Valentine’s Weekend

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With us both being insanely busy it seemed as if Valentine’s Day just suddenly arrived without much forewarning. But it’s important to make time for the important stuff. So without any time to plan anything we just decided to have a weekend filled with things we like.

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We watched football, went out for delicious lunches, got our favourite cupcakes, talked, chatted, laughed, and watched the Lego Movie (so much fun!).

It goes to show you don’t have to come up with huge convoluted plans to have a nice weekend together if you just enjoy each other’s company.

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Visit to the Christmas Market

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Well it’s that wonderful time of year again and last Monday Fraser and I made our way down to the Christmas Market on Princes Street. It is bigger and better than ever this year. It is not quite as cold as it has been in previous years so it was quite pleasant wandering around all the colourful little stalls.

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There was a beautiful carousel in the centre and so much to see.

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The main event for us is getting food there every year, we got some delicious sausages, Fraser got an Austrian one and I (sacrilege!) got a German one. They were yummy.

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Then we walked around and looked at all the Christmassy stuff.

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The ferris wheel really provides a lovely backdrop to the Christmas Market.

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The market did its job and put me in a sufficiently Christmassy mood.

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Autumn…What’s been happening recently

A slightly condensed version of this kind of post. Autumn was a busy season, here are just a few pictures of what happened… (Note: the last picture is the pumpkin that Fraser carved, as a tribute to Breaking Bad, our Heisenpumpkin. I thought it was amazing! It’s become a Halloween tradition for Fraser to carve an elaborate pumpkin).

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Jamie’s Italian

Weeks and weeks and weeks ago Fraser and I went for a meal at Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant in Edinburgh. It was fantastic! It has moved to a new location recently and the restaurant looks lovely. Everyone was so friendly and there were so many great things on the menu. We chose two different things so we could try some of each other’s and we were impressed with both of the dishes. The meal was the result of a birthday present that Fraser got of vouchers for Jamie’s Italian, and we still have some left so we can’t wait to go again. And as this was around Halloween time (so long ago now!) we stopped by our favourite cupcake place afterwards and had a look at their Halloween cupcakes. There is clearly a lot of skill involved in this food business.

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I highly recommend Jamie’s Italian if you find yourself in Edinburgh looking for a place to eat!

What’s been happening recently…September

Time, where does it go? I am no closer to finding the answer to that question as the last month seems to have just absolutely disappeared. I have been so busy with my new university course, which I am loving, but it has meant less time for blogging. I am determined to still keep up the blogging as much as possible, even if it means in slightly longer intervals. It is a great way to document my memories and a good way to ensure I write as often as possible and capture the little moments in life. Anyway, in the mean time, here are some snapshots of September, perhaps looking at these I can figure out where the time goes.

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Back to Enjoying Edinburgh…with food!

So, we’ve been back in Edinburgh for a while now. I am only just now catching up on some blog posts of Edinburgh.

My first weekend back was nice, but I was missing my family and Austria, so we decided to indulge ourselves. First we went out for a lovely lunch.

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Fraser had to work on Saturday but the rest of the weekend we spent time wandering around our beloved Edinburgh, stopping off at a new cafe that has cropped up while we were away.

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We made ourselves a nice Sunday lunch with delicious cookies afterwards as a treat.

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Food makes everything better, even if it doesn’t quite get rid of homesickness.

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I do love Edinburgh, and I am rediscovering all the things I love about living here.

Food at Home

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One of the best things about being back home in Austria is the food, the glorious, glorious food! Honestly we spent so much time eating in the few weeks we were in Austria, but then, if you can’t eat a ridiculous amount when you’re on holiday when can you?

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So here is a little tribute to these culinary delights:

The regular barbecues we enjoyed in the garden as a family….

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Fraser, here eagerly awaiting his plate of grilled food.

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Sausages, vegetables, chicken… we felt as if we could have had this for every meal.

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The delicious (and in the heat much needed) ice creams.

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And ice coffees, eagerly scoffed down by my brother Dieter.

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Of course the other lovely drinks we enjoyed too, such as post-dinner chinese plum wine, and refreshing beverages.

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Great restaurant food.

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And last, but certainly not least, 60th birthday ice cream cake.

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So back in Edinburgh now it is definitely back to exercising and eating more healthily, but, my God, was it good while it lasted!

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To Austria

My long absence is explained by being insanely busy before I left for my holiday back home, and having been busy with family and friends since I got here.

But one of the best parts about being home is always how relaxing it is. The weather has been hot hot hot, so we have been relaxing accordingly.

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It’s been lovely to spend time with family and we even had a wedding in the family. Surprisingly, I caught the bouquet.

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Another highlight so far has been the barbecuing. SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!!

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Apart from the sunshine, great food, and wonderful company, I have even been treated to an epic thunderstorm. Darkening skies, thunder and lightning, torrential rain.

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It’s safe to say so far this holiday is going wonderfully well! I look forward to the next two weeks here.

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A quarter of a century

Yes, a quarter of a century, that is now me. On Sunday the 21st of July 2013, I officially turned 25, which doesn’t really sound much better than a quarter of a century. People who know me, may know that I don’t generally look forward to birthdays. It is no reflection at all on the day itself or the people I spend it with as all of that is lovely, I just don’t like the feeling of getting older. And I don’t mean OLD, just older, I have felt that way since my 13th birthday. I guess I just wasn’t made for being a grown-up.

That being said, I always ALWAYS end up having a wonderful day and this year was no exception. The wonderfulness of this day was, in no small part, down to Fraser, who, in the absence of my excitement had been very excited about my birthday. He made sure it was special from start to finish.

He made me breakfast in the morning, anything I wanted. I wanted eggs and bacon. After breakfast it was time for presents and cards.

Cards first. Thank you to everyone who sent cards. I especially enjoyed being ‘Auntie Jemise’ this year (Jemsie it what those closest to me call me).

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And this is Fraser’s sweet card, ensuring that I don’t feel too bad about getting older.

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Then presents, and I got several lovely things. The crown jewel of which was Fraser’s main present to me, which was a camera. Yes, an awesome new camera. It has several functions with which I am not familiar, but I am SO enjoying using it. It’s a perfect present, considering I use my camera every week.

We spent a relaxing morning, not rushing anything, just doing what we wanted to do. I phoned my parents (never forget, your birthday is also a special day for them). By the afternoon we were hungry again and so it was time for my birthday tradition. You may remember that for the past two years on my birthday we have bought cupcakes from the wonderful Bibi’s Bakery. It is the best birthday tradition and I could not WAIT!!

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I mean just LOOK at how delicious. I had my usual, my favourites, chocolate-orange and smarties, and Fraser had Oreo and summer berries. They were delicious and gone too soon!

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Sooooo good!

It was such a nice day, we spent the rest of the afternoon walking around sunny Edinburgh, working up an appetite for the evening.

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We went to one of my favourite restaurants and afterwards walked around New Town as it was still so warm, before heading to the cinema to see Monsters University (we do love a good Pixar film).

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So all in all, I have to admit, turning a quarter of a century was really very pleasant. I could not have asked for a better birthday!