Flat Out Hip (H)op!

January is always a bit dreich in Scotland – not a lot of daylight around, never mind sunshine, and having overindulged over the festive season, it’s a month of living quietly, maybe even frugally!

Flat Out at castle terreaceBut this year, January got off to a great start for us with a place at the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market in Castle Terrace. With the backdrop of the castle, it’s a fantastic location, and there’s a great selection of lovely fresh produce on offer from the various stalls.  Belle has been given a spot at the end of the row when she’s there – our mornings are so much easier when there’s minimum manoeuvering required. Our plan is to be there the 2nd and 4th Saturday in every month

Having said that, February brings a new challenge as Bob will be quite literally flat out from early in the month as he has his right hip replaced – years as a cricket bowler in his youth has sadly taken its toll.  That will put him out of action for a couple of months, but with the help of some kind friends, we’re aiming to take our place at most of our usual markets.  Sandra’s even had a wee go at driving the beautiful Belle, and only stalled 3 times in the space of 200 metres!

We have everything crossed that things will go smoothly for Bob (everything crossed except legs – that’s bad for hips!) and he’ll make a speedy recovery.   We’re taking a couple of weeks off so that Sandra is on hand to help Bob in the early days post op.  Then Sandra and Belle will be heading to the usual spots  – we’ll be tackling Morningside on 20th February and hope to get to Castle Terrace on 27th.  We’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, we’re busy taking bookings for the summer months – if you’d like us along to a party or event you’re running, please get in touch soon!

 

 

 

Reflections

We were very excited in the run up to the end of the year, with our very own take on a Christmas dinner on the menu. With a 3 day event at the beautiful Glamis Castle in December, we spent many hours preparing our version of a festive feast in a flatbread  – turkey breast with pork, sage, onion and apple stuffing balls, cranberry and onion chutney, a sprinkling of shredded sprouts and a splash of gravy. Very delicious though we say so ourselves!

collage-1451838853846Our 3 day adventure coincided with the temporary closure of the Forth road bridge, so it was a long 3 hour drive for Belle, and a 4 hour round trip in the car each day. Bob wisely decided on a sleep over at Glamis on the final evening so he could drive Belle home in daylight hours. The best laid plans….. a malfunction of the windscreen wipers necessitated a stop just 30 miles from home, a 4 hour wait in the freezing cold and eventually a ride home on the back of a rescue truck for Belle (thankfully, Bob had a seat in the warm cab of said truck!) Safe to say, we were all exhausted and welcomed a break!

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