Category Archives: Home Life

Pet Over Partner – a cat writes

With 27 million pets in the UK and an industry worth more than £4bn a year, it’s clear you are a nation bewitched by your pets. Now a survey from reveals just how much. Recognise yourself in any of this? … Continue reading

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August is a wicked month

It’s a long time since I last read Edna O’Brien’s novel August Is A Wicked Month but always a handy title for headlines.  I’m back in ‘Raintown’ after a few days in Inverness, bleary eyed after being subjected to my … Continue reading

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Boomerang Babies & Disco Biscuits

We are family Suddenly I’ve gone from ‘single woman/one Govan cat’ household to three daughters, son-in-law and three cats, one of whom is Demis Roussos in fur; all this in a two bedroom flat. It’s like Little Women on disco … Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Business in Heart of Highlands

This appears in the latest edition of Scottish Farmer’s lifestyle mag. I’m the grand-daughter of a farmer, so have courtyard cred. The frill of it all Be it stripped pine or Formica, the humble kitchen table has long been a … Continue reading

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Caledonian Christmas

  Winter Falls by Dumfries-based artist Ailsa Black. www.scotlandart.comWe’re all out of money in our own way this Christmas, and given that I write about interiors, I shouldn’t really be encouraging anyone to spend – least of all me as … Continue reading

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Opening a vein

Women in the G12 district of Glasgow have built up something of a reputation in The Herald Diary for their devotion to cats. My 17-year-old life companion ‘Bramble’ sadly passed away last week, almost taking me with her when she … Continue reading

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At Home with Scottish Shoe Designer Emily Lamb

Just like Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Emma Hope, the name Emily Lamb looks destined to become part of our fashion vocabulary through her eponymous range of desirable footwear. Since securing a place at the London College of Fashion at … Continue reading

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Family life at Joan Eardley’s Catterline Cottage

It’s down to accident rather than design that artist Stuart Buchanan has lived and worked in the former homes of not one but two celebrated artists of undeniable brilliance – Scottish Colourist JD Fergusson (1874-1961), and Joan Eardley (1921-1963) one … Continue reading

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At home with artist Annette Edgar

When artist Annette Edgar moved into her 1920’s west Glasgow home 16 years ago and started pulling up the carpets, she uncovered an unexpected house warming present in the shape of a four-leaf clover. Not that Annette needed confirmation that … Continue reading

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The Cameron Family

          This is my grandmother Daisy Cameron (she’s the little girl in the white pinafore on the extreme left) and her mother & father John & Mary Cameron, with her brothers and sisters pictured under a … Continue reading

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