Visiting Barrie’s Birthplace

Escaping from a rainy Saturday afternoon, the girls and I headed to Peter Pan author JM Barrie’s birthplace in Kirriemuir. Barrie was born in 1860 in a small white-washed weaver’s house in the centre of town, and when he died in 1937 he returned home to be buried in the local graveyard. Kirriemuir has been…

Choose To Challenge – #IWD2021

Today is International Women’s Day, a day where we celebrate women and their achievements, calling our gender bias and taking action against inequality. #ChooseToChallenge yourself and those around you. Here’s a story of a time when I did.

New Year, New Goals – 2021 Edition

Well, that was 2020! There’s not an awful lot to say about it as we spent most of it under a lockdown and various restrictions, so there were no holidays, no big celebrations, and very few local adventures. On the bright side our eldest started primary school and our youngest went into full-time pre-school which…

My Scandi Bookshelf

Like a lot of people, I fell in love with the idea of hygge and lagom when it became popular in the UK a few years ago, but after a brief look the books ended up gathering dust on my bookshelf. It wasn’t until lockdown this year that I was truly ready to read them…

Celebrating Swedish Cinnamon Bun Day

In Sweden, cinnamon buns (kanelbullar) are so culturally important that they have a special day dedicated to them. That day is 4th October, which is today! Swedes love to fika, enjoying a casual catch-up over a hot drink and food with friends. You can take a fika at work, like a more friendly, chatty tea…

Why 2020 Is My Perfect No Spend Year

At the beginning of 2020 I decided that this was going to be my “no spend year”. Little did I know that I would get a helping hand from lockdown, and that I’d find my lagom life.

Bag A Virtual Munro With Cairngorms National Park

As a family we walk in the Cairngorms regularly, especially over the summer months and we definitely miss a good hike in the Angus Glens as they’re right on our doorstep! Cairngorms National Park have come up with a great way to encourage us to put our daily exercise to good use, by asking us…

Life On Lockdown

For the last 8 weeks, like pretty much everyone else in the UK, we’ve been doing our bit to prevent the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus/The Corona/The Rona/whatever you want to call it. Allan is an essential worker, I am not, so I’ve been at home with the girls pretty much 24/7 which I actually don’t mind…

Summer Berry Baked Oats

During the week we usually have two options for breakfast: cereal or toast. I’m not a morning person, so I keep things simple, and we’re usually in a rush so the less I have to do or decide the better! Now that the schools are off and I’m working from home around Allan’s shifts I…

A Family Day Out At Crombie Country Park

Trying not to waste a lovely sunny day off together, we became tourists in our own area and searched out something new to do, somewhere we hadn’t been before.  We moved to Angus over 4 years ago but haven’t fully explored because babies, work, life and all the other excuses! We wanted to find somewhere…