Published: August 30th 2007August 30th 2007
Lachlan enjoying the view from Blackford Hill to Salisbury Crags.
Here (Christine and Paul’s in Amersham) we sit in nervous trepidation… 3 days ‘til we leave for Egypt, and there is definitely an element within us that is wondering what the hell we’re doing! Ha ha ha. We’re looking forward to it… but the last few weeks of cushy, overfed living in Edinburgh has made us perhaps a little ‘too’ comfortable…?
These past weeks have had us enjoying the madness of the Edinburgh festival and fringe; officially the world’s largest arts festival, after having record tickets sales and performances this year. We saw a few dodgy shows such as ‘Orgasm the Musical’ (which sported the classic chorus of ‘Come baby come baby come baby baby come….’), and a live recital of the Phone Book (yes, that slab of paper with all the names, addresses and phone numbers in it), as well as a few more ‘creditable’ acts such as a walking theatre performance of MacBeth.
In between shows and the reclamation of Granddad’s overgrown garden, we also managed to fit in a very pleasant visit with Laura (‘the unknown sister of Lachlan’) and some of her children, in Duns, as well as a short trip down to Southerness (the
Oddy Family’s ‘Holiday Retreat’). We were also visited by Brigid’s parents who we treated to an insider’s view of Edinburgh; sampling such traditional delights as Vegetable Samosa, Take Away Kebab, Battered and Fried Cheeseburger (oozing with bad things), British Curry and some of the more exotic fares such as Scotch Eggs, and a full-on proper Haggis meal.
We took a few nice long walks out at Mauldslie (Lachlan’s Mum’s house; in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!), nearly killing Doug and Mary with the rough terrain. Lachlan also got to throw himself off a very steep hill like he used to do as a child… or… rather, when he was a smaller child than he is now…
For those of you who remember Carol-with-an-E, you’ll be happy to hear that her wedding went beautifully; she looked fantastic (as did her new husband Blaikie; in full dress Marine attire - FYI… in the UK the Marines are equivalent to the US Green Berets). Lachlan was charged with providing some musical accompaniment on a borrowed Clarsach, which he dutifully murdered. In classical fashion, and thanks to the gift of some very strong beer (it was YOUR fault Carole!) he promptly proceeded to
get *slightly* inebriated. Daveo... you would be proud… very proud. Sorry Carole…
We are missing out so much in these blogs. Our talks with Doug and Mary are testament to that; we never realised how many more funny tales of misadventure and misunderstanding we seem to be leaving off by mistake… we wish that you could all be over here to laugh at us in the flesh when these things happen (perhaps not all at once, but there are specific moments when we can easily envisage certain individuals being near and playing a hand…!).
Lee’s Baby is almost 1 year old. 1 year. Lee has been a dad for 1 year and is no doubt JUST as retarded as always!
Enjoy the pics from the last month…there's a bunch! I lost some of my parent's visit though--deleted too fast before saving! :(
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