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Greek Girl Glasgow in Stirling

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Hello from Stirling, Scotland! We had the lovely opportunity to visit Stirling last weekend with Colin, his brother Niall and his wife Michelle. We strolled around the traditional roads and had a cup of coffee at a central italian cafe. It was so nice to catch up with everyone as we do not see each other very often. With a pack of newspapers under my arm, I felt armed to face a relaxing day filled with laughter and deep philosophical discussions (as we so often end up doing us McKays). I think that the topic of the day ended up being the illusion of self and other extententialist arms and legs that grew from that. But I will not bore you with philosophy, I promise. Instead, I will let you have a look at our photos below.

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Have you been to Stirling before? Is there a favourite place that you would recommend I should visit the next time I am around?

Love,

Katerina

GLASGOW, Out

Autumn leaves in Glasgow

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It is this time of the year that the trees dress up in their autumn leaves, showing of colours of unique palettes and beauty. Autumn colours are my favourite as they complement my dark mediterranean complexion. In Glasgow specifically, the abundance of green and parks ensures a fantastic experience of colour, light and the sounds of dry leaves cracking under your boots.

I took my daddy to the Kelvingrove Park one sunny day and took some photos of the early autumn fashion show.

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Where do you go to experience autumn glory in your city? I would love to come and visit it ;-)

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Charity dinner at the Hampden Park for Alzheimer Scotland

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Colin and I were invited to the charity dinner of Alzheimer Scotland at the Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow. It was so exciting to be part of this since working all these years with patients I understand how much research and support contributes to improve quality of life and what a difference that makes to them. On arrival to the stadium, we were welcomed with a bubbly drink and were shown to our table, where a bag full of goodies was waiting for us. It contained a 1/2 hour spa treatment (you know I love these!), some eye make-up, a bottle of beer (I would prefer some pink champagne), and other little treats.

Paul Cooney opened the speeches and we were shown how patients with Alzheimer’s disease have been supported in groups that involve football games. It was so lovely to see patients to light up and get involved in interactions that their families did not think that they could still participate in.

Mr Craig Brown, CBE and famous manager of Scotland’s football team, he is actually the second most successful manager of all time, gave a very funny speech however he made the mistake to mention Greece which meant that he gave me the opportunity to meet him. He was very nice to me :-) When I went over to say hello, he was talking to Mr Bill Martin, this wonderful Scottish songwriter and music publisher. I was so thrilled to have my photo taken with them.

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Charity142With Mr Craig Brown, CBE and second most successful manager of all time, and Mr Bill Martin, songwriter and music publisher (what an honour!).

Are there any charities that you support?

 

GLASGOW, Out, Travel

The only place of calm in Glasgow!

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I was thinking the other day that our lives are full of stress. We stress about things little or big, work or family, friends or foes. We stress because we are afraid. We are afraid of a future that may never come to us, we do tend to think that the worst is going to happen when times are not easy. This of course is a plain misunderstanding. Things will not necessarily get worse just because something negative has happened nor will the world stop going round because of our problems. We tend to blow up problems in our head like balloons and most of the time the size of these are nothing but air! When we pause a little we can see that around us there is nothing but calm and we can easily find this calm in nature around us. I have struggled with stress many times in the past and I am sure there will be sometimes in the future. But I have learned that, like all things, it goes away and what is left is a big relief that there are still things around me beautiful and calm that overpower any misery under the sun.

The photos were taken by myself at the Reservoir in Milngavie and I cannot recommend it enough for long walks when the sun appears. I am lucky to live right next to it so I take the opportunity to visit as often as the weather permits.

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What is your favourite way to relax?

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Do you want to go to a ball?

The last time I went to a ball was in 2009 for a Burns’ night dinner. So you can imagine my excitement when I was able to attend the hospital’s May ball this year. It was another opportunity to glam up, put on my Roberto Cavalli silk black gown and walk in my golden high heels. I was also wearing Betty eyelashes from the Vintage Cosmetic Company which made my eyes look like butterfly wings.

I had envisaged this night to be like a Great Gatsby party…surrounded by our best friends, diving into glamour, cocktails and dance. It was not far from it and I cannot wait for my next opportunity to sparkle!

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It was certainly one of the most mesmerising venues I have been to…the top floor of Oran Mor in Glasgow West End.

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And so the posing begins…

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My dashing man in his Armani cocktail suit…

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What a lovely wee treat we got on our table!

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This is a photo of the starters. After which I ate everything without even registering I had to take a photo first :-P (silly me!)

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Everyone was chating away looking so fabulous all the time.

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I love this photo of Sarah…Isn’t she gorgeous in her pink dress?

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Hi sweetie!

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One of the lovely couples of our table, Adrian and Una!

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Now things start getting blurry after this. I do apologise but the photos represent the way I remember things too!

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So when was the last time you went to a ball?

I Glasgow..., Mirror, Out

Garden dress

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I am so delighted that spring is finally here. The temperature is warm, the sun is out more, the evenings are long and bright, the sky is blue and not grey any more. In this post, I celebrate our new beautiful garden. Enjoy the photos of the flowers, imagine the scents, feel the breeze through the petals. And as the garden wore its best dress, I decided that I had to wear a garden dress too. By the way, if I did not wear high heels, I would be tempted to climb some trees ;-)

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My little sweetheart is always keen to come out with mummy and join in the fun. Here she explains to me the rules of croquet.

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We decided to make a peanut bird wreath. The idea is from the book “Celebrate” by P. Middleton and despite what you think, it is a totally great book to have and I highly recommend it. Tip: Read the introduction and you will know what I mean :-)

You will need: A bag of peanuts, some raffia, heavy duty wire, wire cutter, scissors and some rope.

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A little helper is always welcome too.

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Make two opposing holes in each side of your peanut and pass the wire through.

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Once ready, hang it outside from the branch of a tree. The birds will love it <3

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What does your garden look like? Or if you don’t have a garden, where is your favourite park or botanic gardens?

For those who care, I was wearing: Zara summer dress and Guess high heel sandals

Book: “Celebrate” by Pippa Middleton