Donna H.

Category: Glasgow

The Roaring Twenties!

Another day, another post.  Small procrastination from the fact I don’t understand cell proliferation, cell migration, cell differentiation, synaptogenesis, ocular columns OR synaptic rearrangement (oh god, someone please help – should not have picked that class!!)…

Friday night was Ross’ birthday… well not really, but he’s like the Queen, he has two every year.

This time was a 1920s themed subcrawl. Subcrawls are common in Glasgow and are exactly as they sound – like a pub crawl but down on the subway.

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The Glasgow subway is the simplest subway in the world (I think) – one route with an inner circle going in one direction and an outer circle going in the opposite. We skipped the South side (the wrong side of the river) where you can find some pretty dodgy pubs and just went from Kelvinhall to Buchanan Street hitting some lovely pubs en route. We then went to Polo, Glasgow’s best gay club.

It was a lovely night and I absolutely loved being dressed up 20s style. Would quite like to just stay there and not come back to 2014!

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Sleepover!

I’m so behind on the posts… This one was about a month ago.  Uni is insanely busy and I’ve been super stressed and anxious but, after Tuesday, I’ve made it through the worst of the deadlines in time to start revision.  I’m even having a celebratory lunch and piercing on Wednesday!  Anyway, back to the sleepover – my two nieces and one of my nephews came down to Glasgow for a sleepover at my flat (mainly to give my sister and her husband a well deserved night off!).
We all went for a trip to Glasgow Science Centre on the day they arrived.  It’s expensive, and when they said the price I was pretty taken aback.  I can now definitely say that it’s worth it though – there’s so much to see and do, you can be there for hours and the children loved it!P1000587P1000589P1000593P1000595 P1000596P1000599P1000601P1000603P1000620P1000625P1000630 P1000631P1000633 P1000634P1000640

After the science centre, it was time to ditch the parents and head back to mine for fun!  First for arts and crafts… We drew pictures, made Halloween decorations, baked cakes and carved pumpkins.P1000645P1000648P1000652 P1000653 P1000654 P1000655P1000658

Then a certain little one had had too much fun and it was nap time.P1000659 P1000660

For tea, it was homemade pizzas – the easiest thing I could think of for all ages to help out with!P1000661P1000663 P1000664 P1000665P1000667 P1000668P1000672

After tea, we watched Chicken Run and ate popcorn.  The eldest two got a little bit of a late night, and much to Lewis’ surprise – they could eat on the couch!  No rules in this house!  It was the first thing he told my sister and her husband when they came to collect them: “You can eat on the couch here!”P1000678P1000681

In the morning, we watched another film – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – then Michelle and Scot came round for a quick cuppa before their drive back up to Aberdeen.  It was such a cute day and so good to see them.  I miss them so much, and don’t get to see them and Lukas, my other nephew, nearly enough.P1000690 P1000691 P1000692Anyway, back to the uni grind and presentation practicing.   Only remembered to post this at all because of Lynn’s blog. Thankfully, it won’t be as long until I see the family again because everyone is going home for Christmas! So exciting!

This time last week…

I cannot believe how quickly this week has gone and how little I’ve achieved despite spending the majority of my time on uni work… Fourth year problems I suppose.  The most exciting parts of my week though were going to my favourite cinema GFT with my flatmate, Rosemary to see the cringey but wonderful Sunshine on Leith; going through to Edinburgh to see Ewan; lunch at with Sasha, Louise and Andrea and dinner at with Steven, Fiona and Ewan.

Today has been very boring as far as Sundays go, with the gym and lots of uni work. Last Sunday was much better with a super productive day ending with Sunday dinner with Eilidh and Ross which we all chipped in a cooked at Ross’ flat.

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Edinburgh, July 2013

Ewan and I are spending the summer apart as I’m home in Shetland working and staying with my family while he stays in Edinburgh for work. The week after the Rolling Stones I went to visit him, as well as to do some flathunting in Glasgow for next year.

Here are a few pictures from my trip mainly consisting of sunshine, cocktails and food!

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The End of my 3rd Year…

So 5 boxes and a suitcase into my packing, I realised I didn’t have enough room for all my stuff.  How is it possible to gather so much rubbish over the course of a year?! I HATE PACKING.  It’s that time of year again.  I’m gathering all my wordly belongings together to leave Glasgow and head home to Shetland for the summer.  This is always something that makes me feel a mixture of excitement to go home, sadness to leave Glasgow and panic that another year is over.  But this time I’m feeling even more dramatic.  Because this may be the last summer I ever spend at home.  September marks the beginning of the 4th and final year of my undergraduate degree and then who knows what’s in store… I’m not ready for it to be nearing an end.  I love Glasgow.  I love being a student.  I love my long summers back in Shetland.  And I love going back to work in the little shop I have had a part time job at since I was 12.  I don’t want any of it to end.  (If I’m feeling this now, god knows how much of a drama queen I’ll be once 4th year is over)

Reflecting back on third year, it’s been a strange one.  I was telling my mam on the phone how Glasgow hadn’t quite been up to scratch for me this year since all my flatmates are gone.  I’ve been feeling a little bit lonely and sorry for myself.  But looking for photos for this blog post was nice because it made me realise I actually had a great year.

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I moved into my new flat in September.  There was 5 of us girls who shared last year.  We first met in halls and I’d now class the girls as some of my best friends.  Two of them did their third year abroad – Padova in Italy & Hong Kong! So the Cate, Anna and I, who were left in Glasgow were moving in together again for the year.  Because of illness and placement in London, the two of them also left Glasgow come 2nd semester which was why I was feeling pretty alone! There was no more spontaneous nights out, duvet days in front of the TV or just general chit chat whilst cooking my tea.  I hated living alone at first. But as time went on it grew on me then my course-mate Judith moved in with me a little while later. I still had my other Glasgow friends as well as Ewan coming through to see me/me visiting him in Edinburgh.  So it wasn’t all bad, just not quite the same.  

