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Home away from home away from home

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I’m back from vacation (or holiday as I call it). There are some photos to look at at the end of this post, you’re welcome.

I’m actually still in an Uber on the way back from the airport. Normally we get the Blueline into Chicago but we have been travelling for 13 hours and I needed a break from people. Talk about life of a Prince!

I missed Chicago, I also missed Scotland, and Manchester, but mostly the people in all 3 places. We got to see my (mums side of the) family, my husbands family, our friends, and one show in the Edinburgh Fringe. All in 6 days. I’m shattered.

I wore my kilt- which finally fits again after a humiliating wedding where the wrap-around traditional wear didn’t quite wrap around due to my increased waist.

I’ve struggled with my weight over the course of 15 years- which I think I touched upon when talking about marathon training. If anyone wants to discuss my eating disorder/weight gain & loss mentality, message me on Instagram and we can have a chat. I’m totally open.

back to holiday (vacation).

i loved seeing Scotland again. I forgot how much green there was.

I also feel that living in America put me in a bubble as to what’s going on at home- and I really must challenge myself to read more, rather than follow along with tweets.

My family were happy to discuss the current political climate, with one talking about their travel plans for work meaning they arrive in mainland Europe on October 31st, the day the UK is meant to leave the EU. If Boris has anything to do with it, with no deal and a whole load of problems from that.

Ill be talking more about Brexit and my understanding of it again I am sure. Please be aware that I am not an “expert” on it, or politics, but I do live in this world, so my experiences are still valid. Even if they are naive.

America has opened my eyes to the obvious racism that exists in the world. My whiteness has shielded me from this for years (Privilege) so I didn’t get that the colour of your skin creates so many barriers. The closest I can get to understanding it on a personal level is because I’m gay and effeminate. Though the latter can be “acted out” if the scenario needs.

I actually found Manchester to be a very diverse place to walk around in, even in comparison to Chicago. Every race, colour, class, lifestyle can be found in and around Picadilly Gardens. Going to work, shopping, eating, travelling, hanging out with friends, family. I was happy to see everyone going on about their day. But that’s Manchester people, always busy like bees.

Recommended reading for this blog post:

Why I am No Longer Talking to white people about Race by Reni Eddo- Lodge.

Recommended podcasts:

The Friend Zone

The Read

The Stoop

I don’t want to speak for black lives, and want you to hear them directly.

Colin x

Shortbread

Classically Scottish, like me! 

I have used this recipe various times, in various ways. But this is the classic Macrae family shortbread recipe. Enjoy, and don't forget to share it with your friends and family.


Ingredients

340g plain flour

250g butter

115g caster sugar

115g corn flour

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp lemon juice


Method

Put your oven on to 175ºC/350ºF/Gas 4

Get a bowl. Put everything in this bowl. Mix it with your hands. 

Take it out the bowl once it has become a dough, then put onto a lightly floured surface. I like to split the mixture in half as it makes it easier. Roll the mix into a sausage about an inch an a half in diameter (to be fair, you can make it any size you want, it's your shortbread). 

Slice 1 inch thick pieces and lay them on a baking tray, evenly spaced. Bake them in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the bottoms are slightly brown. 

Take out, cool on a wire rack. While they are cooling, sprinkle some caster sugar over the top. 

Eat and enjoy! 

See you soon

Colin x

p.s. here is a song to remind you how it's done. It's old, but gold!