Remembering the War Poets

While my mum was here we decided to go and visit the building that used to be the Craiglockhart war hospital. A little context: we have both read the Regeneration trilogy books by Pat Barker. They are three astonishingly well written books, which are incredibly profound and moving. The first one is set in Edinburgh and is based on the true events in the life of Dr W.H.R Rivers and some of the patients he treated at Craiglockhart hospital during the First World War. These patients included some of the famous war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. I have long been an admirer of these poets and when we found out that we were not far from the building that used to be the hospital AND that they have a little exhibition dedicated to the war poets, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go and have a look and remember these remarkable writers.

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The building is situated in a beauitful part of Edinburgh, and now forms part of Napier University. Despite having had a modern extension added to it, the old part of the building is still there.

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The day on which we headed out there was beautiful. Cold but sunny in a golden autumn light. It is a testament to Barker as a writer that we both felt that the place was just as we had pictured it when reading the novel. The exhibition was very well put together and the stories of the war poets so moving.

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It’s a little removed from the centre of the city but I would recommend visiting the exhibition as it is such a sad but important part of the history of World War 1 and its writers. And all of it is in such lovely surroundings. I was really glad that we made the trip out there and feel that it made me understand these people’s stories even better.

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Calton Hill and this wonderful city

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My mum has been here these past few weeks, which has been lovely lovely lovely. Made all the lovelier by the fact that Edinburgh did a good job of really behaving itself for most of the two weeks and giving us some stunning weather, really making the city shine.

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So on one of my mum’s first days here we went up Calton Hill. You get the best views of the city from there.

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On the way up we could see the Newtown buildings and beyond, as well as some lovely autumn colours on the tree tops.

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On of the things that really interest me about this time of year is the long shadows casting such interesting patterns across the ground.

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Calton Hill has some lovely monuments and sites that add to the peaceful atmosphere.

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And you can look down and see every angle of the city, including the narrow buildings along the Royal Mile and elsewhere in Old Town.

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You also get a lovely view of Princes Street.

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Calton  Hill is popular but never really packed. People just stand and marvel at the views.

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Hello, Bruntsfield!

Seeing as I will be starting my MA soon (that sounds scary, it’s very soon!), I felt I should have a look at the area in which I am going to be spending a fair amount of time.

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I do know Bruntsfield reasonably well, it’s not far from where we live now, but I just felt like going to have a look at the Screen Academy itself and its surrounding areas. So we decided to get the bus out to Bruntsfield one morning, looking at all the lovely (and expensive!) houses along the way.

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It was a bit grey and rainy at first but the day soon brightened up and we had a lovely little walk around Bruntsfield.

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There are lots of nice things to see, and the area around the Screen Academy looks lovely, so I am really looking forward to spending some more time there.

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Eventually we got hungry and headed back home for some lunch.

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Seeing it made it all seem a lot more real, I am really looking forward to my course starting.

Family – the most important thing

This is the last of my posts about our wonderful holiday in Austria, and it is dedicated to a few photographs of us hanging out as a family. Family really is the most important thing, and I miss them all terribly. I wish I could see them more, but I am glad that we all get on so well and that we had this amazing time together. I can’t wait to see them again soon.

I love you all ❤

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Visiting Oma in Birkfeld

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On one of the days while Fraser and I were in Austria we went to visit my Oma (grandmother), in Birkfeld where she has lived her whole life. It was really important to me that she and Fraser met, even if they could barely communicate with each other, because she means a great deal to me, and she was very excited to meet him.

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It was yet another beautiful day, perfect weather to spend some time sitting outside, catching up as a family.

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We decided to go for a walk around Birkfeld, which is a pretty little place that Dieter and I used to visit a lot as children.

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First we refuelled with some coffee (or ice coffee).

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Then we had a little look around the place as it was so wonderfully sunny.

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There was hardly anyone around, it was peaceful and pretty.

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The whole day was really lovely, I am happy that Fraser and Oma met and that I got to spend some time with her.

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Some more pictures from our wonderful day at Grünersee. (You can find part 1 here.)

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As we felt we hadn’t yet had enough of the beautiful surroundings at the lake, we decided to go down to the lakeside and walk around closer to the water’s edge.

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The sun came out, really highlighting the gorgeous turquoise water.

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We wandered around, admiring the different colours in the surroundings, it was all so peaceful.

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Fraser took to skimming stones across the water, and we managed to clamber on to a rock to get a closer look at the water and touch it (it was very very cold!)

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We decided to head back up the path that leads to the lake and investigate another smaller lake nearby. It is less well known but just as beautiful.

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A lovely spot to spend some time together as a family.

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We even found some interesting insects to photograph.

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Before long it was time to turn back, but we all feel that this was one of the most memorable days of the holiday. If you are ever in the area, make sure to visit the lovely Grünersee, its beauty really stays with you.

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Grünersee 1

We have been enjoying our wonderful holiday in Austria, hence my inactivity here. But we have been doing so many wonderful things.

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Last week we went to Grünersee, and it was stunning! It’s a beautiful, picturesque lake in a quiet, calm spot.

We drove up and had lunch before walking around the lake.

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Afterwards we began the walk on the upper circle around the lake, we got our first glimpses of it through the trees.

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The scenery around it is wonderful too.

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As we came round the trees the lake revealed itself in all its turquoise glory.

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It was great to investigate the lake together as a family.

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We decided to go down to the lakeside to see more, we weren’t ready to leave the lake just yet.

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More to come soon, in part 2….

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By the Lake

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This is where Fraser and I have been spending our days.

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We are staying with my parents back home in Austria. The weather has been beautiful and last Thursday we went to a wonderful lake to swim and relax.

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It is nice to just stop and gaze at the sky, not having to do anything.

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The lake was great and there weren’t even a lot of people there.

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Long, hot summer days are what I remember from my childhood, and it’s been wonderful to drink up the sun.

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We are really having a fantastic holiday!

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To Austria

My long absence is explained by being insanely busy before I left for my holiday back home, and having been busy with family and friends since I got here.

But one of the best parts about being home is always how relaxing it is. The weather has been hot hot hot, so we have been relaxing accordingly.

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It’s been lovely to spend time with family and we even had a wedding in the family. Surprisingly, I caught the bouquet.

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Another highlight so far has been the barbecuing. SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!!

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Apart from the sunshine, great food, and wonderful company, I have even been treated to an epic thunderstorm. Darkening skies, thunder and lightning, torrential rain.

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It’s safe to say so far this holiday is going wonderfully well! I look forward to the next two weeks here.

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