What creature caused a lot of excitement with my kids?

So we were up at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley on Friday night. Hubby hadn’t been feeling well and was getting checked (he’s fine) and we didn’t leave until about 9pm. Myself and the boy went down to the car park to bring the car up to the front door. The hospital is built on a steep slope and the car park starts about half way down the slope and runs right to the bottom. Anyway, we were walking by a group of four people who were going up the hill and there seemed to be a bit of a fuss going on. It was dark by this time – although there were street lights – and I didn’t realise what was going on until the boy started shouting: “It’s a fox! It’s a fox!” Sure enough, about a couple of metres away, skulking around and obviously looking for food, was a large fat fox. Although wary of the people, it didn’t seem scared of either them or us. It caused a lot of excitement for the boy because this was only the second time he’d seen a wild fox in the flesh (the other being at Gartnavel Hospital site a few weeks before). You see we don’t seem to have foxes where we stay or if we do they stay hidden. We see other wildlife here, but not foxes.

Anyway, unfortunately I didn’t have a camera to take a pic of ole Mr Fox, so here’s one I found…

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Til next time!

Dawn xxx

The fox, the hare, the robin and the pop up shop in Glasgow’s Finnieston area

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Hello. How are you? How’s it going? I’ll bet you’ve all had a really busy week getting ready for Christmas. Over the last week-and-a-half I’ve attended the boy’s nativity (which was a hoot), got an excited girl ready for her very first ceilidh, took her to her ballet exam and went to the school’s Christmas church service which was held in the school hall this year as the church is full of the Christmas tree exhibition (trees decorated by local groups and very good by all accounts). I also met friends for lunch at Jam Jar, one of our local cafes, and had the best cheese on toast I’ve ever had: sour bread toasted and topped with crispy bacon, ham, cheese and cranberry sauce all served with a lovely salad and crisps. Oh it was to die for!

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Today, I met up with an old friend I haven’t seen for years and it was great. We went to Finnieston in Glasgow, had lunch and wandered about. We also dropped into a pop up shop called Veneer which is a shop run by Bespoke Atelier and filled with some lovely items all designed by Scottish based artists. My friend picked up a beautiful silk scarf. I now have scarf envy. The pics in this blog are all from the shop and are really lovely. My favourites, however, are these…

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They are by a company called. Joy Collection and are tree ornaments. I love all three animals – I have a bit of thing for all of them, particularly hares. Unfortunately, Veneer is only open until tomorrow, but if you go on the Bespoke Atelier website, you’ll get the names of all the companies involved.

Anyway I had a good afternoon. We ended the afternoon with tea and canoli for the first time (the pistachio one is amazing) in Panevino. I returned home to find my front garden filled with twinkling tree lights courtesy of hubby who put them up in my absence. Looks great.

Right, am going to leave you now. I will try and do another post next week, but in case I don’t get round to it, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

Dawn xxxx