Sunday, 21 October 2012

All Quiet On The East Fife Front

You may have noticed a paucity of blogs this week but there's little point in blogging when nothing much is happening. We've had a good, family week. Despite the impression that you may get from the photos below, it's been pretty miserable on the weather front so we we filled our spare days with simple pleasures like reading, listening to the radio and watching TV. We did manage a couple of days out too.

On a Wednesday of incessant rain we needed to do something indoors so we had a trip out to the Perth & Kinross Antique And Arts Centre. It's a huge showroom with maybe a hundred individual cases of antiques and collectables. There was nothing spectacular but it's the sort of place where you might well pick up a bargain. We were a bit concerned to see these G Plan tables classed as "antiques". We had a single table in this range when we got married! The tiles are a bit dated but the tables are in perfect condition and beautifully made- someone will get a bargain at £80.

Thursday saw us taking Sarah and Rose to Edinburgh for the day. It's one of the nicest rail journeys that you could take. The train runs along long stretches of the Fife coast and the Forth bridge crossing is always a highlight.

I did a bit of sightseeing looking after Rose while Marion and Sarah did some shopping. We had a look at the magnificent Sir Walter Scott Monument.

Rose was not impressed.

Now that's more like it.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of looking after Rose for a whole day. We picked her up at around nine, took her shopping and then took her back to the caravan to play and have lunch. The sun came out later in the day and we managed to take her to the beach before taking her back to her mum and dad. We had a wonderful time and we think that she did too.

We can't wait to do the same with our other granddaughter Catherine or even maybe both of them one day.

After the lull of this week we've busy days ahead. A five a.m. start and drive down to Framlingham is planned for Wednesday. We're staying over on Thursday before heading down to Rochester for a couple of nights with Paul and Josephine. This may be our last Framlingham visit before we move our furniture in. We've got a lot to do. We're meeting a bedroom fitter to plan the dressing room, checking progress with the woodburner, timber windows, bathroom tiling and aluminium bi-folding doors, seeing a man about fitting a home cinema sound system and burglar alarm and seeing another man about the landscape design. And that's not the main purpose of the visit - the kitchen fitters are fitting a mock up of the kitchen for us to run through too. On top of that there will no doubt be half a dozen queries from the builder. If all goes well we won't need to go back until December so a peaceful November beckons - apart from a trip to a birthday party in Southport that we're going to turn into a week's break.