since the pandemic hit, so the idea of this programme really appealed to me, taking participants from not running at all to being able to run consistently for 30 minutes three times a week in just 9 weeks. I'm delighted to be able to say that this week I completed the program!
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
This year has been a strange one. With the majority of my work normally coming from the live entertainment industry, I've had an unprecedented amount of time on my hands since March when all our work just shut down overnight. Normally I would have been travelling, working and keeping generally busy over the last seven months; in fact right now I was originally scheduled to be on tour with an aerial theatre show in England this week! I honestly can't remember the last time that I was consistently at home in Edinburgh for such a long time.
One thing I've been doing at home is getting back into growing my own food again. We're lucky enough to have a south facing window in our flat which is perfect for growing tomatoes and chillies, and despite a late start we've had a couple of homegrown tomatoes already and the chilli plants have started to flower. We've also grown some French beans on the railing in front of our tenement which were really successful - we'll definitely be growing some more again next year. I've found the website and some of the books from Allotment & Gardens to be really useful resources and am using them to plan some more growing next year, so definitely check them out if you're interested in growing your own too.
Friday, 20 March 2020
Whilst I am trying to take some time back for myself to reset and to look after myself and my partner (who also works in theatre), I am also trying to put my skills and experience gained from years of peace and environmental activism to good use. In the hope that the things I am doing might be useful for others, you can find below some of the stuff I've been involved with over the last week and suggestions for how you can also try to work for good in your own community:
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
This is part three of my series about my trip earlier this year to New York City. Click on the links in the text to read parts one and two.
Back in February I visited New York City and managed to write up posts one and two about it in March, but then life caught up with me so I've been a bit delayed getting this final post up.
Next on my trip I continued to make use of my New York Pass as I made a visit to the New York Historical Society, which despite being a small museum had some really interesting exhibitions, including a permanent display of Tiffany lamps and a temporary exhibition of work by Betye Saar.
Thursday, 7 March 2019
This is part two of my series about my recent trip to New York City. To read part one, just click here.
On day two of our visit to New York, Paul had the day off from work so we headed straight to the all-vegan Champs Diner in Brooklyn that morning which had been highly recommended to us by several people and we were not disappointed! On the left is the Benedict with what Americans call hash browns (somewhat different to what we think of over here!) and on the right is the Breakfast Slam. Both were exceptionally good!
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
|View of New York City from Top of the Rock|
Sunday, 6 January 2019
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Back in 2013 I posted about a veg box I used to get regularly delivered back when I worked regular hours at the University of Edinburgh. Whilst this was great at the time, once my schedule became more erratic and involved more travelling this stopped working out for me and so I stopped the delivery.
However, recently as looked at me and my partner's calendars for the upcoming months, I realised we're both going to be mostly based at home until January at least, so I decided to give a veg box a try once again. Having looked at the options available, I went with East Coast Organics as they are both local and make it easy to suspend one or more upcoming box deliveries through their website, meaning that when we go away for periods of time we can easily stop the deliveries until we return.
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Thursday, 1 November 2018
This year Paul and I decided to carve some pumpkins for Halloween, but of course I knew that we couldn't let the pumpkin flesh go to waste. According to a recent article I read online, more than half the buyers of pumpkins in the UK intend to bin the flesh as food waste! This really shocked me as there are so many delicious things you can do with it.