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I think winter is my favourite season. I absolutely love the sunshine and how happy it makes everyone but there’s something magical about Christmas lights, fireworks, hot drinks on a cold dark night and the number of parties that are thrown.

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Between that and the fact my flatmates were around, I think the first semester of 3rd year wins hands down!

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My birthday is in winter too so that helps! It was my 20th but soon after Christmas, it became the year of the 21st for our group of friends which has so far been great fun. Not a clue what I’ll do for mine yet.

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Another thing I love is the Christmas markets! I manage to spend a small fortune every year at the one in Glasgow at St Enoch Square. I just can’t help it with the mulled wine & cider, the pick n mix, the fake snow and most importantly – olives! Olives get me every time.

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While I was home at Christmas, The View came to play at Mareel, our new cinema and music venue in Shetland. I love them and we don’t usually get many famous bands up so it was pretty exciting and a great night.

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Auld Lang Syne at New Year. I was ill and on lots of medication so didn’t drink this year but ended up having the best New Year’s Eve I’ve had in a long time.
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My beautiful nephew, Lukas was born in January – definitely the highlight of my year.

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My brother playing a house gig in Edinburgh in the coolest house I’ve ever been in. If you like folk music then here are the links… Link to the band, Aamos’ page. My brother’s website. Here’s the Twitter page for the house that hosted the gig too, although I believe due to problems with the council they’ve had to find a new venue.

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Love me some pizza.

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This is my go to starter when I’m cooking for people now. Makes me look a bit posh when really it’s far from it! I use 2 glass dishes from Gu puddings – one for balsamic vinegar & olive oil and one for olives. The focaccia and the olives are both from Aldi so cheap as chips but tasty and well presented!

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As seen in my April posts (Here and here) I had a great time in Norway for my nephew’s christening over our Easter break.

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I’m always admiring the views on the train/bus when travelling around Scotland and I aim to see more of it next year. Ewan and I went to Oban last weekend to visit his Gran for her birthday. I hope to share my pictures from that with you soon, although they’re just taken on my phone. It was lovely and the scenery the whole way there was amazing – especially Inveraray and Connel.

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Pancakes – yum! My sister has started making pancakes every few weekends as my nieces and nephew loved them so much on Pancake Day. Pretty envious to say the least.

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Studying for final exams in both January & May was obviously the worst part of each semester but the January results paid off and hopefully the May ones have too! Fingers crossed.

So all in all, it’s fair to say I’ve had a pretty great year. Now here’s to a great summer too!

The Hidden Lane Tearoom, Glasgow

This post is about… wait for it… my new FAVOURITE cafe in Glasgow. The cutest little tearooms ever hidden down a little lane you’d never normally even notice. Hence the name.

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I’ve been training to volunteer with Glasgow Action for Mental Health – a fantastic organisation which I’m loving being a part of so far! Because I live in the city centre and my friend Ross lives in the lovely West End of Glasgow, I usually make him come to me. But as my training is right next door to his flat, I’ve been stomping on his territory. We decided to “go for a coffee” this Thursday and Ross suggested this place.

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It does table service which I’m a huge fan of. I think the whole coffee chain thing is a bit impersonal and not very charming. Unlike The Hidden Lane Tearoom. The Hidden Lane Tearoom has charm down to a ‘tea’ (See what I did there?!)
My pictures of Ross are a bit rubbish because of the window behind him but here’s him pondering over their menu of various teas and coffees, including teas I’d never seen before…

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This is me being indecisive about how to pose! Do I look at the camera?! Do I look at the menu?!

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The cafe is covered in lots of cute little details and decorations.

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Ross and I both went for scones, although it was a tough decision with loads of delicious looking cakes. I only realised there was Oreo brownies afterwards or I probably would have gone for them. But the scones did not disappoint! Ross went for a “London Fog” which is Earl Grey tea with steamed milk and vanilla. You can also get a Glasgow Fog in Glasgow, not in the tearooms though, which is a similar idea but with coconut I think. I had a chai tea with steamed milk.

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I was trying to get a good photo of Ross pouring his tea but he's not very good at it and spilled everywhere.

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Don’t these cute cars just fit perfectly in the little lane?

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All in all – a lovely day out and a great break from this month’s constant revision.

You can read more about the Hidden Lane Tearoom (which was started by someone who got made redundant twice in one year) here!

St Andrews in the Square

I thought I’d start my blog with “what I did yesterday”.  For a treat and a catch up, my best friend, Ross and I, went out for lunch.  I was keen to go somewhere new and we decided on Cafe Source in St Andrews in the Square.

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It’s a bit of a hidden gem, in the middle of some kind of “undesirable”/rough areas surrounding it and the only reason I know it’s there is because I viewed a PERFECT flat there last year, which I unfortunately didn’t get.  Maybe next year!

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I had grilled chicken with a mixed leaf salad, croutons and shavings of parmesan. It was yummy! And actually a nice healthy salad, unlike most restaurants it wasn’t drenched in creamy salad. You can see the menu here.

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Picture of St Andrew’s in the Square, which is also a music venue, stolen from merchantcityglasgow.com. Tried to link it in the picture – think it worked, but I’m still learning all the html malarkey! Apologies for my lack of, and poor quality pictures; I wasn’t planning to make it in to a blog post but since it’s a first attempt you can cut me some slack 🙂

FINALLY – I got a result of 76% for a uni report today. This is the first time I’ve got a 1st class result in 3rd year (4 year course) which is what I’ve been aiming for so I’m pretty chuffed.
Hope I did OK on post #1. x