Friday, 27 December 2013

Celebrating Yuletide

So, once again both Christmas and Boxing Day have finally passed, with everything that goes with the season! I had a very quiet celebration this year, just staying at home on 25 December and visiting a few family members in Glasgow on the 26th. Although there were no grand parties or enormous family gatherings for me this year, it was a really nice couple of days and I wanted to just share a few thoughts and photos about the festive season this year.

First of all, it was with huge relief that I learned that the Arctic 30 have been given amnesty by the Russian parliament (even though it's an amnesty for a crime they didn't commit!) and that the activists and two freelance journalists are now finally heading home today. Clearly, the fact that they were detained and imprisoned at all is an outrage, and we still need to do a lot of work to get their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, back, but it's still great news that they will be able to get home before the new year.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

The Arctic 30 have been granted amnesty!

Photo credit: Greenpeace

Great news this week: the 28 Arctic Sunrise crew members and two freelance journalists who were arrested in September in international waters and then imprisoned for two months in Russia have been granted amnesty by the Russian parliament. Obviously this is a huge relief for them, their friends and families, and hopefully it might mean that they can get home for Christmas. However, the reason that they were out there on board the Greenpeace ship was to try to protect the Arctic from oil exploration, and with that there is so much more that needs to be done.

First of all, however, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped put pressure on their Russian embassies for the release of the Arctic 30, particularly friends and family who put up with repeated emails from me on the subject, everyone who came out to the many protests around the world, including here in Edinburgh at the Russian consulate and down in London at the Russian embassy, and those who wrote to their elected representatives to get them freed.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Winter Spice Jam

This autumn, I made my first ever batch of jam and was completely surprised at how easy it was to make really nice homemade jam, so I've been making more ever since! Pretty much every time I realise that I have enough empty jam jars, I get a new batch on the go. I've made pear and apple jam, pineapple jam and last week I tried out making up my own recipe, winter spice jam.

Recipe: Winter Spice Jam