Art & Design

Discover your ‘Inner Island’ – stunning and stark jewellery from Ireland

Such lovely work here from Cork born jeweller Gemma O’Leary who, having honed her skills in Canada and Dublin as well as under the guidance of esteemed jeweller Mette O’Connor, has realised her dream and launched Inner Island. O’Leary combines simple shapes with precious metals to create timeless, understated pieces. The minimalist designs are

Interiors

Dumfries garden open just one day a year, this Sunday

This highly inventive garden is open to the public for only one day a year. Your small window to view the Garden of Cosmic Speculation near Dumfries is this Sunday, 3 May from noon until 5pm. The 30-acre area was designed by Charles Jencks and his late wife Maggie Keswick Jencks. Entry to the garden is £6 with all proceeds going to Maggie’s Centres.  The centres are based on principles of care developed by Maggie during her two year battle with cancer

Writing & Film

Thieves of Dunfermline CD – songs in the key of Fife

This very pretty original song, Ladylike Ways, was written for the play Thieves of Dunfermline which was performed over five nights in December 2014 in Abbot House, Dunfermline. Thieves told stories of Dunfermline’s long history and this was the play’s tribute to the women who worked as miners in Fife. The track, which features well known Fife musician Sandie Forbes on vocals and violin with Jonathan Cairney on guitar, was written by Jonathan Cairney and Jane Livingstone. A CD with

Food & Drink

Create crab linguine with the Fyfe Smokery

Crab is the featured shellfish this week in our second recipe by Elaine Hardie from the Fyfe Smokery, Dunfermline. When buying crab, you have the choice – live and whole, or cooked and prepared for you. British brown crab is affordable and delicious and this recipe shows exactly how easy it is to prepare this versatile shellfish. The meat is sweet and delicate, and lends itself to many different recipes. It is in plentiful supply around the coasts of Britain, and Cornwall

Events

Win tickets: Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Scotland’s largest consumer exhibition for self-builders and home renovators is back at the SECC, Glasgow on May 16 – 17 2015. Avocado Sweet has 3 pairs of tickets to be won. The show, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, will help visitors bring their project to life whether they are building from scratch, undertaking a major extension, converting or renovating their home or just keen to integrate the latest technology. Experts will be on hand

Shopping

Create crab linguine with the Fyfe Smokery

Crab is the featured shellfish this week in our second recipe by Elaine Hardie from the Fyfe Smokery, Dunfermline. When buying crab, you have the choice – live and whole, or cooked and prepared for you. British brown crab is affordable and delicious and this recipe shows exactly how easy it is to prepare this versatile shellfish. The meat is sweet and delicate, and lends itself to many different recipes. It is in plentiful supply around the coasts of Britain, and Cornwall