Dockyard Social

With Lockdown easing we have more opportunities to catch up with friends, get out and enjoy some good food.

The Dock Yard Social

But not everybody is confident about this.I have learnt talking to parents that they feel anxious .So this blog will be short to the point hopefully and talk about our visit to The Dockyard Social which will hopefully help other parents and anybody really just feel confident to get back to some normally.

I think it’s best to start at the beginning what is DockYard Social?

A converted warehouse based in Glasgow’s coolest area Finnieston .

Inside it you will find 10 street vendors (reduced vendors at the moment)that rotate every 2 weeks. The great thing is the street vendors are all different your taste buds really do get to travel around the world .

I had been several times before lockdown to events and drinks with friends and really enjoyed all my visits. This made me eager to see what changes would be in place

We checked on their web page and I was surprised we could book tickets for the Saturday for free!.

On arriving we noticed straight away more space the bus was gone I was delighted Thea was not ( Thea use to love running up and down the bus having a rammy ) but this frees up areas as does the fact there is less vendors less maybe but still plenty to keep two families going.

Also a very clear one way system to help you understand the layout.

There are signs for social distancing clearly set up around the venue. We were taken to our table which was a massive picnic bench. We had plenty of room away from all other visitors and somebody comes to take your drinks (in mask )order leaving us to settle the toddlers, baby and dog in.

That meant it was time for the daddies to go round the vendors and start ordering as always our eyes were bigger than our stomachs but you can’t blame us the smells of different flavours of cooking away beside you is immense.

Choices choices choices

I always find at Dockyard Social they have something for everyone all the times I have been there with family and friends no one goes away hungry.

Food glorious food

I have missed seeing my friends and having nice food it’s been a stressful few months so I was so grateful to have a stress free afternoon as a family with friends

So we stayed the an hour and a half we talked, we laughed, we ate it felt normal, it felt good and most importantly it felt safe.

A couple of points I want to highlight for you

Family friendly- Dockyard Social has a reputation for being family friendly and wow it still is we had 3 under 3 so you know they are there everyone was brilliant with them. I often get anxious but they were awesome at making us all feel welcome

Dog friendly,dogs are welcome which I love Thea loves dogs and they keep her entertained the more the better.

Atmosphere it was great no music no problem the venue is great when you walk through that door it’s like another world with all the vendors.The artwork is great and just adds to the chilled laid back atmosphere. Coming from someone who is generally very anxious that’s some achievement.

The food where to begin ,you have burgers, kebabs , curry’s , brownies, churros , sweet potato fries so good, name a few a brilliant mixture for all. Including fantastic vegan options those fries omg!!.

So overall if you want to try different foods and catch up with friends (as long as the FM says it’s okay) and feel safe Dockyard Social is the perfect choice for you.

Our visit was on a Saturday in August 2020

Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday

https://www.dockyardsocial.com

Family friendly perfect for a play date

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Going to the Pub after Lockdown

I like a pub worked in enough of them over the years. I love the atmosphere and I treat it like a treat. Generally I don’t drink in the house never have but I do like a social drink down the local with family and friends. You know nice food and a couple of drinks.

So I have missed that time out from home life not having to cook, do the dishes just that chill time or quality time with your family round a table.

When bars and pubs reopened I wasn’t shocked I was excited. I feel we all have to be responsible for our own safety and others . If an establishment has set rules or guidelines we should follow them no argument it’s to keep us safe and others.

Saying that living in Glasgow I’m surrounded by bars. Before deciding where I wanted to go with my family I checked them out walking past. Thankfully most bars looked happy and there was lots of social distancing unfortunately one or two looked like they had an old firm on before lockdown .

I decided after walking past one of fave locals and Thea shouting I want to go to the pub to book a table the next day for nibbles and drinks

So the next day off we went to Stravaigin at lunch time. At this point it was outside tables only. About 5 or 6 all distanced apart and no one behind us (see pic). It was perfect we felt safe straight away. We did the usual leave our contact details as well.

Nobody behind us so it felt extra safe

Onto ordering you scan the menu and it comes up on your phone. I have heard people moan about this around the UK but it worked perfectly for us and we quickly ordered our nibbles and drinks which arrived super quick.

As always great service
Scan your menu

Toilets next another hot topic one in one out. We had no issues with this there was a queuing system but as you were outside you know if there was a que I never saw one.

Experience overall it was great Stravaigin have obviously followed all the guidelines and trained staff on new procedures. This helped with the experience I was at ease through out and it was a great a family experience.

This is how I know we had a good time check that face

Will I go back of course maybe today for a quick one. It’s lovely having Stravaigin back and Thea adores it there,they make her feel at home what more can a parent want.

My SkinCare Routine with El Naturals

My skincare where to begin?. When I was in my teens I suffered with extreme acne so bad my doctor put me on medication for it. It calmed down but can flare up and I have scarring which my daughter loves to point out. For years I have hopped between brands trying to find a solution, spent a fortune and so much time hunting it out (why can you never find the products you want in shops).

