We finally made it to see the bluebells in Dalkeith Country Park this weekend, we’d had a couple of days where we’d planned it but were rained off, and I was so worried we’d miss them, but they’re still out in their full glory. We met up with some friends who just moved back to Scotland after many years down south, and Milo and their little one got on brilliantly, yeah!
If you’ve been around here for a long time, you’ll know I love streetart – in fact, my first ever internet presence was a (super-clunky) website I had built myself from scratch to share streetart photos. This was before flickr even. I can’t remember what it was called or how it was hosted, and sometimes wonder if it’s still out there somewhere.
Anywhoo, after years and years of virtually nothing, there’s been a few new things. Some of the things shown in this post are obviously old things that have somehow survived, but there’s also new artists, yeah! The paste up monsters are all by the same person, @creaturesexist on instagram and are round the Shore. I think they’d been there for a while when I discovered them, so not all in great condition, and one I saw from their instagram is completely gone. I hope they make some more because they are the best!
Special shoutout also to the stomachaches person. I wouldn’t usually include them, as it’s not a very visually appealing thing, except for the fact that they obviously live really local to me. I’ve seen a few around town, but on the block around where I live in the Newington side of the Grange, they are literally on all the bins and boxes!
So… another one of these dresses (version 1 here, and version 2 here). I hadn’t really planned to make another practice one before the one for the wedding, but after number 2 ended up so wide I thought I better figure out what was going on. As I mentioned, I did cut it on the fold adding a seam allowance in versions 1 and 2, so I took that out for this, taking 3cms out of the centre. But apart from that, I didn’t narrow it at all and it was fine. No idea what was going on since I took 4 inches/10cms out of version 2, and nothing out of version 1. I am terrible at cutting out, but that’s A LOT of variation!
Anywhoo, it was ok. The only other change I made was to shorten the sleeves by about 10cms (which is also the bell-ey bit of them), just so I wouldn’t have two completely identical dresses. It’s not as noticable as I expected though. The fabric is stash stuff I got from a swap, originally Kerry‘s, I think she made a party dress for her daughter out of it. It’s quite stiff and I’m not sure how well the colours it will hold up in the wash, but I like the print and the colours. I wore this to go for a fancy(ish) child free lunch in the Scran and Scallie.
Nothing much more to say about this pattern now, but only one more version to go, which is the final one!
I went to Newcastle for work for a day and had an hour and a bit before getting my train to see stuff. I asked on facebook and Instagram what I should do, and the consensus was the Baltic, so I walked down to the Quayside and just managed to go up to the viewing platforms before it closed. I wasn’t much impressed with the city as it seemed to be 99% chain shops and restaurants (although I did have an excellent coffee from pink lane coffee). I wonder where all the students/hipsters are hiding? It’s a big city with two universities there must be indie shops and cafes somewhere!
Anyway, some snaps from my wander.
A wee while ago when Badger and Co first opened, everyone went, but I assumed it was a cocktail bar and therefore not for me since it’s super hard for me to go out at night on account of sleeping kidlets. But then I was offered a chance to review it and discovered that not only is it a restaurant, but also a restaurant with a kids menu! So I decided to take the boys to try it out. When you have kids you so often find yourself eating in chain restaurants like Pizza Express and Wagamama when in town, so it’s nice to have some options (we do have our independent favourites in other areas, but we’re not round Princes Street often enough to have any).
The house that Badger and Co is was the former home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of Wind in the Willows, and hence it’s all Wind in the Willows themed. The vibe is sort of vintage gentleman’s club with modern details. There’s tons of cool badger prints, and a little outdoor garden with a big mural with all the characters, which we snuck into (I’m guessing it’s mainly for cocktails in the evening) and the boys loved it!
This is what happens when you attempt a selfie with the big camera which I can hardly hold up with one hand and definitely not aim correctly, clearly!
Photo by Milo. He can hold the camera allbyhimself now!
The staff were super nice, and definitely good at dealing with kids, so didn’t feel out of place at all although we were the only family in. The food is a mix of British pub type food and more restauranty meals. Dave had the game pie, with a side of triple fried beef dripping chips.
