Some of the stuff which passes through my life

Yuyuan Gardens

A little oasis among the chaos

03 Nov Yuyuan Gardens (39)Near the old town of Shanghai and approached via the Yuyuan Bazaar, the Yuyuan Gardens are definitely worth a visit. It’s physical footprint isn’t actually that big but you seem to wander for ages through archways, along walkways and still never reach the end.

It dates back to the Ming Dynasty and has seen plenty of interesting history. There are lots of lovely little halls with different purposes and each has the feel of a small Buddhist temple. In the pools there are countless huge koi carp together with a few terrapins.

03 Nov Yuyuan Gardens (13)There were a couple of exhibitions on when I visited and there is also a shop (called an exhibition but everything seems to be for sale). Some stuff is pretty expensive but looks good quality but my problem is I don’t know the market prices so it’s difficult to guage whether their prices are good or high. I would expect them to be on the high side bearing in mind their position.

One funny thing when I was in there was to find that I was being serenaded with Old Lang Syne – quite bizarre!


Lost in Translation

The unexpected joys of the English version I shouldn’t laugh, if I were asked to translate anything from English to any other language I’d screw it up. But I really can’t help being amused by other people’s translations. Sometimes it’s just the interesting way they phrase it and other times it just stops you inContinue Reading

Traffic – just keep walking, they’ll get out of your way

The subtle intricacies of Shanghai traffic My first exposure to Shanghai traffic was emerging blinking from the Metro at Tongji University. Faced with a very wide road and a lot of hooting vehicles was nearly enough to make me stay put at the side of the road. Anyway, the pedestrian lights turned green and JulianContinue Reading

Shanghai – The Journey

Or how to get from Dunfermline to Shanghai on two planes 1st November, nice and early, saw me take a straightforward taxi trip to Edinburgh Airport. A swift bagdrop with Virgin (why was I not offered a free upgrade to Upper Class? Hmmmph) followed by what must have been the speediest trip I’ve ever hadContinue Reading

A new home for my ramblings

Goodbye Posterous, hello new home Having had three (sporadically posted to) spaces on Posterous I was encourage to amalgamate and re-home recently. The demise of Posterous meant I either waved goodbye to my previous ramblings or I found them a new home. This is their new home. This time I’ve decided I’m not going to be dependentContinue Reading

Banana and toffee sticky cake

Banana and toffee sticky cake

This is a nice, easy recipe which came out of the supplement to the March Waitrose Kitchen magazine – Spring Harvest. I prepped everything before I started as I didn’t think that stopping half way through to grate the squash was going to work! I e…Continue Reading

Battenburg Cake

Today’s project was Battenburg from a recipe by Lorraine Pascale. As with all things it wasn’t as easy as it looked!I thought I had two loaf tins but couldn’t find the second one so the mixture went into a square tin with the hope that it wouldn’t…Continue Reading

Felting Fun!

Had a fabulous day with Morag Lloyds (arranged by the lovely Denise James) on Saturday, 28 Jan. Morag guided Denise, Debbie, Alison and I through various methods of felting and we all went homewith several masterpieces, as well as very clean hands 🙂Continue Reading

Day trippers

It was time to leave the country. Across the hills, sneak over the border and visit Montenegro.Left at the crack of dawn. Well, 8.15 is early when you’re on holiday! One stop to collect a German couple from another hotel along the way and off to t…Continue Reading

It would drive you up the wall…

We thought it was about time we got off our sun beds and took a bit of exercise so this morning we set off for a stroll around the city walls. Hmmm, there should have been a health warning on that!There are two main entrances, one near the Pile Ga…Continue Reading