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Published: October 1st 2013
Usually returning from a long trip means a return to normality, unless you live a rather less than conventional life that is! Luckily for us we left conventional behind us a good few years ago. Jet lag more or less behind us we headed up to Scotland to visit Trish's sister, our visit coinciding with her parents which meant a few days in a hotel. Booking in advance we got a good deal at the Travelodge Broxden Junction
and our timing meant we had a chance to call into Hexham on the way up to see Russ's cousin plus a couple of friends we knew from when we worked in Pamplona.
When we got to Perth the weather was glorious. Trish had dog walking responsibilities one day so we went up to the top of a nearby hill. Pele behaved himself impeccably. The views over the River Tay towards Dundee were magnificent. It seemed strange in mid September to see such autumnal colours in the trees but they made for a beautiful sight.
The whole family took a trip down to St Andrews one day. We were there for afternoon tea
in the Old Course hotel at the famous golf course. Everyone except
Russ went for the "safe" options for their cuppa but his chai
was refreshing and rather Christmassy. The sandwiches and cakes were exquisite and well worth the money for an afternoon's decadence overlooking the 17th fairway. Sadly there were no famous players out and about although we think someone of note might have been driving the car that almost ran us over on our way in!
Feeling rather stuffed we went for a wander around the lovely town. It has quite an olde worlde
feel to it in places and there are some quirky little shops to browse. We also had a nose around some of the university buildings but we unable to find any Will and Kate woz 'ere
graffiti. Surely our future King left his mark somewhere! From the town we went down to the beach where the tide was out giving us some splendid vistas. We also had a bit of a walk around the golf course which was busy setting up for the Alfred Dunhill Masters.
On another day we went out to Inver Mill to try to see some leaping salmon. Our luck was in and we saw a few of them attempt
to make the massive jump up the waterfall to spawn in the upstream ponds. How they manage this is a mystery as we never saw one successfully make it to the top. Nearby we explored the village of Dunkeld, popping briefly into its cathedral and admiring the fly fishermen in their boat on the Tay.
On the final evening we all went out for a wonderful meal in a French restaurant, Tabou
, in the city centre. It was a great way to sign off this small trip and who knows when the Joneses (Trish's family) will all be together again. Hopefully it won't be too long.
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