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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

Family, GLASGOW

The last snow

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I do hope this was the last snow for this winter. Don’t get me wrong…snow is not something I hate. I love the white little snowflakes coming down the sky and dressing everything in a festive white. I like looking at the snowed garden and I even went down a slope on a home-made sledge (we just used an oven tray!). It was crazy fun, I admit. But I don’t like it when I have to go out and walk in the dirty mashy snow on the pavements that gets as slippery as an ice-ring. And I don’t really like the cold. I am a Mediterranean girl – I just totally love the scorching heat and the summer days (and evenings).

My little Scarlett, on the other hand, loves the whole lot. She doesn’t complain. She just has fun. The first photo is my favourite (it was taken by Colin) and it is while she splashes a snowball at us. Such a great caption I think. The mountain photos are from the way to Aberfoyle on a crispy Sunday afternoon.

Do you enjoy the snow? Or like me you prefer watching the lovely scenery inside in front of a fireplace and with a warm cup of tea at hand?

GLASGOW, In

Burns night dinner

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Last Saturday I hosted a Burns night dinner at my house. This is a very traditional and exciting day for the Scots where they celebrate Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland. I had planned the decorations and dinner for at least a month so I was so excited when Saturday came and I dressed the table and cooked the beautiful food. I am guilty to say that I didn’t manage to take any photos of the food as I was running about like crazy to cook and serve that I didn’t take the time to take a photo of each dish regretfully.

I am very excited though to have used a photo filter given by Zanita in the first photo of the table – it creates such a dreamy effect! (and it is the same filter that she used for these photos of Nicole at Gary Pepper Girl, what a massive honour!). Thank you Zanita, you are a cool girl!

For the table I chose a tartan runner and flowers in white and purple with thistles. I am always so happy to use my crystal glasses, a bit like Meryl Streep in the movie “Out of Africa” where she transferred all her crystal from Europe to her new house in Africa. I made red name tags with rafia bows and tree sticks. The “party bags” I gave to my guests had a small bottle of single malt whisky, shortbread (traditional Scottish biscuit) and tablet (traditional Scottish sweetie)!

Dinner was served with cullen skink for starter, traditional and vegetarian haggis (I always eat the veggie option, the other is too much for a greek girl like me!) with clapshot and a whiskey sauce for main, and a cranaghan with juicy rasberries for dessert. You can find it all in the inspiring “Celebrate” book below. And then there was lots of live music and singing. Colin and I have turned our dining room into a music room too. There is a piano, an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a base guitar, a couple of microphones and speakers and a cajon. Together with a mix of very talented musician we had for dinner, you can imagine it was some party!

To be honest I had turned my nose up when I saw that Pippa Middleton had published a book. I was intrigued enough though to flick through it. Right from the introduction, Pippa won me over with her honesty and the quality of the book and wonderful ideas have made it one of my favourites. It is possibly the first book I will go to when I want to organise a traditionally British event at home especially when you want a twist of glamour to it. So definitely recommended!

Have you ever been to a Burns’ night? Have you ever tried Scottish food?

Family, GLASGOW

Brother mode

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I am so proud to present a series of portraits that I took of my little (!) brother Andreas on Christmas day around one of my favourite locations, the Milngavie Reservoir just outside the city of Glasgow (previous post also here). He spent 5 days with us only as he had to return back to Athens where he works.

I have recently increased my efforts to improve my photography skills and on that day I tried very hard to focus on the direction, quality and strength of the light. It was a sunny winter day with a few clouds that kept increasing so the photos at the bottom of the lake are more moody than the others. I used my 50mm lens this time. Baby steps but I am quite happy with the results and this has given me focus to keep at it. I would just love to go back to Paris and work with the light, it is such an eye-opener and such an important element to photography. (If you are interested, there are more details about the equipment I used here).

What do you think? When is your favourite time to shoot? Do you have a favourite spot that works well for you?

 

HONG KONG

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all my friends! I thought that a post full of our recent Christmas photos as a family would be the most appropriate thing to send out today. They are mostly taken at the Pacific Place mall, one of my favourites in Hong Kong. Please excuse the grain in some of them, I thought at the time that if I went for a crazy ISO I would improve the detail in the photos. I have since learned that I should try and keep it as low as possible and if my light is too flat then I shouldn’t shoot at all. Oh well! I have always been a keen learner so let’s hope I will get there.

My warmest wishes for a day full of joy surrounded by your loved ones (and hopefully some gifts and treats that you have been wishing for in your Christmas gifts). I have a personal massive wish that hope to come true…fingers, legs, and arms crossed. Dad I love you so much, this one is for you!

Peace and health,
Katerina

HONG KONG

Hong Kong diary 2

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What do you think of the second part of the Hong Kong diary? Scarlett is calling you all to enjoy them from the Peak. We got the traditional tram to go up and it was such an experience! I admired the tropical plants and all the ground roots on the way up, such an exotic sight. The views were breathtaking however it was quite foggy that day so the panoramic photos I took were not so successful.

You will also see photos from the Aberdeen Marina Club where we had an exquisite Chinese meal, being entertained by chinese dragons and lovely live music. Another place we stopped over was the Hard Rock Cafe in the city centre, and there are some more photos from the Man Mo temple.

One of my favourite things was the cruise on the Aqua Luna junk boat for the symphony of lights. The boat itself is a total beauty with its red sails and you can book it for different types of cruise. Such a lovely experience!

Also, I cannot believe that Christmas is already here and I am so excited to open the gifts under the tree!