My week and a wee rant

My blog is a wee bit late this week but I’ve been at a trade show for half the week in Glasgow. I arrived last Saturday and got set up before meeting friends for a drink and something to eat in the evening. We’re all a fan of good ales so was really pleased when they suggested going to Bier Halle. We had a couple of rounds and the selection was fantastic. In fact if we hadn’t booked to go for a meal, I think we’d have stayed as the food that was on offer looked extremely tempting. But as I said we had already booked a table at Chop Chop and I am so glad we went. We were recommended the banquet and at £20.95/person it was an absolute bargain. My only regret was not taking any photos to post on here. We had a fantastic selection of food and everyone was really  pleased with the food.

I then had a great three days at the trade show with some great conversations with fellow traders in the evening. It was part of one of these conversations that brings me to my wee rant, “the sugar tax”.


So it has been decided that those in power should consider introducing a sugar tax due to the state of the nation and the amount of people that are overweight, especially children. Has anyone ever considered that maybe sugar isn’t the problem but possible the lifestyle that a lot of people now lead? Yes, I know that there a lot more sugary drinks available but I also know that we don’t exercise anywhere as near as much as we used to do. We never had computers, ipads, x-box’s etc. when we were children. We used to get home from school and couldn’t wait to dump our bags to get back outside. But those days seem to be a distance memory. In fact as adults we also seem to spend an awful lot of time sitting in front of computers. Maybe we should spend some time working this amount of time out, and then try to reduce it. Go on, go for a walk in the evening or during your lunch break. Try change your lifestyle even slightly and I bet you’ll notice an improvement.

So yes I am against the sugar tax but I am very much for changing our lifestyles. We only need to take small steps at a time, go for that walk or try to limit the time spend in front of a computer screen. You can do it. It has got me thinking and I am making a conscious effort to walk more every day.

Me again!

Well this is the third week running that I’ve managed to post. However I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t keep this up! I do intend to, but life always seems to get in the way.

So the beginning of the week was supposedly blue Monday. Its the day that we are most likely to give up our new year resolutions if we made any. But hey if I am still writing then I’m going against the stats! It is however just over a week until my birthday and I haven’t completed my list of 40 things to do. This list just isn’t for my birthday though, it’s to last all year. Well you are the same age for a whole year, so why just celebrate for the one day!

One of the things that I want to do but haven’t added to my list is to lose weight. I managed it a few years ago but it has slowly crept back on. I don’t diet as such but do calorie count using the My Fitness Pal app. I’m not usually open about this but a friend mentioned today that she also uses the app. So instead of being secretive about it, I’ve actually friended her on the app. Now I’m hoping this will strengthen my resolve to keep at it. I shouldn’t be making excuses but my work pattern does not help with watching what I eat.

I also want to take more photographs and share them. I have a personal instagram account which was hardly used so I have re-activated and it has been getting quite a bit of use already. Including all the snow photos that I took over the weekend on the way to and from Edinburgh, including this one.


The scenery was stunning on the drive home from Edinburgh on Sunday. Aye it’s fantastic to look at but awful to work in. The views continued like this right up until we got close to home and then suddenly it all disappeared and we returned to a very wet landscape. 🙁


So who am I?

If I’m going to start a blog then I suppose it would help if you know a bit about me.

Well I am a Scots Lass and very proud of this fact. My background is in agriculture and I’ve held quite a few posts through it but I currently deal with wildlife in my day job. Besides my day job though, I also run two businesses. I’m also a volunteer for the Prince’s Trust. Oh and if that wasn’t enough, I’m a participant in this years Scottish Enterprise Rural Leader Programme (SERLP).

I’m also extremely passionate about food and drink including where it is sourced. I will support local producers whenever I can and I suppose this is why I am also one of the organisers of a local food festival.

So how do I find the time to do anything else? Well it is a very true saying that if you want anything doing then ask a busy person as they will find the time to do it.


Highlight of the week? Well it would have to be winning the Innovation workshop with my team as part of SERLP last week. I was a wee bit concerned when I was told I was going to be a team leader but I had a fantastic team and was very proud of them. Oh and the prize was a bottle of Macallan for each member of the team. #happyscotslass

The beginning and why

The why is that I have a big birthday this year and as a new years resolution I decided that I would make a list of forty things that I had to do in 2016 and this is one of them – start a blog!

I run a couple of businesses which both feature quite heavily on social media but I have to be restrained on what I post on them. So on the 30th December I took the decision to use my personal Twitter account more and tweeted the following “Not been using this account enough & decided that need to. So all those opinions I have & suppress on business accounts will be tweeted here”.

But then I thought why just Twitter? So I have reinstated my personal Instagram account and have began Scots Lass Shenanigans as well.

So join me in my musings, feel happy to agree or disagree as I take you not only on a journey of my personal opinions but also keep you up to date on my list of 40 things to do in 2016! (this was number 17 on the list)


This is number 15 which is still ongoing (walk 10 miles/week on average).