1 March 2015

Phew, February is over and we are into the lighter mornings and more spring flowers popping up.

Here are some photos to get you up to date on what’s been happening in the not yet fully regenerated bungalow.

the front teeth came out after weeks of wobbling
the front teeth came out after weeks of wobbling
the first teeny tiny daffodils in Mum's garden
the first teeny tiny daffodils in Mum’s garden
Teenboy snr has picked up the guitar again.  He's been through hisi favourite Pulp songs and, just yesterday, he moved onto trying out some Belle & Sebastian
Teenboy snr has picked up the guitar again. He’s been through hisi favourite Pulp songs and, just yesterday, he moved onto trying out some Belle & Sebastian
French Elle Decoration for some continental house inspiration
French Elle Decoration for some continental house inspiration
sitting here just now two blue tits were feeding at the window
sitting here just now two blue tits were feeding at the window – I’m afraid I was not fast enough to catch them in action

This morning Teenboy jnr is away for an audition to be in a Fringe production in August, that will remind some of you of his ‘Bapa’.   I think he was a little nervous, I’m sure he’ll be fine once he gets started.

It’s a beautiful day – here’s to a magnificent March. Happy St David’s Day to you all x.

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Tantallon Castle

We popped down to North Berwick today and had a wee coffee at The Den which boasts a midcentury modern furniture shop,  Annie Sloan paints, a workshop along with a lovely little cafe.  There is a definite Scandi feel to the place food wise the website is here (but I think they are more active on twitter and Facebook).

Tantallon Castle was our next stop on our East Lothian trail. Read all about it here. Beware, photo overload below….

through the ruins
through the ruins
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Some of us made it to the top
Lennie's not so taken with the view.
Lennie’s not so taken with the view.
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Bass rock from Tantallon Castle
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I know this might be getting boring now but the clouds were amazing today.

Our last stop was a delightful little nursery and tea shop in East Linton called Smeaton Nursery Gardens.  We couldn’t resist some potted bulbs and a stick on the window bird feeder which I will show you once it is installed.  There are loads of little blue tits in the garden at the moment, I’m hoping they will come and use it so we can get a good look at them.
Have you got gamers in your family?  Try to get to see the Games Masters exhibition on at Royal Museum of Scotland.  It’s got loads of those old arcade games that some of you will remember from the Lothian Road days here in Edinburgh.  Can you remember the name of that place?  Let me know if you do…

Anyway have a great weekend, February has gone in a flash so far hasn’t it?

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