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We had a lazy morning, and got a lift into Galashiels after lunch to try our luck again with the Christmas shopping. David knew it was a long shot hoping to find something there. Shops are thin on the ground, a huge amount of locals work in Edinburgh and have access to shops there while those working locally have very little money. There are a couple of supermarkets selling 'everything' and a few 'poundsaver' shops so we were kind of stuck again.
We had planned to go ...
... at a predetermined percentage of each. Whilst this sounds extremely complex, a three 3 layer sieve is used to shake through a sample from the grinding machine and each layer weighed individually - simple stuff!
The ground, malted grain is then mixed with hot water in the mash tun for the 'Mashing' stage. The water takes on the natural sugars from the grain and is run off in liquid form in what's called wort.
The wort is cooled and put into ...
... The plane had then lost its takeoff slot and by the time we took off, we were over an hour late.
There was a bit of tail wind so the pilot managed to cut down on the lateness of our arrival. It didn't knock that much of the flight time so we still had plenty of time to sit back and enjoy a couple of glasses of wine. As we flew over the border into Scotland, we could see snow on the hills.
David's parents were waiting for us at the airport, ...
... it was easiest to get a takeaway from the 'Chippie'. David decided to surprise Maria with some traditional choices and came back with Fish Suppers, Deep Fried Pizza and a battered haggis. Maria was struggling to understand why everything has to be battered & deep fried in Scotland because the food actually tastes good without it. David wasn't helping explain though, just commenting 'it just tastes better' and 'we are brought up with it' between mouthfuls...
This morning we headed into the royal mile, which is a street that runs from Edinburgh castle to Holyrood palace. We wandered in and out of the many Scottish tourist shops until we got to the bottom where we looked at the ugly Scottish parliament building. It looks hideous in my opinion. We walked past it last time in Edinburgh and this time I think it is better/worse as it has a purple wall ...
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