Two Years On

Wow, how did that happen?  It is now two years since the regeneration works and my blog began and both have slowed right down now. I will still be posting when there is something to say and when the mood takes me. There are still lots of things to do here, will the house ever be done? Of course not.

From what I can make out from my limited knowledge and experience, blogging is playing second fiddle to both  Instagram and Pinterest both of which take up more of my time than I care to admit.  I’d love to have you following me on Instagram, just follow the link and make a friend request. For some reason I just cannot get the Pinterest link to work so look for me under bungalowblogger and let me know how you get on.

Here’s the obligatory photograph – I’ve cheated because it is from last year – the flowers are out again already.  I swear the tree was bare one day and full of yellow blooms the next. Even teenboy senior was impressed!

Witch hazel flower
Witch hazel flower

ps, looks like I have managed to get a Pinterest link sorted, click on the little folder symbol at the top left of the page.

update – no I have not sorted the link, tried and tried but to no success. Boo


Libraries Gave Us Power

You’ll get the link in a minute, it was my husband’s idea to include this song, I’m always up for a sing-a-long with the Manics.  Motorcycle Emptiness is the best for singing along to though, you feel that you can get it right, but it is actually impossible.  I digress.

Today I’m singing the praises of the libraries here in Edinburgh .  We are regular visitors and one of my favourite things to do if I’m needing inspiration is to open my Edinburgh Libraries account and make a huge list of books to reserve.  And, as if by magic, they are usually at my local library within a week , pretty efficient if you ask me.  The staff are super helpful too, my only gripe is that they’ve changed the opening hours so it’s harder to nip along in the evenings

The range of kids’ books is amazing for every age and stage not to mention free dvd hire for children and a nominal fee for the others.  Teenboy was introduced to Bill Forsyth’s film Gregory’s Girl last week when I spotted it in the racks, I’m not sure what he thought of it but I absolutely loved seeing it again, it is a classic. If you’ve never seen it then watch it, it’s hilarious. Let me know what you think is the best bit. As some of you know, I can recite copious lines from it if I’m in the mood. (skip to 24 seconds)



Next on my list for teenboy is Local Hero, another Bill Forsyth film



Here’s my most recent pile of reserved books, there are usually a couple of duff books but, hey, that’s ok because it’s free!

free books!
free books

That’s my public information work done for the day.

Wishing you all a great weekend, what’s your all time favourite film?  Recommendations welcome in the comments section. x

ps wouldn’t mind a bit of snow now

National Museum of Scotland

Looking for leaves
Well hello there

Edinburgh has lots going on around Hogmanay and we decided to join in and headed up to the National Museum of Scotland for this mystery tour of the city yesterday. Until we saw this queue. If you know the museum then you’ll get how long it was.  It started in the main section then looped in and round into the animals then all the way back thorough the main, through past Connect into the new building.  Immense.

Epic queue in stunning surroundings
Epic queue in stunning surroundings

We ended up having a good look round the museum instead, it really is a must see if you come up to Edinburgh, with or without children. Hours can melt away while  you wonder up and down the stairs, investigate the hard to navigate ‘new’ building and virtually drive a formula 1 car.  The animals have always been my favourite, they were away while the place was renovated but now they’re back and literally fill the gallery.

can you see the giant squid on the left at the front, it's massive
can you see the pink giant squid on the left at the front, it’s massive
the leatherback turtle is fawesome, once saw one laying eggs on the beach in Malaysia.
the leatherback turtle is awesome, I once saw one laying eggs on the beach in Malaysia, it looks cumbersome on land but it is so graceful in the ocean
can you guess what this is?
can you guess what this is?
teenboys' favourite, as long as he doesn't have to wait too long.
teenboys’ favourite, as long as he doesn’t have to wait too long.

I have a favour to ask now, did anyone record Chewing the Fat on Hogmanay?  My Dad was in it and my husband and my sister were delighted to see him putting in an appearance – I was in bed and missed it and we don’t know which episode it was to look up on youtube.  thanks, x