• Lapland Adventures - Santa!

    Lapland Adventures – Santa!

    The part of the Finland that we visited was in Kaaresuvanto, which is in a narrow northern arm of the country that borders both Sweden and the coast of Norway. In fact the ‘town’ spans a river into Sweden where it name changes to Karesuando (famed for knives apparently). Any way you slice it, it’s […]

    Dec 18, 2015 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Lapland Adventures - Snow & Huskies

    Lapland Adventures – Snow & Huskies

    Have you ever arrived at an airport at 7:30 am on a pitch black rainy December morning and all you see are smiles? Particularly odd when you consider the prospect of a sun holiday does not await. No, in this queue there was an abundance of garish Christmas sweaters and Santa hats, because we were […]

    Dec 17, 2015 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Ssamjang Coleslaw (Trust Me!)

    Ssamjang Coleslaw (Trust Me!)

    Every now and again, you happen across a combination of flavours that is just so delicious you honestly wonder how you made it this far in life with them.  So if you are looking for the extra something to jazz up your palate, look no further than the magnificent Ssamjang. It is the traditional dipping […]

    Aug 13, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Bulgogi (Korean Beef BBQ)

    Bulgogi (Korean Beef BBQ)

    Ok, so after a summer of shockingly bad weather it’s time to try to BBQ.  (Don’t worry if it doesn’t last as this works just as well indoor in a fry pan.) So to get your taste buds going again, here is my version of the super yummy Korean Beef BBQ or Bulgogi. Traditionally, it […]

    Aug 13, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Skye - See, Do, Love

    Skye – See, Do, Love

    The theme song from Outlander is known as the “Skye Boat Song” that recalls the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie (dressed as a serving maid) with the aide of Flora McDonald. Interestingly, the words of the hit programme used are not the original ones, but rather a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (of Treasure Island, […]

    Jun 10, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Skye - Our Haven

    Skye – Our Haven

    Partly due to the unique circumstances of the past few years and partly because I seem to live life as if my head was on fire, when I finally awake on Skye I tend to feel like I have crash landed rather than just ‘arrived’. But after a few cups of coffee and some deep […]

    May 10, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Artists & Artisans

  • The Book! Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food

    The Book! Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food

    Well people, it is finally here. My dream, my joy, my very first book, Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food. This is my around the calendar, around the country tour of Scotland’s unique celebrations, complete with history, photographs and of course

    Feb 15, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • The Glass Angel

    The Glass Angel

    To continue on the theme of “My Fabulously Talented Neighbours”, I am pleased to introduce you to the lovely Vicky Gangel of The Glass Angel jewelry and home accessories.  A busy mum and local artisan, Vicky creates a wide variety

    Sep 30, 2011 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Family & Lifestyle

  • Lapland Adventures - Santa!

    Lapland Adventures – Santa!

    The part of the Finland that we visited was in Kaaresuvanto, which is in a narrow northern arm of the country that borders both Sweden and the coast of Norway. In fact the ‘town’ spans a river into Sweden where

    Dec 18, 2015 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Lapland Adventures - Snow & Huskies

    Lapland Adventures – Snow & Huskies

    Have you ever arrived at an airport at 7:30 am on a pitch black rainy December morning and all you see are smiles? Particularly odd when you consider the prospect of a sun holiday does not await. No, in this

    Dec 17, 2015 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Festivals & Events

  • The Book! Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food

    The Book! Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food

    Well people, it is finally here. My dream, my joy, my very first book, Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food. This is my around the calendar, around the country tour of Scotland’s unique celebrations, complete with history, photographs and of course

    Feb 15, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Up Helly Aa - Music & Halls

    Up Helly Aa – Music & Halls

    This is going to be  very different kind of post for me as all the images are actually video clips, but I hope that the format will give you a wee peek through the looking glass to the other side

    Jan 28, 2014 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Food & Cooking

  • Ssamjang Coleslaw (Trust Me!)

    Ssamjang Coleslaw (Trust Me!)

