It was cool to visit Velocity up in the Highlands in Inverness. It has a great community spirit that has a bike workshop as well as serving great food (I think veggie) and coffee.
Velocity Cafe & Bicycle Workshop
1 Crown Avenue
Bakery 47 are a bakery based in the south side of Glasgow on Victoria Road run by husband and wife team Sam and Anna. A few weeks ago I had breakfast there and it was a simple grilled cheese sandwich with a cup of mint tea. The grilled cheese was really well presented on a simple metal tray with a few slices of watermelon and weirdly a chunk of iceberg lettuce in the side. I think it was the simple choice of select ingredients that work together that somehow is important to Bakery 47. The choice of a great Dunlop cheese worked really well with the sour dough loaf and a simple bite of the lettuce was almost like biting into a green apple (it kinda works) then balanced with the watermelon for a hit of freshness.
If you look around you can see similar approach to the interior. From the light shades to the table decorations you can see objects unafraid to show the qualities they are made of. Wether its a lamp shade made from folded paper, to the stones threaded over light fittings or the wooden blocks on the tables there is an elemental sense. I get the feeling this approach runs through their baking with a love of good ingredients and letting them shine through a careful considered simplicity.
They also ask artists to make stencils for their bread, I was asked if I wanted to join in. The way the loaves are displayed remind me of film so I thought you could make a simple animation with the stencils. So, thanks Sam for putting up with me supplying 9 stencils to create a simple animated loop of a hare running!
76 Victoria Road
Last week I headed over to Pittenweem to do some drawing before the art Festival which is running this week.
Like so much of this summer the weather would suddenly change from bright sun to rain in a blink. I took a bit of time to shelter from the rain in a nice wee café called Cuppa on the high street for some hearty stovies.
I came across this cake called “Sair heids” which come from this area. Apparently they’re called this because they have a paper wrap around them that looks like a bandage around your head. They’re small sponge cakes with an icing top.
The Pittenweem Arts Festival starts this weekend, August 1-9th.
The bright and open space of 3 Sisters Bake.
3 Sisters Bake
Faith Avenue, Quarrier’s Village,
I visited Geilston House last week and drew some of their collection of succulents in the greenhouse.
This weekend I took a trip to Edinburgh and make the most of a sunny day. The main train line to Edinburgh was being worked on so everyone had to take the longer low level route. The delay was okay for some time to draw in Queen St station then enough time on the long journey. I don’t know why but I’ve labelled the drawing wrong, should read Queen Street Station, Glasgow!
Part of my reason for heading to Edinburgh was to check out some coffee shops for some more drawings. I made sure to visit Bearded Barista, Filament and Cobolt Coffee. Afterwards headed through the meadows and visited the National Museum of Scotland.
It’s always worth visiting the rooftop to get an incredible panorama of Edinburgh’s skyline. I’ve been meaning to try and draw the view there for awhile now and this time it was the perfect conditions to sit there for some time happily drawing the view.