Hampers, Scottish life and adventures with Scottish food.
To make our range of hampers, we travelled all over Scotland seeking out the best Scottish food, the best people who produce it, and the best knowledge about it. Our blog charts our adventures with Scottish food.
Monday, 17 December 2007
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Dry Tool fest
Friday, 14 December 2007
Scottish style comp winner
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Thursday, 6 December 2007
Landward filming stint comes to an end
Last week we had an extremely soggy day on the Cobbler where we had to bail at the Narnain boulders as the camera was about to give up the ghost due to getting soaked by that penetrating, fine rain that just permeates everything. We then jumped straight in the car and headed straight up to Suilven in the North West. As we arrived in the dark, when we stepped out the door in the morning to see this hill I couldn’t help but laugh out loud, what a funny shaped wee hill!
The lunar landscape of the North West Highlands
The path was straight up the side into the saddle on the ridge. It was that straight-up that David the cameraman got vertigo on the path and almost didn’t make it to the ridge, and couldn’t go any further once we got there. I’m sure he won’t mind me telling y’all that…We were running out of time anyway, as our lift back would have been arriving at the foot of the path shortly.
Adam and his Argo Cat (with quarry)
We actually cheated on the hefty walk-in that morning and cadged a lift in off of some stalkers on the estate in their Argo-Cat. I did wonder how they were going to get the deer and us back if they shot anything that day, as we pretty much took up all of the back on the way out between the three of us and the camera kit. My query was answered when they came to pick us up with a hind in the back – just pile in on top. It was a bit of a squeeze. To say the least. I feel I’ve come a long way in the past 7 months, coming from working in a department store in the city every day, to bouncing around in the back of a mini-tank on a deid deer in the northern highlands. Quite a different office!
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The return of the Fort William Picture House? Yes please!
Back in Glasgow, I used to visit the silver screen at least a couple of times a week (I clearly had too much time on my hands in those days) but I now have to rely on getting my fix of the flicks delivered through my letterbox due to the nearest cinema being 60 miles away but would love, love, love to see a cinema back in the Fort so, please, comment here if you would like to see the return of the cinema in Fort William, or maybe you live in some far-flung place in the world where a local cinema is really appreciated, let me know and I’ll pass your comments on and hopefully that will help persuade them to reopen that lovely cinema, though hopefully without the intervals?
Fort William Mountain Festival Launch
Once I heard that I was going to be organising this comp I quickly emailed Dave’s slacklining guru contact to find his address didn’t work anymore as he’d moved jobs. After a bit of underhanded cyber stalking (creepy, I know, but it worked) I tracked him down and he has very kindly been helping me out with the intricacies of a new and rapidly developing sport that I knew nothing about.
Jon and his friend Charlie also came up from the Lakes for the press launch of the festival on Tuesday. Driving rain did nothing to deter him though as he rather impressively managed to walk the line repeatedly on cue with a bank of photographers and film crews doing their level best to distract him. Is this the first highline in Scotland?
You wouldn’t believe the amount of cajoling it took to get him in that kilt. Never having worn one, he stepped out his van with it on back to front –it was very funny to this Scots Lass!
So the first British Slacklining Masters has been born, come along to Fort William on 23rd February and try it out – you never now, you might win something! Like £500! And I won’t make you walk across a waterfall….not unless you want to…
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Sunday, 2 December 2007
What is Scottish Style? comp winner
Mike has won a gorgeous Wee Beauty hamper full of lovely things to munch on (and wash with!) Mike felt that Scottish Style could be reflected by it's mutability, it's ability to change which I thought was on the money - so well done Mike.
Thanks also to everyone else who entered, it was a close run thing.
Labels: Scottish style