Holiday at home: a visit to the Science Centre.

1) We started our day with a favourite breakfast – boiled eggs, with toast soldiers to dip 🙂 .

2) We spent most of today at the Sensations Science Centre, in Dundee.  It’s an excellent science centre – lots of hands-on activities, and demonstrations, pitched at varying levels so plenty there for adults and kids, all in one big open-plan room, so we could all wander around to our heart’s content, without feeling too worried about losing each other.

2b) K and I played each other at “Mind Ball” – we both wore a head band with electrodes strapped to it.  The person who was the most relaxed pushed the ball towards the other opponent’s end.  K won – hmmm.

3) After the kids were asleep, K and I got out one of our Christmas presents from last year – the ingredients for making our own Fudge Kitchen fudge.  After some discussion, we made chocolate fudge with pistachios…  I love the green flecks against the dark brown chocolate. I’m looking forward to eating some!

One week in October.

In no particular order, here are some beautiful things from last week (beginning 8 Oct):

1) It was my beautiful little girl’s seventh birthday on Wednesday. We had friends round for birthday tea – after which we lit a Chinese lantern and watched it drift away across to the Ochils – the kids loved it.

2) In the evening of M’s birthday, K surprised me with a mini bottle of champagne 🙂 (after all, I was the one doing most of the work all those years ago!).

3) On Tuesday I ran away from all the madness surrounding me at home, and spent a lovely few hours in Edinburgh with a friend. It was a glorious autumn day, the views were wonderful, we had a lovely walk through the Meadows, and enjoyed coffee and cake in the National Museum brasserie.  A welcome escape from reality.

4) Before I went home, K popped out during his lunch hour, and we sat outside (yes, it really was warm enough) at Victor Hugo’s cafe on the Meadows, and ate lunch together. Uninterrupted by children.

5)To finally complete the skirt I shelved at the start of the summer – I really enjoyed wearing it for the first time.

6) I sewed three skirts for three special little girls.  And I still have Megan’s to complete.

7) Friday was hard. But in the midst of all the heartache and pain, a butterfly flitted about, and a rainbow appeared. During the church service before the committal at the crematorium, the Linlithgow Rugby Club Male Voice Choir gave the most beautiful and moving renditions of The Rose that I have ever heard.

A museum, a walk and a welcome

It’s been the February school holiday this weekend and we’ve had a lovely time:

1) a trip to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on Friday, followed by some time spent sitting at the end of the runway watching the planes fly over and land!

2) a sunny canal-side stroll on Saturday.

3) a warm welcome when we visited a new church on Sunday.