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Learning to Adapt

By Ghillie Basan, writer, broadcaster and food anthropologist, and ‘Original Spice Girl’

When I wake up in the morning with a view to hills that I can see from my bed, I feel very lucky to be living in a remote glen in the eastern fringes of the Cairngorms National Park. Little has changed in these wild hills where the golden eagles nest and hunt, where the wind-blasted…


It started with a book – it turned into a passion!

By Jo Cowie of No Books Were Harmed 

Since I first clapped eyes on a photo of a Chinese lantern created by folding the pages of a book, my life has never been the same.  

I live on the Moray coast with my husband, dogs and cats. Most of my time is spent in my home office, hand folding the pages of books to form words and pictures, turning them into pieces of art,…


Quilters Have It Covered

Ann Hill, coordinator for The Quilters’ Guild in Scotland (known as Region 16) celebrates the resurgence of the craft – and the SWI’s part in helping raise its popularity.

Quilting in Scotland has never been as popular…


SWI in the City…musing over coffee

By Ann Milne, who founded the new style SWI group Deen Divas in Aberdeen in 2015

Today I went out for coffee. I met a friend and we went into town, with the intention of heading to the cinema to watch the new Avengers movie, so that we could pretend to be cool and have something to chat about with the young folks at work, what could be nicer.

But we got distracted.…


Thank Fifi - Why I Quit the Day Job

Established in 2011 by Wendy H Gilmour, Thankfifi covers Wendy's journeys through fashion and style, travel and life.  Having balanced a career in PR and marketing alongside the blog, after almost seven years Wendy has recently taken the leap and quit the day job to work full time on Thankfifi.  In the post below she talks about how she came to make the tough decision and why she is following…


Foodie Quine - Edible Scottish Adventures

Claire Jessiman is a Scottish Freelance Food and Travel writer based in Aberdeen who has been blogging her Edible Scottish Adventures as Foodie Quine since 2012.  A mum of two and wife of one, she is passionate about cooking from scratch, seasonality, food education and…