El Naturals
https://www.elnaturals.uk/

So when El naturals gifted me their new Father’s Day range I was really excited. You see their skin care products are unisex and produced specifically so it can be used by all skin types and all family members.

After hearing about other parents having the same problems as myself I thought it would be useful to run through the products I’m using and my daily routine.

1)Q10 Cleanser

2)Black Clay Mask

3)Collagen Moisturiser

4)Marula Oil

My skin care bundle

Onto my routine above is the order I use the products but you may change the order we all have different skin it’s what suits you.I will now talk about the range and how they help my skin feel refreshed and rejuniveted.

1) Q10 cleanser – I start with this, I gently massage into my skin and use a clean damp face cloth to remove it. I use about a 1 pence piece of the cleanser. It’s great for cleaning my face and repairing my skin perfect 1st thing in the morning.The cleanser has avacado and apricot oils in it which help nourish the skin and here comes the science bit Co-Enzyme Q10 which repairs the skin cells by producing energy amazing.

Q10 Cleanser

2)Black Clay Mask. I use roughy the same amount as I do with the cleanser or more sometimes as I love the stuff. It’s brilliant for cleaning my skin getting the rid of the dirt on my face and opening my pores. I gently rub the clay mask all over my face as your doing this you can feel it going to work getting . I then splash my face I personally like to rub again and finally cleanse my face with cold water. How does it keep you looking young and fresh we have grape seed for better circulation and omega 6 to reduce your pores.

Black Clay Mask

3)Collagen moisturiser if only you could smell it wow!,it has a cherry extract in it. It’s a delight,it’s not an overpowering smell as all the skincare products are scented to be used by anybody. It’s like a fresh slightly summery smell. But apart from smelling great this helps us stay young it has key oils , essitntial extracts and marine collagen and Goto Kola!.

You would think moisturising is easy just grab loads and chuck it on… no I never use to do this !!. This is how I moisturise now I use no more than pea shape at a time , warm up it up my hands and gently massage circles around my cheeks the driest part of my face . Then I move onto rest of your face. This is how my routine works I take my time I enjoy it and use it as relaxation time as well.

4)Marula Oil Face Body Serum. I will be honest before using El Naturals I had never tried anything like this before. I will now be using it forever. I’m going to tell you it makes me feel or try too it lifts your glow and skin to the next level. It’s feel luxurious and you smell like you have been to an extravagant Spa on holiday but really your in your bathroom on a Monday morning.On top of that it works brilliantly at helping my scars heal and be less pronounced .

How does it do this, well you have Marula and Apricot oils to help your skin to look fresh and ready for the day. But how does it repair your skin?, it has essential primrose and prickly pear oils included in it.

As I was new to this I got the experts to help how best to use the oil. Apply the Murula oil to your skin by using your finger again I like gentle circles I obviously lead a stressful life. One or two drops should be plenty.

Murula Oil Face & Body Serum

And that is my skincare routine with El Naturals. I hope you find it useful .

Before I finish I just a quick word from my wife Harriet- Hi I have suffered with severe excema and allergies all my life this is has made finding skincare products a real challenge. I often find products set my skin off which is difficult as the reaction will stay for hours or days. El naturals skincare range has been amazing for myself I can look after my skin every morning without worrying I will be in pain. Also I can pinch Tony’s too as it’s unisex.

Thanks Harriet and thank you El Naturals for some great products and getting my skincare routine sorted for me. I have put the website and Instagram page up so you can go and check them out and start your new skincare routine.

http://Instagram.com/elnaturals_uk

http://www.elnaturals.uk

Restaurant Review: The Hebridean

It was mid October and mid -week and the wife and myself had a rare night off from Thea. Off we set to Ashton Lane and off to the warmth of The Ubiquitous Chip . After a couple of pints of Furstenberg and standing beside the fire hunger kicked in …

I was pretty adamant that the only place I wanted to try was The Herbridean you see I have been to 111 by Nico and it was great. I had heard mixed reviews on line from The Herbridean and was determined to try it for myself.

Once arriving one can only describe the atmosphere as electric , you see it was MOD week (Scotland’s Premier Gaelic festival don’t you know ). This meant we had a delightful Gaelic Trad band keeping us entertained throughout .

So I’m going to break this review down let’s start with the food

Nibbles : Sourdough bread an goose fat butter and olives

The bread and butter was to die for and the Olives just salty enough for you to keep going back for more

Starters : Arbroath Smoky croquette and

Charlie Barley Black Pudding and Crispy pigs head terraine

I had the croquette fishy and smokey but not too much . The best part the crispy ness of the croquettes

The terraine well that packed a punch and it’s hearty . I honestly didn’t know what to expect

But it was lovely crispy but nice and soft with the black pudding.

Mains : Venison Wellington from the specials menu no picture of this it didn’t last long . So much can go wrong with this dish soggy over done to name a couple . But not this one pastry flaky and venison cooked to perfection and lovely and tender.

