Wednesday, August 31, 2011
DRM? buh bye
Oh - we also walked to St. Bridget's Kirk today too (it's not all the wacky world of wifi!)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Wee Guy and I were tourists once more. We joined the tourists in Edinburgh at the tail-end of the fringe/festival season as the workers dismantled the venues. All around George Square, one of my old university haunts, staging was being deconstructed and vans whizzed around. Ditto for the other festival haunts.
So we went to the castle. It's been standing for way longer than a summer festival and we saw no signs of it being dismantled. Ditto the fabric of Edinburgh.
It'll always be there.
More pics here.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Last week we were bathed in sweat 24/7 … this included our last night in Spain in a wonderful air-conditioned hotel room which was just too noisy to sleep in (many thanks to the wonderful night staff of the Alicante Holiday Inn Express who helped us relocate to a quieter room at 2.30am for a precious few hours of sleep).
Today, it’s back to the reality of summer in Scotland. Rain. Grey skies. Cagouls. Socks.
It is, however, a nice change.
And we are on holiday :)
<—from this to this ^ (yes – those are ice crystals on the window)
Saturday, August 27, 2011
But now we're moving from point D back to point A with the dessicated spanish countryside zooming several thousand feet beneath us, and my homing instinct is kicking in. The Wee Guy and I still have a couple of weeks holiday left, but mr ebb is on his way back home. And that's where my thoughts are turning too. My homing instinct is kicking in..
Friday, August 26, 2011
Exactly as it says - no photos! I completely forgot to photograph myself (!) yesterday evening though I did rattle off a whole clip of digital images around the dining table during our delicious farewell meal at El Mar La Mar.
sigh! back to reality (and a more reliable internet connection) tomorrow - no more mornings spent nude on a beach.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
It's family, darling, family! and we're having a blast.
What we are doing though, is taking a lot of precautions with the sun, tanning, over-exposure and covering up. Where we're staying has an unshaded but coolish pool. The beach, 10 minutes or so away, is also unshaded. It's also not completely practical to sit around indoors (without airconditioning) and, since we're not a family of vampires, we have been outside during daylight ... but with precautions.
The Wee Guy, who is at increased risk of skin cancer simply by having a first degree relative melanoma survivor in his lineage, is slathered head to toe in waterproof Factor 50 before heading outdoors. This is topped up regularly, especially after swimming. He also wears a brimmed hat and long sleeves when practical. A long sleeve swim top increases time spent in the pool. Ditto for me! He shares my Neutrogena Factor 60 dry touch face block as it seems to agree with our sensitive skins very well.
As you know, sunburns during childhood contribute to most cases of skin cancer worldwide. As a survivor I'm also on a 'no tanning' directive so short of wrapping myself up like an egyptian mummy, mother and sun commonly appear greased up and 'a little overdressed' when outdoors.
So far it seems to be working (no burns) and yesterday we took our sunblocks for the ultimate test drive - the beach ;) Apart from being the most luminous bod in the surf, I think only my natural unshaved redheaded status attracted attention ...
When in Rome etc etc etc.
for those of you reading and thinking, geez - overkill, although melanoma can take up to 10 years to develop from a sunburn, survival rates are measured in weeks and months, not years. it is one of the few cancers rising in incidence and has, until recently, been incurable once metastasised. new immunomodulatory drugs such as vemurafenib and ipilimumab are showing promise but prevention is still key IMHO
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Have even volunteered to cook for 12 tomorrow evening (a huge thank you to SIL, Rachel, who cooked The Most Amazing spag bog yesterday in Seriously Compromised Kitchen Conditions.
I must be on holiday.
Yesterday was a trip to the old.
Today was a lazy start followed by a couple of hours in the pool (the Wee Guy can now swim out of his depth and has managed a width of the pool unaided - mr ebb and i are so proud).
After a Very Late Lunch we walked (yes walked - it's waaaaaaaaaaaaay coooler in the late afternoons) to a local water park where the boys went on water slides and I submerged my bikini'd bod in the wave pool.
