Sunday, 7 October 2018


We finally shifted all the decorating stuff out of the play room cupboard, and got ourselves some drawers to put in there instead. Miriam and Esther helped me out with the construction - in fact Miriam really did put in several screws herself, and did an excellent job otherwise of fetching things. Well done her!

Esther also got a couple of things quite effectively.

Deservedly pleased with herself!

Saturday, 6 October 2018

New office

I've been in my new job a few months now (proper teaching starts for me in a couple of weeks!), and one of the perks of Stirling is that all lecturers get a pretty generous office to themselves. This is apparently because the university was built with the intention that staff would host small tutorials of a few students in their rooms, but higher education changed pretty soon after that to the larger groups we have today. It is still useful to have space for meetings with project groups, and frequent meetings with other researchers though. If one is having a hard day it's also good just to shut the door and have a lie down! I know one person who had an easy chair for such things, and another with a full hammock, but I'm not quite there yet.

I had one of these rooms before, but shared with my Greek chum Michael (now at Lancaster University) - but this one is all mine! I posted a few pics before, and here's me now all settled in...

First up, my old office door. That's my poster to the right, it's now moved to my new room.
I had - rather by accident - spread out to fill two desks in my old room.

Research Fellow no more!


The view out of my window
 Now the new room... first, in its empty state pre-moving in.

and now with all my stuff! 
Look at those lovely fast machines behind my chair. Great.

Umbrella collection behind the door.

I didn't have a photo of my Japanese umbrella before. Here it is.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

More Baking

Time for a delicious post... a delightful mixture of date night baking and cooking with the children. This lot spans October 2016 to last week so some of the child pictures are a bit on the young side!

Little comment here except to say that most of the below did taste as good as it looks.

This has become the indulgent meal of choice. Waffles with everything.


Next up, we had a go at crumpets...

Making biscuits

Some kind of sponge. We forget exactly what....

more biscuits!

and cookies!

My favourite is profiteroles...

These coconut bites were brilliant.
I remember them going very quickly indeed.

Bakewells. One comment we received was that they "really taste like Bakewells".
I think that's an endorsement.

Home made breadsticks.

These were legendary...

Roulade (this was just last week)

Swiss roll.

More profiteroles!
This time with creme patissiere filling rather than cream.

Obligatory Yorkshire puds for roast chicken

A couple of years ago we got a cake pop maker for Christmas. Here are some cake pops!
Usually they go on a stick but they taste as good without one.

A waffle stack bookend to the deliciousness.