Review of 2011

January 1, 2012

That time of year again to have a look over what I’ve blogged about and review what the year has been like ( see 2010, and 2009)


MOVIES watched at the cinema…

RESTAURANTS, blogged about…

BOOKS read this year….


Feb: honeymoon in Barbados

July: we did a wee tour of England, visiting relatives in Coventry then having a few days in Yorkshire and the Lakes.

August:  CLANkidz not always seen as a holiday, but still it isn’t ‘work’ and it is in St Andrews so I think it counts

Other Highlights:

Feb: I got Married, D’ moved into my small flat and we began our married life of bliss.  The reality is that it is difficult to find a balance in everything when married, it hasn’t been easy but it has been a lot of fun.
Also, in Feb, as mentioned we went to Barbados and I found a new interest – Rum!
Oct: Put my flat in Woodlands on the market and it sold within three weeks
Nov: After looking at a lot of places we bought a house in Scotstoun
Dec: Moved into the new house, filled it up with clutter immediately, then had Christmas parties.  What a good month!

I got Married

March 5, 2011

I know I know it’s been three weeks already since I married the wonderful D’  and apart from a brief mention asking people for copies of their wedding photos I’ve not got around to any blogging.  Is this a sign of things to come?  Most people I know who were keeping straight forward ‘this is what I’ve been doing’ blogs a few years have stopped a long time ago.  In the past year or so I have deliberately backed off ‘my general thoughts’ type posts and mostly just posted about books, movies, restaurants, gigs, etc. However, now that I am a married man I can’t let that little incident go by without mentioning it.

Our wedding took place in St Silas church on Sat 12th Feb. It had been raining most of the day before (and the day after it turned out) and on the morning it was a bit showery.  But as D’ was arriving at the church and when we left the sun was out and we were able to take some photos outside.  Then we had some refreshments at the church (thanks to the Brett family), eventually moved down to the Crowne Plaza and took some more photos by the Clyde (saw a seal in the river), had a meal, some speeches, toasts, the first dance, some more dances, and some fun. Like everyone says it does all pass very quickly but it was a blast!

We then went on honeymoon to the beautiful island of Barbados, staying at a small all-inclusive, adult only resort.  It was simply fantastic.  An interesting place to visit but ultimately simply relaxing, it was hot, the ocean was refreshing – snorkeling with tropical fish and wild turtles – the food was awesome and the Bajan rum is the best!

I would like to blog about every meal we had, or about the beach and sunsets, the journey not to mention all our memories of the wedding day itself.  But I just don’t think I will get enough time to get any of that done, so don’t hold your breath.

wedding photos…

February 26, 2011

Hi, if you were at our wedding, took photos and tried to upload them only to find you weren’t able to…  please try again!  When I set up the Flickr site (the day before we got married) I forgot to upgrade to the pro site meaning that the space for uploads was limited and once that space had gone no one else was able to upload. has all the details of how to upload.

Gift Lists are odd…

January 3, 2011

Doing a ‘gift list‘ is a very strange experience.  Before gift lists people just choose what to get you for a wedding present and you ended up with 4 toasters and lots of towels.  Now it is possible to have a ‘list’ letting people know what you are interested in, what styles of crockery, cutlery, etc. you like.  This should make it easier for guests who want to get gifts to do so – in fact it takes out almost all the hassle.

However, to do this we had to spend two days going around John Lewis (other stores are also available) with a scanner to make up a list of things you ‘want’.  It is hard to keep fighting the feeling of guilt for asking for stuff and remember that people want to get you stuff and you are helping them do so – I hope.

So now the list is live, the web site updated and we can move on to the other things on the to-do list.  In fact we just re-did the to-do list and I’m stalling trying to avoid doing anything new.