Haggis Nepps and tatties

Perfect after a heavy starter according to Harriet it is soft , creamy , peppery and just perfect with The Molinillo Malbec we decided to shsre

Service

We arrived about 8.30pm it was busy and noisy but not that you would notice that by the service. I was really impressed and I can be picky after working in the hospitality industry . I can’t fault it attentive but not over bearing , no rush , and generally very nice which can be rare now adays . One little thing we had a small table by the wall and myself being 6ft 1 I was slightly closer to the gentleman behind me than I would like but as I said very small issue and we hadn’t booked a table .

Value

We had 2 coffees and a bottle of wine on top of the food. I read a newspaper review which said about the price we paid just shy of £100 including tip £50 each but I wasn’t watching the pennies I could of ate and drank cheaper from the menu . I was stuffed at the end so in my eyes worth while . I feel as if you pay for an experience not just the food it’s the location , vibes, atmosphere and service your paying for now. No doubt I will be back soon when I can get a baby sitter

Staying at Home with a Toddler

At the turn of the year it was decided that I would be staying at home with Thea.

Why? Several reasons my work was quiet, my wife was getting lots of work and I have worked with toddlers for almost 10 years piece of cake . How wrong could I be ?.

I don’t need an alarm anymore my day starts when Thea wakes she doesn’t do late starts anytime between 5am and 6am she will wake me by screaming at me or shouting “Hey Duggee”.

So out of bed I stumble get some fruit and toast on with Thea and the kettle on for me .

A Day at Lords Cricket Ground

Lords the home of cricket.

Lords is owned by the worlds biggest cricket brand, the Marylebone Cricket Club Which also owns the copyright to laws of cricket crazy.

Why does a Scotsman care about Lords or cricket?.

Simple family my papa was a Yorkshireman and keen cricket fan . As I was growing up he would look after me which meant summers of test cricket on BBC. Over the years I watched it with him and had a beer of G&T with him . As time progressed I would have tell him what as happening as his eye sight deteriorated .

So I have a relationship with cricket and find childhood memories due to my papa.

This year I decided I was going to visit lords but first I had to get a ticket a fairly simple procedure.

I went onto the Lords website http://www.lords.org looked at the fixtures and found a ODI with India perfect not too long not too short 50 overs each. You don’t just buy tickets though you pick where you want to sit I went for the Grand Stand £100 a ticket pricey but your watching a sporting event at an iconic venue for 8-9 hrs.

Then you feel in your details and wait you see it’s balloted for tickets due to demand.

I was informed by email and told the news I was successful by email and tickets sent out sharpish.

On the day of the match I got the train to Euston and walked through Regent Park to the ground it was a lovely summers day and I got to stretch my legs before sitting down for 9 hrs .

Lords is by St John’s Wood and is a lovely area I would recommend going early and grabbing breakfast somewhere and chill. Even celeb spot my spot of the day Mr Damian Lewis ( way taller and muscular than in TV)

Then head to Tesco and stock up on supplies:

Sun cream

Water (you can refill once in the ground)

Beer (2pints each you can bring in or a bottle of wine)

Food (it’s a long day)

Your bag will be searched on entrance we entered through the North Gate busy but we got through very quickly all the event staff were quick,friendly and efficient throughout the day.

Then the walk to find your seat this was view I was impressed I could see everything very clearer and there are of course screens for reply’s or use sky go as well to watch on sky sports another tip.

The seat I had was nice and padded perfect for 8hrs and enough leg room I’m 6ft 2inc.

The next question facilities bar you had que’s but nothing major 5 minutes top about £5-6 a pint £9 a pint of Pimms and lemonade.( I know steep but is London and an event).

Food though I’m not paying £5 for a pork pie or scotch egg hence why you go to Tesco.

You can previous hampers or book into a restaurant but it’s pricey but looked fab.

Toilets busy but all fine and enough of them.

Family friendly as well.

So onto the cricket England started well and collapsed mid order no surprise there but Joe Root getting a very impressive century helped by battling Willey getting a half century give England a respectable 322 for India to chase.

India started very well their fans in good spirits trying to wind up the English but soon lost 3 quick wickets and became very quiet we only sing when are wining springs to mind the match levelled out for a while and could of swung either way but India never recovered or in few went for it.

This was confirmed by the introduction of the legend Dhoni when India were 140-4 he didn’t seem to be at the races. Hitting singles when his country needed 4’s and 6’s. As the match continued the atmosphere changed fans felt sort changed even booing him and slow clapping as he lost interest and stopped running.

India were eventually defeated by 86 runs all bowled out for 236 Plunket the pick of the bowlers taking 4 wickets

So the final 15 overs were non event but overall visiting Lords was a fantastic experience and would love to return next and at some point with Thea as she gets older .

Why the ground is spectacular as you look around it from the old the pavilion to the new the press centre thousands of people watching a cricket match as planes fly across you forget you are in the city of London. There is definitely something magical at Lords.

On top of that it is a well run machine from getting you in to the ground and to your seats to serving you a cold pint the service was ace and especially it was lovely to see the services there helping people to their seats and making them feel safe and welcome.