View the Supermoon tonight

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Wow! Did you know that tonight, 23rd of June 2013, the full Moon will be at its closest point to Earth of the entire year? It’s known as a perigee syzygy Moon and will appear about 12% larger in diameter than usual.

It’s happening just two days after the Summer Solstice so it’s also a ‘solstitial Moon’ and visually it’ll make this the lowest-down full Moon of 2013.

Since lower Moons tend to be orangey yellow or amber in colour, this should give us a true ‘honey moon’ all night long.

You can view it anywhere but we’re planning to view it from Largs Bay with a traditional glass of Moniack Mead in hand, otherwise known as: ‘Honeymoon Mead!’

Calling all Land Rover enthusiasts!

WOW!  Stewart’s have surpassed themselves with their new range of luxury shortbread tins this year. These beautifully-embossed tins feature iconic images and are filled with delicious Scottish shortbread. They’re a fantastic gift for Father’s Day or perhaps an uncle, brother or difficult-to-buy-for birthday gift for your Dad. Their nostalgic charm makes them an ideal gift for enthusiasts and collectors too and it’s the best range of gift tins we’ve come across for men – at last!!!

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This is one of their new edition releases this year to complement last year’s smaller tin featuring the Land Rover Defender.

Land Rover Defender

It’s too late now to order from us online for Father’s Day this year but still plenty of time to pop into the shop and browse the selection we have if you’re still looking for ideas before Sunday.

Oh, and before I forget, if you’re a REAL Landy enthusiast and you’re on Facebook why not LIKE The Gas Station Café in Cumnock and/or drop by on Sunday, 22nd of June 2013 and see the real thing for yourself.  All Land Rover owners and enthusiasts are welcome to come along and join in the planned road run around some of the local sites.

See you there!

My favourite time of the day

It’s that time in the day when you can literally take a few moments to stop and smell the roses and be thankful for the simple things in life.

For me it’s when I’ve had a really productive day and managed to tick off most of the things on my “to do” list – today was one of those days; I’ve taken the time to prepare a home-cooked meal, sit at my dining table which looks out over Largs Bay and quietly, peacefully watch the sunset.

Largs is blissful on an evening like this. It’s a wonderful place to live and work any time but especially so when the day’s work is done (well, almost) and people have stopped rushing around. There are just a few people out and about heading towards the prom, walking their dogs and not much traffic passing through and the bay looks absolutely serene and calm.

It’s a simple pleasure but oh, how thankful I am right now to be able to enjoy it. 🙂

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Young at heart in Largs!

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My brother Maxwell met this lovely little lady in Largs today enjoying the sunshine during her visit to the seaside with her “shades” on.  It just goes to show how this fabulous weather brings out the best in everyone and creates smiles all round – especially if you have an ice cream in your hand!

Give us a visit if you’re in town and “show us your shades!”  OR visit us online

How do you make ice cream?

It all starts with great ingredients…Sugar, Milk, Double Cream – and lots of it!!!

First we put all the ingredients into our pasteuriser and blend them all together for a couple of hours, leave it overnight and then we have our basic mix to start the day.

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Toni in the ice cream invention lab making today’s flavour

As you can see we add some extra ingredients, all natural and fruit-based and these are mixed into our base mix and poured into our blast freezer.

The end result is 5 litres of absolutely fresh ice cream which is manually fed into a stainless steel napoli container and hand-mixed with all sorts of goodies such as Oreo Cookies,  Clottted Cream Fudge, Scottish Tablet, Chocolate Chip or Bubblegum Millions.  This is Geraldo’s award-winning artisan ice cream at its very best.

Taste and try, give us your verdict on: www.facebook.com/sugarandspicelargs