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It's Monday, my warrior friends, which, in and of itself, can be a most depressing thought.  Let's face it: as soon as Monday begins we're already counting down the days until the weekend and if you don't do that you're either lying, retired or one of the fortunate few in this world who truly does love their job. If the latter is the case then I both salute and envy you!

Now I, the Ginger Warrior, am here to help you shake that Monday Morning Feeling, to bring a ray of ginger tinted sunshine to your life not only on a Monday but each week day!

Yes sireeee! I may not have anything particularly life changing or profound to say but one thing you can absolutely guarantee - that you will find me here every day waxing lyrical about one thing or another.  I have a lot to say.  My mum says it has always been like that.  My teachers used to say that too. The truth of the matter is that my mouth has been both a blessing and a curse throughout my life: I am able to speak to, connect with and make firm friends with people in an instant yet at the same time my yapper has gotten me into more trouble than I (and my poor, long suffering parents) care to think about. But my heart is always in the right place, you can count on that.

So the past few days have been very scottish.  I am Scottish and grew up in that blessed country but have been residing in England since 2003.  While I am very happy and content living South of the Border and now consider it my home I do relish the fleeting moments of scottishness that appear in my life from time to time.

It all started on Thursday as I helped one of my most bosomest of buddies celebrate her birthday.  Her name is Heather and she is from Scotland. She is not from the same coast as I but I shan't hold that against her; the Scottish blood surges thick and fast through our sturdy celtic veins and binds us together as kin.

Heather's first impression of yours truly never ceases to amuse me.  She is Craig's neighbour (Craig is my fella and henceforth shall be known on this blog as "Craigy Boy" or "CB" for short) and not long after CB and I had began courting I was leaving his house to go to work and was dressed rather elegantly in a black dress and heels.  Later that day Heather commented to one of the other neighbour's that she had seen "a red-head leave Craig's house and that she seemed quite the femme fatale".  Lol, lol and lol until the cows come home!  

Moi?  A femme fatale???  

"A mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations". 

HAH! I live to merit such an accolade!

In any case, Heather and I have continued to bond over the years and as such she deserved an extra special cake, a Ferrero Rocher Golden Tower, if you will. This is the cake and this was her reaction upon seeing it.  I truly do love Hezza my Bezza.


The day following Heather's birthday celebrations was none other than BURNS' DAY, ay, that's right, a day to commemorate the life of Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, poet, lyricist and womanising drunk.  

Och well, naebody's perfect!


My English Prince prepared a meal fit for a Scottish Princess; haggis, neeps and tatties. And..erm.. sweet chilli sauce, my own modern day twist which the truer-than-I-Scot may consider sacrilegious. But that stuff is soooo darn good and goes with just about anything! Anyone else a sweet chilli sauce addict??  Comments below please!

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Then, as if life could not get any more Scottish we attended a Burns' night supper on Saturday evening in a quaint little village called King's Sutton.  To my shame I did not adorn myself from head to toe in tartan for the simple reason I do not own anything tartan.  Double shame!!  But I did manage to line up some handsome tartan-clad men for your perusal and admiration.  As to whether or not they were  true scotsmen  I simply cannot comment.


It is now Sunday morning and it's at times like this that I'm glad I'm tee total otherwise I may have succumbed to the bottles of Aberfeldy Whisky doing the rounds last night. Diet coke and sprite for me. What can I say?  I'm a cheap date!  If you do, however, find yourself suffering from a blinding hangover did you know that we Scots invented the perfect hangover cure?? 

Anyhoo, as I sit writing this morning I find myself reflecting on the many different places and countries in which I have lived over the years: born and raised in Scotland, spent extended periods of time in Spain, France, Romania, South and Central America the USA and now England.  It leaves me wondering if and to what extent my at times nomadic existence has affected my sense of identity and belonging. Am I proud to be Scottish? Without a shadow of a doubt, but do let me say this: every place I have been, every country I have had the good fortune of exploring has possessed it's own unique charms, delights, surprises and quirks.  You can be from somewhere and you can hold that somewhere firmly in your heart and mind as you go out into the world - just be sure to let go enough that there is room in your heart to accept and embrace any new somewhere that may await you. 

Ginger Warrior, over and out.

P.S.  DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW TO LET ME KNOW YOU DROPPED BY! Is there anything you'd like me to post about in the future?  Are you a fellow chilli sauce addict?? Tell me, tell me! 

Join me tomorrow for TRAVELTASTIC TUESDAY as I take you on a whirlwind tour of the lush, tropical haven that is



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  1. There are some things that should never be put in a mouth……sweet chilli sauce is one of them! Yuk!!! Other things include……curry, chilli con carne, cream, shepherds pie, cottage pie, anything mince based, haggis (sorry), nuts, chicken (unless my Mum has cooked it), Chinese food, all takeaways (apart from pizza).

    Good things to put in mouth……chocolate, fish fingers, chocolate, cake, chocolate, cream eggs (there is a law that you have to have three in a serving), chocolate, vegetable lasagne, chocolate, pasta….and did I mention chocolate?

  2. Oooooo you whimp, ‘Mild Chilli Sauce’. I would have thought you’d have been a ‘hot’ girl ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Haven’t tried it with haggis myself but goes well with the old chow fan.

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Oh no Maxine, don’t like anything too spicy. Craig does though; he has the hot version. It’s like His ‘n’ Her chilli sauce. :)

  3. Great Monday morning reading :)

  4. Morning GW, after a tiring night of ups and downs and back up agains with a cheeky, cute, but cheeky wee monkey Jack, I thoroughly enjoyed your wee blog this morning. For those few minutes I forgot I was so tired and still had to get up and embrace the day! Another cold, windy and wet miserable day…but that’s our beloved Scotland!
    Look forward to Tuesdays tales of Costa Rica

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Tell that wee man to start behaving himself or else Auntie Ceri will be after him!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

  5. I love this Cer!! I get my dose of you every day, it’s almost like having you right here with me!! Almost. Keep up the awesome work! Can’t wait to read about Costa Rica tomorrow… Maybe it will make you miss it.. Maybe it will make you want to come back… Maybe??? Love ya tonz!

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Hello there my darling friend. I shall be writing my Costa Rica posts with you in mind, that’s for sure. Love you more. xxx

  6. Read this in the car this morning… Definitely cheered me up before my interview! Was sat in the car park chuckling to myself and looking pretty strange. But then what’s new there?! Looking forward to tomorrow’s post!

  7. Being one of your revered mother’s friends from way back school days and having a mother who was a redhead I think I can pass comment………….no Scottish female has anything tartan unless you move abroad! X

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Hi Catherine! “Revered” mother. Hee hee! Thanks for stopping by! I think I’ll go out this weekend and get me some tartan!! xx

  8. Mmmm. Chilli sauce is amazeballs! Great blog /clog GW!

  9. Great musings GW! Even better Ferrero Rocher cake!!

  10. Loving it GW!! And what wise words to part on. Oh and that haggis looks amazing! I didn’t have any on Saturday but had it for school dinners on Friday!! YUMMY!!x

  11. Brightened up a wet dreich Monday in Arbroath.

  12. Hope the recipe and maybe a video on how to create the cake is on the horizon

  13. I had my first taste of haggis this summer, good stuff!! Growing up our pet tortoise was named Haggis too. My Scottish blood may be thin due to family emigration over a century ago…but it is still in my veins! xo

  14. Everything tastes better with a sprinkle of sweet chilli sauce, hot pepper sauce or just chilli flakes. Brings out the flavour.

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