A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

Month: September 2022

Tall Trees

When hedges were small, I would cut through here.

It always feels strange being in the town and house of my youth. The one way system that changed a good twenty years ago still doesn’t sit well with me. The trees that were planted and I used to leap frog when I was a boy now tower over the area where they laid their roots. Something I couldn’t do, this was a town that couldn’t have given me the future I needed.

That said I always sleep well and I put it down to being in alignment with the planets magnetic core, that and a place that I feel safe in a deep down subconscious kind of way. I’m up and at em on a Sunday morning, having gone to bed at the back of ten. My mum though hasn’t changed always the night owl and a free spirit when it comes to a sense of routine.

The odd familiar creak of the house and the loose floor boards that I know not to stand on at risk of waking my dad and spoiling my early morning children’s TV is no longer a worry as I head down the stairs for a coffee.

Aside from the fridge, turning through it’s cycle of persistent cooling and the dripping tap it’s quiet. The Coffee is instant, a drop of milk and just my thoughts to keep me company.


The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

Apples ready?

Come on in, coffee is a Santa Cruz roast, the beans freshly ground. Something we brought back from our summer trip in California. Which seems so long ago as we open the curtains on 2nd weekend in September. The weather has distinctly changed, the long over due rain is no longer an issue as the city back turns back to its dreich and atmospheric self. I have a view of a bowling green out back, almost perfectly flat, the onslaught of rain showing the imperfections as the grass fails to drain. The sheer amount of water forming pools on the surface.

I missed last weeks share, we crammed so much into the weekend that I missed my slot of summarising. Saturday our first for a while in town, we took the opportunity to do our full on loop, taking in the weekly farmers market by the castle and back via Morningside. Roughly a good eight miles door to door.

Swept up a couple of organic veggies, sea bass and some brambles. Inspired by the guardians blackberry and beetroot salad that appeared a couple of weeks ago.

We had that small window to fit in a gardening session, long overdue. I hadn’t cut the grass in about seven weeks…yes before California. It’s been so dry and not needed it.

Not sure if the apples were ready, but went for a few, along with a couple stalks of rhubarb and kicked off the the crumble season.

There was chat at the table, other people families claiming there crumble was the best crumble and I kept quiet. My son continued, it felt like they’d just used breadcrumbs and I couldn’t understand why wouldn’t they add oats. Ours is the best crumble he proclaimed! I smiled and enjoyed the moment. Crumble is last meal territory for my wife and so easy to make…why wouldn’t you add oats. Every now and again I deviate, I might add a few ground nuts or try a different cook book recipe. We just enjoy it for the experimentation and a little self assurance knowing regardless of the fruit we will always come back to an oat and whole meal topping.

Sunday and we were back through to Glasgow, furniture assembly, fixing the cooker hood, replacing bulbs and putting up curtains. Things always take longer than you think and the minutes fly by absorbed in the list of jobs. The day flew by.

I’d made a Lasagna the night before so son number two only had to put it in the oven whilst we made our back over the central belt. Dinner on arrival.

The house is sleeping as I write this, it’s move in day today. The hall stacked with the items he’d brought back at the start of summer. I can picture this happening over the city as other parents prepare their vehicles and their young adults for another year of opportunity and learning. There will be tears, hopefully less than last year and sense of relief that we’ve entered into year two.


The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

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