Weekend Away

This last weekend was spent on a mini-break away with Fraser’s family to celebrate his dad’s birthday. We could only go for the weekend as Fraser had to work Friday and Monday but it was a really nice trip, we had so much fun and the weather was glorious.

We set off for the train station in Edinburgh on an impossibly sunny day, with completely clear, blue skies, it was warm and lovely.

It was a really pleasant train journey up and it only took us an hour to get there. We would be staying in a place near St. Andrews, which was especially interesting for me because I had never been there before.

After some catching up, the weather was still being particularly accommodating, so on the second day we decided to go for a walk.

We were surrounded by beautiful countryside, and it was nice just to chat and enjoy each other’s company.

The most impressive part of the walk was probably the seemingly endless fields of gloriously yellow rapeseed. It provided some great views, and it might sound silly but we just couldn’t get over how yellow it was!

After a while it was time to head back for a fantastic birthday lunch.

Our trip was short but sweet and before we knew it we were back in Edinburgh.


A (not so nice) surprise

Wow, so, it’s been a busy few weeks, I’ve been working away on finishing my book (more on that another time). There has been so much happening that I haven’t had any time to do some blog updates. Not to worry though, I had anticipated a particularly nice weekend, Fraser and I had all sorts of plans, I’d have time to catch up on some things I had pushed aside during the week, but all in all it would be a relaxing weekend.

Well, you know those days when you wake up on a Saturday, think about all the pleasant things you have planned for the day, think about how you’ll take it easy in the morning, just have a cup tea, read the newspaper online…. and then it starts raining in your flat? No? Never happened to you? Well, it had never happened to me until Saturday. But sure enough, when I went into our bedroom after breakfast, the sky was happily raining, through the ceiling into our bedroom.

Yes, this was what ruined all our plans on Saturday:

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We had to wait in to try and get someone to come round and have a look at it, but of course at a weekend everyone is unavailable…it all just dragged on.

So, we didn’t get to do any of what we had planned to do, but we generally know how to make the best out of an annoying situation. Considering how rainy it was outside we consoled ourselves with some hastily prepared but very nice lunch,


lots of biscuits and coffee,


Fraser’s mac and cheese for dinner,


and just generally enjoying our time together. Now that Fraser is working we very rarely get the chance for a lazy day, lying on the couch watching TV. So our cloud did have a silver lining (and lots of rain).

By Sunday it had stopped raining in our room but the weather hadn’t really improved. Not that that mattered, we decided to go to the cinema and out for lunch and to then enjoy the final day of the premier league season from the comfort of our warm home.


It was a fun walk through misty Edinburgh (less fun when you remember that it’s May, but interesting to say the least).

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We really enjoyed the film (the new Star Trek film, in case you were wondering). There is something a little bit special about going to the cinema in the morning.

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Then we went for a short walk (through still misty Edinburgh) to one of our favourite places for lunch.

^^^^Hmmm what should I have?


A lovely lunch, great afternoon of football, and ultimately a good end to a slightly turbulent weekend.

Update: It has not rained in our flat since Saturday and today someone finally came to have a look at it, so hopefully there will be no more weather related surprises in the flat for a while.


Saturday was fun. We have been enjoying the fact that spring has decided to stay for a little while in Edinburgh. Even though it wasn’t quite as sunny as had been forecast (or as sunny as it would be in the days after) it felt good to get out and about. Starting with a nice leisurely lunch on the way into town.

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Followed by a walk down to Princes Street. Which included this kind act of humanity:


Then a stroll through Princes Street Gardens.

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Before deciding to head to the Scottish National Gallery to look at some exhibitions.

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Afterwards it was time for a refuel, so we headed to a café we had never tried before. It was really nice, I had a lovely brownie and great coffee.

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It was getting late, so time to head home, but it was very enjoyable way to spend a Saturday.