Fish and Chips, choppy ride to Farn Islands and then Crazy Golf!!!
Jasmine celebrated her 19th Birthday with us in Greenhill Lodge, a quiet day but lovely with all the family and a Cambridge/Homerton Brunch, a walk up the valley, then Lasagne cooked by the boys with Colin the Caterpillar cake.
Historic home to Sir Walter Scott, near Melrose
Walking and eating around Greenhill, and Kelso including ruins
Abortive Fishing day, too sunny for fishing, but lovely location
Greenhill Lodge is a large farmhouse spruced up into a shooting lodge/holiday home which we took over for the week with 16-7 of the extended Walter family. It nestles in a valley in the Chiltern Hills. within the Scottish Borders, and is almost completely silent except for the sounds of nature. It is surrounded on every side by hills many of which where climbed, a stream running through the valley and a small reservoir.
Today we spent wandering around a slightly overcast Edinburgh. Started out in an interesting looking greasy spoon, then down to Princes Street, and the gardens, before Rose street and George Street meeting up with first Nig and Lynn and then Anna and Tom. Spent a happy time at Italian Restaurant having fabulous King Prawns with Pancetta, Pizza and so on.
The main event was Rob and Anne’s 20yr Wedding Anniversary/Ian’s 80th Birthday, Ceilidh at The Cave in Edinburgh. This is a fabulous disused whisky store converted to eating/dancing venue. We had fantastic Hog Roast and dancing into the wee small hours. Rob talked off the cuff, Anne gave a fantastic potted history of Ian and family, and Ian gave a hysterical account of his early years on the theme of Courage, Faith and Happiness. The only birthday speech to include a Schimmelbusch Mask and birth details. Best bit, Anne’s face as she imagined what was coming next! Thank you for a fab evening.
Today we set out on a long journey North to Edinburgh, basically fine but draining. We were not alone, various siblings tracking us on “Find my Friends” with periodic encouragement.
Arrived at St Mary’s Street Travelodge with someuncertainty of what we would find, but in fact clean and tidy (and ended in a very good nights sleep!) Rob arrived shorty afterwards to greet us, again guided by technology. We then walked up and down the Royal Mile, and Jasmine was impressed to find a big bronze statue of David Hume. The Queen was in residence so police in evidence though we missed any traffic and disruption ourselves.
Supper was at www.stacpolly.com “The Scottish Restaurant” and lived up to it with Haggis BonBons, tender lamb, and Cranachan (sort of Scottish Eton Mess) and a dark Scottish beer.
Ten years on from our first sabbatical and finally we are off on our third Sabbatical. Firstly to Scotland, near Kelso then to Kota Kinabalu to stay with Ruey and Likuan and family and Ying’s parents. I suppose I ought to start packing…
We spent a very happy sabbatical around the world to America, Fiji, Malaysia, Korea and China in 2004. Visit the picture gallery Sabbatical 2004