    Every now and again, you happen across a combination of flavours that is just so delicious you honestly wonder how you made it this far in life with them.  So if you are looking for the extra something to jazz

    Aug 13, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Bulgogi (Korean Beef BBQ)

    Bulgogi (Korean Beef BBQ)

    Ok, so after a summer of shockingly bad weather it’s time to try to BBQ.  (Don’t worry if it doesn’t last as this works just as well indoor in a fry pan.) So to get your taste buds going again,

    Aug 13, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • History & Travel

  • Lapland Adventures - Santa!

    Lapland Adventures – Santa!

    The part of the Finland that we visited was in Kaaresuvanto, which is in a narrow northern arm of the country that borders both Sweden and the coast of Norway. In fact the ‘town’ spans a river into Sweden where

    Dec 18, 2015 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Lapland Adventures - Snow & Huskies

    Lapland Adventures – Snow & Huskies

    Have you ever arrived at an airport at 7:30 am on a pitch black rainy December morning and all you see are smiles? Particularly odd when you consider the prospect of a sun holiday does not await. No, in this

    Dec 17, 2015 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Jeantopia

  • The Book! Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food

    The Book! Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food

    Well people, it is finally here. My dream, my joy, my very first book, Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food. This is my around the calendar, around the country tour of Scotland’s unique celebrations, complete with history, photographs and of course

    Feb 15, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • The Scottish Referendum

    You can’t really have a blog about life in Scotland without addressing the Independence Referendum held this past week. Just is case you may not know me personally or can’t conclude from my previous writings, I am whole-heartedly in support

    Sep 22, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Other Recent Articles

  • Over the Sea to Skye

    Over the Sea to Skye

    Like many folk out there I have been gorging on Outlander episodes (ooft!) and have found myself humming the theme tune, “Over the Sea to Skye…” throughout the day. It finally kick-started these next posts that have been marinating for two and a half years so I hope you enjoy. Each autumn when leaves turn […]

    Apr 18, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Cobb Portable BBQ

    Cobb Portable BBQ

    It’s cold, it’s dark and it’s January…let’s talk BBQ! For several years now I have been in hot pursuit of grilling perfection.  From Beer Can Chicken to BBQ Pizza to Hot Smoked Salmon, and just about everything in between I have tried gas, charcoal, stove top, electric on just about every kind of device out […]

    Jan 28, 2015 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Up Helly Aa - Additional Gems of Shetland

    Up Helly Aa – Additional Gems of Shetland

    Apologies to all for the lateness of this post, but there have been big doings here in Jeantopia of which explanations will follow soon.  Additionally, a very important bit of information in viewing these images is that I have very wonky ankles.  May seem random information I know, but it does have relevance I promise.  […]

    Apr 06, 2014 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Up Helly Aa - Processions & Galley Burning

    Up Helly Aa – Processions & Galley Burning

    On my ferry journey to Shetland, I met a fabulous woman named Peg (who just happened to be American and also had a blog) and her lovely daughter Salem, so I had some fun buddies to enjoy the processions with.  After a very fun and full day of enjoying the town of Lerwick, the darkness […]

    Jan 27, 2014 | 3 comments | View Post

  • Up Helly Aa - Introduction

    Up Helly Aa – Introduction

    There just ain’t no getting around the fact that this post is going to be a doozy!  I tried, I have really, really tried to get the story, the images and the adventure that is Up Helly Aa into a single blog post but it is just not possible.  So instead, there will be four; […]

    Dec 17, 2013 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Saffron Scones with Lime Cream

    Saffron Scones with Lime Cream

    Whoop, whoop…Swedish Linn of Cardamom Buns fame is back in the house!  This time she is here to share a fantastic contemporary treat inspired by a Swedish Christmas classic. This recipe comes from chef Cecilia Vikbladh from her book Cecilias Fikastunder, which roughly translates to ‘Cecilias Coffee Brakes’ but it actually means much more. The partaking […]

    Nov 16, 2013 | 2 comments | View Post

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