Month: December 2010

Happy Christmas from the Sunday Brunch Club

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Have a wonderful Christmas!

Billy the Sheep at Christmas
Happy Christmas from Billy the Sheep and the Sunday Brunch Club

See you at Hogmanay!

There are just a few tickets left for our
Grand Hogmanay Ball

* Live music
* Haggis, neeps and tatties
* Piper
* Fantastic party atmosphere
* Fabulous 5 star venue

Sunday Brunch Club Grand Hogmanay Ball 2009
Sunday Brunch Club Grand Hogmanay Ball 2009

See more pictures from last year below

Christmas Dinner at Prestonfield House Hotel

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On Friday we went along to Prestonfield House Hotel for the Sunday Brunch Club Christmas Dinner.

Prestonfield has a reputation for luxury, opulence, decadence and indulgence. I’ve twice before, some years ago, and on both occasions food and service were exceptionally good. The Hotel looks simple from the outside but inside is grand, sumptuous and elegant.

Prestonfield House hotel logo

At Christmas it looks particularly wonderful. We entered along the main hall past 2 huge Christmas trees sparkling with twinkly red lights and made our way to our private dining room. There we were greeted by Robin who looked after us all evening. Robin was super, service was efficient, friendly and flirty. OK maybe the last was wishful-thinking!

The 3 course Christmas menu was stunning . There were 4 choices for each course and the it was priced at £39.50 including tea or coffee with petit fours.

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The American – An evening with George Clooney

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Yesterday we went to see The American with George Clooney. From the first shots in the opening scenes when I almost jumped off my chair, I was kept in a state of high alert waiting for George to be shot. It was tense, mean, moody and I liked it. I thought George pulled it off, even though many critics disagree.

The American

Over our post-film coffee/red wine clothing featured rather heavily on the agenda.

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Christmas Dinner at Whighams

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On Monday the Sunday Brunch Club Badminton Club went to Whighams for Christmas Dinner. We wanted somewhere relaxed and informal so Whighams seemed the perfect choice.

I so enjoy Whighams for drinks and it is walking distance from home, so over the years it’s become something of a regular haunt and meeting place.

The menu offered so much promise. Scallops, a favourite of mine, featured as a starter. The main courses offered were turkey with all the trimmings, pumpkin and champagne risotto, balsamic lamb casserole and panfried seabass fillet. So many delicious choices! By the time I read the sweets which included a chestnut cheesecake and a passionfruit Crème brûlée my mouth was watering. The menu was £25 for 3 courses or £30 including a glass of prosecco.

We started off over a few glasses of bubbly perusing the menu. For me there was only one starter: warm scallops served with frizzled chillies and spring onion. When the plates arrived my enthusiasm evaporated. To say I was disappointed is to rather understate the case. This is what we were presented with.

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St Abbs Head Secret Walk

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Pepe at St Abbs Secret Walk
Pepe enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery during the St Abbs Secret Walk

 On Sunday the Sunday Brunch Club Walking Group went on a beautiful coastal walk at St Abbs Head. Thanks so much to Ian M who led the walk.

This walk was described thus “You probably won’t have been this way before as this walk is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets, but it offers truly stunning coast and landscape: high cliffs, smuggler’s coves, flocks of sea birds and magnificent views of the North Sea come included on this moderate four to five hour walk”.

It lived up to expectation and was well worth the 9am start it required. Here are the pictures of Pepe le Chien and the rest of us enjoying the fantastic views… 

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Pepe le Chien’s Big Day Out

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Pepe is ahead in the Z Factor poll so yesterday we took him to the Giraffe Hunt. If you’ve missed this you can catch up with the whole Z Factor thing here.

Pepe’s past
Let me tell you a bit about Pepe. I first met him in Prague when I holidayed there in 2006. I liked him so much that I decided to bring him home with me. You may wonder then why he has a French name. Well he’s originally from France. He’s a well-travelled dog.

Pepe le Chien
Pepe le Chien, relaxing at home

The Dog-napping!
After 4 years in the steamy obscurity of our bathroom, he’s now found fame and adulation. Such is Pepe’s following that on his outing yesterday he was dog-knapped. At 5.39pm  yesterday I received this most disturbing of text messages: £3m cash or Pepe snuffs it. It was accompanied by this picture. The flame perilously close to Pepe’s wooden footwear caused me to fear for his safety…

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On the Giraffe Trail in Stockbridge

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We first heard about the Giraffe Trail through Edinburgh Spotlight and could not wait to do it!  The Giraffe Trail was the brainchild of Kiss the Fish Studios in Stockbridge and has been super popular.

After our udderly fabmoolous Cow Hunt in 2006, we were well overdue another hunting expedition so the Giraffe Hunt was born.

We should have been warned though. These long-legged lovlies are beguiling. Call them what you will, ladykillers, maneaters. Before you know it, you’re enchanted. And as you can see from these pictures there was a whole lot of kissing going on!

Sunday Brunch Club Giraffe Hunt - 11 December 2010
Getting cosy


Look out also for the super prizes! The African musical instruments (you’ll have to imagine the audio) and the gorgeous cacti candles. Bet you wish you’d been there.

Here are the pictures…

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Have you heard the moos? The Cows are in Town!

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This post is a blast from the past. All the excitement about the Giraffe Hunt today brought back memories of the Cow Hunt back in 2006. Do you remember the decorated life-sized fibre-glass cows? Silly question, who could forget!

Sunday Brunch Club Cow Hunt 2006
Cow fighting. No cows were harmed during this event

The Cow Hunters were a little mad and udderly fabmoolous! They went all out to capture all the cows. The cows were all over the city centre with a few outliers in Prestonpans, Edinburgh Airport and the zoo. Armed with cameras and bus fare the Cow Hunters competed to capture cows and hug policeman for bonus points. 

What an amazing day. People who missed it in 2006 have been asking for picture. So just for you here are a few…

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Edinburgh’s Christmas – Introducing Billy the Sheep

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More than 20 Brunchers came along for our visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas fabulousness in Princes Street Gardens. While there we met Billy the Sheep. Read on to vote in The Z Factor.

Big Wheel Edinburgh
The Big Wheel in Edinburgh

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