A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

Dates, Dates, Dates

Aonach Beag
Aonach Beag

Up early this morning, coffee and straight to a notepad.  My head buzzing, a consolidation of all the things that have been whirling around my head.  The project I’ve found myself in, it’s not moving forward due to too many people asking what we need to do, why aren’t we progressing, maybe we need another project manager to manage the discussion around what needs to be project managed.  I want to scream out…..the project manager doesn’t actually do the work you know.  Dates, Dates, Dates….raggghhh. Deep down, I’m making a difference there is movement and we are starting to gain traction.

Welcome, lets do coffee!   It’s Friday and Natalie does a fantastic job of hosting the weekend coffee share.  I dropped off the rails for a while now.  I’d made a good fist of it from the start of the year and then bam….return to office, the new project, the bathroom and the kids exams kind of hit us big time.  The space in my head albeit filled to bursting.  Then to  escape, rather than write  a dose of sunshine comes along, a change in the season so time to get out in the garden and out into the mountains.

Last Saturday I made a solo trip to Dalwhinnie and covered four Munro’s (roughly 18k) plus a 16km cycle in and a 16km back.  There was an option of taking in two more which some people do. Some people walk the 16k, camp do the 4, sleep, do the 2 and then walk out. For me staring up at that 5th mountain with a cycle back still to do, and not to mention the 2 hour drive home….it was enough.

The Aonach Beag Four, Cairn Dearg, Geal Chàrn, Aonach Beag, Beinn Èibhinn. In old money a round trip of 32 miles.  Which doesn’t feel too bad written down…but Saturday eve and Sunday I was sore.  

…..it’s Saturday afternoon now, and a feeling of calm starting to come over me for a couple of days. Rather than heading out into the hills, we are spending the time at home. A few jobs to catch up the house in restoring a state of calm about the place. The downstairs loo completed on Tuesday, a disruption of a good six-seven weeks. It’s nearly over (the radiator still to go in).

Farmers Market, Beach

A cycle about town doing the messages, the butchers the farmers market and a coffee down by the beach.

Menu looking a little something like this:

Saturday: Sweet Potato Gratin, a little Salmon, and Samphire as a main for dinner

Sunday: A quiche of squash, and ham for lunch. Then Beetroot and mince patties for dinner.

Thanks for popping by and reading the rambles of a cook and a wannabe munroist, hoping to the tame the resistance of writing!


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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16 Comments

  1. Maria

    If we skip the annoying part about complainers at work.That sound fabulous! The photos at the top are amazing. Wow! I would be OK being a little sore after seeing that view. Thank you for sharing!

    • akeerie

      The views were amazing, and great to shake the cob webs off.

      • Maria

        It looks fantastic!

  2. Janet Alcorn

    As always, I love your pictures! The Scottish Highlands have been on my bucket list for decades. Someday…

    • akeerie

      I’m very lucky to have them on my doorstep!

  3. Natalie

    That’s impressive cycling and hiking you’ve done. Beautiful photos. Menu plan looks great. I hope your weekend is going well and you have a much better work week next week. Thank you for your coffee share.

    • akeerie

      Thanks Natalie and thanks for keeping the steady beat of the share

  4. Thistles and Kiwis

    Glad to see you back! Ah yes…Munro bagging….lots of friends who used to do that 🙂

    Where is the farmers’ market in Edinburgh? Good to know there is one. Hope work improves.

    • akeerie

      The market is every Saturday, castle street, right below the castle

  5. Gary A Wilson

    I thought I was busy but after reading your post – I’m just going to shut up and read on.
    I am doing okay in the writing part of my weeks, but slowed a bit last week. But home chores have piled up and I need to attend to them. Somehow all the repair stuff falls on me and I’m not good about staying on top of it.
    Sigh.

    I do envy your mountain biking adventures. I finally gave my bike up to the youngest son because I just don’t belong on a bike any more. I’m much better suited to good walks now.

    But – last night we had a great dinner for the daughter’s BD.
    I had a sea bass with a light herb sauce over grilled brussels sprouts and turmeric cauliflower all incredibly well cooked. I wish I could claim having created this plate myself but it was at her favorite restaurant. Now I’m trying to reverse engineer that turmeric sauce. It really was outstanding.

    • akeerie

      Meal sounds wonderful Gary, and the company great! I’m probably making sound a lot worse than what it is and really musn’t grumble. I know the feeling on repairs, especially if it’s an old house that keeps giving. Shame about the bike, could you switch to an electric one. They are really taking off here in the UK and good for folk getting a new lease of life on the cycling front. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Jo

    I’ve fallen off the weekly link up wagon and really need to get back on it – yours is one of the regulars I turn to each week. I was nodding emphatically at the first paras – a project I’m on is going exactly the same way and time is running out. A decision already people! As for the munros…impressive.

    • akeerie

      That’s so nice, thank you so much for saying hello. The weekly wagon is hard if there is so much going on.

  7. Kirstin

    Love. your photos and sounds like things have been very busy. Hopefully everything at work straightens itself out.

  8. Julie

    I’ve never had a sweet potato au gratin. I usually get yellow or russet potatoes au gratin with loads of cheese and cream.

    • akeerie

      That sounds amazing

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