Monthly Archives: August 2014

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This really sweet mini garden around the post box in South Ockendon is a little bit of public spirited civic improvement by a local person which I snapped back in June.

Today I got a letter ! a proper hand written letter!. It was lovely to sit and read it over a coffee before went out to gather more supplies for the dinner tomorrow. Again I’m reminded that the ‘real’ the analogue and the made are so much better than then click of a mouse or a ‘like’.



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I adore the knitted bikini and the wooly dogs… Teddies for Tragedies aims to give a bit of cheer to children in terrible situations Knit–a-square in South Africa supporting Aids orphans takes the ones my mother knits. The shops in South Queensferry make a big effort with their window displays during their summer fair. Lots of them have models of the Forth Road Bridge as it turns 50 years old this year.




I’d like to invite the world to dinner!

(well, 18 of the world – as that’s the number of plates I have!)


Inspired by Jim Haynes Parisian Sunday Dinners, and my Great Aunt Mary Fraser Dott running a literary salon in Edinburgh in the 1940’s I want to bring people together over food.


I’m inviting people to come to dinner in Leith. This is an opportunity to have great food, converse in person (not on facebook!) and make new connections and find new perspectives.

Food is sourced locally from farmers market and has vegetarian and meaty options.

Please email me Mary Gordon at to book a place (Free!) and get more info.

7pm Sunday 24th August 2014






Feedback from my trial run includes


The food was excellent and the company great. Nice and relaxed and a great bunch of people.


The food choice was superb for the setting and there was plenty to go around.


Lovely food and drinks,


Enjoying delicious food; meeting friendly people with engaging conversation


It was a very charming evening for all of its quirkiness (interesting yummy food; friendly guests; and, a fizz of eccentricity).





“the people who run our cities dont understand graffiti because they think nothing has the right to exist unless it makes a profit…
the people who truly deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff….
any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours, it belongs to you ,, its yours to take, rearrange and re use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head..”
― Banksy