Coffee and the Pentlands

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Coffee and Brioche in the Easter spring sun. Mid way stop.

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If you can keep up with a 10 year old on his big brothers bike, coffee is served from a flask out in the open with Brioche from the Konditor in Bruntsfield no less.  

We made a slight detour to pick these bad boys up. An amazing sweet bread that never fails to cheer me up.

This cycle has been calling out to me for a while. A nice 11 mile circular, traffic free, with a bit of off-road, water and hills. A few miles outside of Edinburgh the Pentlands have the ability to make you feel like your in real outdoor territory from the moment you leave the car park.

This route marks the passage of time, and a measure of current fitness. I’ve done it a few times over the years. Once with a trailer on the back of the bike….the two munchkins side by side (4 and 2), an uphill struggle when the four year calls out that he’s tired sat there like a lord!

With just the two of us we got a good pace going. The 2 year old now 10, setting the speed just ahead of my fitness capability! This was good though and exactly why I was here. Today there is no arguing, no sibling rivalry, just a dad and his son cycling together. Happy days.
Thanks for joining me for coffee, thanks to Nerd in the Brain who hosts the Weekend Coffee Share.

Worlds Best Pop Up Cafe

Mothers Day in the UK and this year we were very disorganised at booking somewhere for lunch.  I tried a couple of places the night before and they were fully booked.  Fortunately we woke to blue skies and decided to head out.

The place…..our very own pop up cafe.  Our own freshly brewed coffee (albeit in a flask) and some home baking from the day before…..which had matured nicely.

As I poured the coffee with the sun in my face, I started to think why don’t we do this more often!

The flapjack beauty’s are from a Dan Lepard recipe I found in the guardian, and I see have been featured at the littleloaf wordpress blog.  They are perfect for camping and walking trips a like. Fudgy and chunky at the same time.  These aren’t for the faint hearted!

So the view from our pop up cafe….Edinburgh Castle, sat there in it’s majesty.  The forth rail bridge in the background.  Definitely worth getting the boys up  Salisbury Crag and packing that flask.

Where are you going to create your pop up cafe?