Shop Local at The Storeroom

From wonky veg to fakeaways, lockdown has transformed the way we shop, cook and eat. And with supermarket delivery slots rarer than hen’s teeth, there’s a strange sense of nostalgia as many of us now mirror shopping patterns more like those of our grandparents – ordering from local butchers, greengrocers and delicatessens. What’s more, there…

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Wish You Were Here

What do you do when you visit the wonderfully varied coastline of East Lothian? You can visit castles, play golf, go paddling at the beach, pursue water sports, visit harbours or send postcards to friends with the message “Wish you were here”. To illustrate these activities, local graphic artist Thomas Small has created six large…

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It’s Spring!

Bernie Rowen-Ross tells us in some folk tales, there is a belief that Oester the fertility goddess is celebrated as a bringer of hope for good harvests and long summer days. In the Christian calendar, Easter is a celebration of Christ rising on the third day – to the believers this is a sign of…

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Are you a Disappointed Optimist?

If so, Bernadette Petrie hopes that learning about the Stockdale Paradox will give you the motivation to have faith, get real and feel glad on the other side. I’m under no illusion that we still have some way to go to regain global normality, yet I have faith that the future will be very bright…

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The Dietarian

With summer just around the corner, many of us will look to shed a pound or two, or simply aim to eat more healthily as the warmer days approach. Founders of The Dietarian, Lee and Claire Prentice, are on a mission to support the health of people across Scotland. They deliver nutritious, home cooked, calorie…

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Waxing Lyrical

Weekdays without a commute (for some) and weekends with little place to go can leave us feeling fidgety. So it’s no wonder thousands of us are going online or turning to Zoom to learn something new. Working from home often blurs the boundary between our personal and professional life. But it should also  inspire us…

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Lovely Lavender

Whether it’s a bag of dried buds in between your pillows, or a tiny bottle of essential oil, lavender is often a staple in every household. Famed in the world of aromatherapy for its near-instant calming effect and ability to send us drifting off to sleep, it also has an impressive roster of powers when…

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Good for the Sole

Regular readers will know I’ve always thought of massages as an indulgent luxury, ranking them somewhere between manicures and mud wraps on my ‘frivolous uses for perfectly good money’ scale. So it was with some hesitation that I went along for a reflexology treatment at Gullane-based Sunshine Sole. . Ringing the doorbell on the brightly-painted,…

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