I liked the sound of the vegetable pie but I thought that in the interest of reviewing, I should try one of the main courses, so I went with the sea bass with cauliflower cous cous, samphire, saffron potatoes and grapefruit alioli. The potatoes could have done with a smidge longer cooking time, but everything else was so delicious.
The kids meals are massive, but then ours are still wee, so you would expect them not to manage it all. Milo had spaghetti and meatballs, which surprised me because he usually always goes for sausages if available, he could live off them!
Ellis had the fish fingers, failed to get a picture before Dave cut into them.
The kids meals also came with a pudding, but everyone was getting a bit restless so we left and dropped in at Bada Budan for coffee and doughnuts and train watching afterwards.
Price wise, I would say Badger and Co is towards the high end of the normal range for this sort of stuff. The game pie is £12.5, the seabass £15.5, the veggie pie a tenner, which all seems fine, although the side of chips is £3.5, which maybe a bit steep given the size, but nothing out of the ordinary. The starters are £6-8, although I can’t comment on them as we didn’t have any. Unfortunately I didn’t take an note of how much the kids meals are!
But overall, I think this is a fun wee place to go after shopping in town and would definitely go back!
Finishing off with this week’s Project 52 photos, Milo doing his usual crazy ‘cheese’ face, and Ellis drawing, which he loves. Milo at that age wasn’t bothered at all.
Disclosure: we ate for free in exchange for an honest review
When we were through in Glasgow on the Easter weekend, we went and looked for this yarnbombed bench in the Glasgow botanics, after I read about it on Karie’s blog. It was done in memory of textile artist Rita McGurn by her daughter. The full story here.
We went down to the vintage event in the Grassmarket on Sunday and got a window seat in Mary’s Milk Bar ice cream parlour, which is a miracle cos it was mobbed. Someone I used to work with once appeared on her social media for doing the massive ‘challenge cup’ with his three kids, which I would love to do but the chances of (a) getting a table and (b) not feeling like you are completely getting in the way are frankly negligible. If the challenge cup even still exists, that was years ago!
We had a playdate on Saturday and when it was time to leave, Ellis refused to relinquish this bag, so we borrowed it for the week. He took it out with him on Sunday and kept saying his wee friend’s name. I love this picture, it looks like he’s out window shopping like in sex and the city or something.
More sewing! This is version 2 of the Burda 03/2017 112, now in dress length with a couple of adjustments and some new problems. I did a full biceps adjustment, which worked a treat, and shortened the darts slightly, which was also fine. The new problem was the width. I ended up taking an inch out on either side (so 4 inches in total), and it’s still a wee bit on the big side round the top. It’s so odd, since I used the same pattern pieces as version 1 (with adjusted darts of course, but I don’t see how that adds width). I did forget to take out the central seam allowance when cutting on the fold (the pattern has you cut two pieces and sew them together for no discernible reason), but then I’m 99% sure I also did that in version 1. I’ve bought fancy Japanese Nani Iro fabric to make this as a dress for a wedding but now I don’t know if it’s actually too big or not, so I’m having to do another practice version to figure it out. Which is no hardship of course!
The fabric here is more liberty, I bought it to make an emery with. I really love the print, but I’m not totally sure what I was thinking with the colours. I don’t really wear black much, and those are defo cold shades of the greens and oranges and it’s universally agreed I’m a warm colours person. I think I chose that print because it’s sort of non-directional (the wee birds go in two directions). But anyway, while it’s not possibly a perfect match my non-existent capsule wardrobe, I do like this dress a lot and will wear it loads!
The other thing here is the vintage suede coat, which I bought on impulse in a charity shop when I had some time to kill waiting for a repair. It fits pretty well, which is rare with vintage at my new size, but it does have that fusty smell about it, and I’m not really wearing it because of that. I did a bit of googling and will try spraying it with vinegar and maybe that activated charcoal stuff, but if that doesn’t work, I will just donate it back and write off the £25 as a straight donation to Barnados.