NB: no bikini'd pics will be surfacing - I am making sure of it :) and I need to maintain my non-mature rating with Blogger ;)
Monday, August 22, 2011
As a freckled red head, with skin cancer and heat issues, the south of spain in late August is not really top of the list as a holiday destination for me at all. But this year, the lure of train travel, family and europe made it so. After a night of sleeper train followed by an afternoon of day train riding we arrived en famille in Andalucia for a week with my husband's family.
Our apartment is at sea level, charming but very hot and humid. This morning my in laws very kindly gave us a ride through to Mojacar along the coast, where mr ebb, the Wee Guy and I caught a local bus up into the mountains to visit the pueblo.
For this red head, the change in heat, humidity, shadde, etc was a real blessing (sigh).
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I haven't posted anything substantial since before Monday 15th. Since then, the Wee Guy and I Eurostar-ed from St Pancras to Gare du Nord, arriving midday in Paris and navigated (successfully) through another non-grid system city to our hotel. In a complete coincidence we also ran into mr ebb making his way to the same hotel from his very delayed flight in from Canada.
So our family was complete again (except for dear Grizzy).
That evening (Monday, please pay attention) we walked through Montmatre to Sacre Coeur then had dinner in a lovely cafe as far from the tourist beat as we could find.
Day two in Paris = walk to and climb up Eiffel Tower, followed by Batobus cruise down the Seine to Ile de France/Ile St Louis.
Day three = walk to and round the Louvre, Batobus again, then depart Gare de Austerlitz on the sleeper for Madrid (our fourth European capital).
Day three was Wednesday.
Thursday was spent waiting for a connection to the south of Spain followed by meeting up with my 'other' family at their summer retreat.
So far, we've celebrated two birthdays (my FIL's and mine), swum in the pools lots, used up lots of sun block, eaten at two delightful local restaurants (paella!) and sweated buckets! Despite my best intentions, internet connection is limited hence the m.i.a-ness but heck! it's holiday and I can survive without wifi (she says unconvinced).
I'll post more pics in the next few days, but until then consider yourself excused from reading my blog for a while :)
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
1. Science Museum
2. picnic lunch in Hyde Park
3. walk to Buckingham Palace
4. walk back through Green Park and along the Serpentine
5. play time in the Diana Memorial fountain in Kensington Gardens
6. dinner at the Lido cafe
7. skype with daddy
We packed in a lot of museum, park and walking today :) Great fun was had by all.
However ... I notice now, much more than before when I lived here, that there are so many reminders of death around in this city.
We walked past the Australian War Memorial, with each battle carved out and highlighted by the tiny names of each of the points of origin of those who died. And we saw the statue commemorating the heroic actions by nurse, Edith Cavell in World War I.
The veterinary history section in the Wellcome Wing at the Science Museum carried reminders of the IRA bombing which slaughtered seven horses and two guardsmen in central London. This happened as I decided to apply for veterinary college - I can remember feeling absolutely horrified that animals could be targeted for terrorist action alongside humans. It also made me realise the cruelty I might be faced with in a future professional life (and I was, but none as bad as this event).
And there's been my mini unintended Diana pilgrimage. We've spent a couple fo evenings playing in the wonderful memorial playground in Kensington Gardens, inspired by her love of children.
This evening we cooled our toes in the memorial fountain near the Serpentine.
The last time I was near her palace, the front lawn was knee-deep in flowers from mourners. Her death and funeral played out in a very surreal atmosphere in London at the time.
And the last time I stood in front of Buckingham Palace I saw the princes driven past, each pale-faced with the strain of emotion in public life.
And I saw Diana's coffin driven from St. James Palace to Kensington Palace for her last night in her old home before the funeral. Although the crowd by Green Park was six or seven deep, there was no sound. As the hearse emerged from St. James palace, the overhanging trees were illuminated in the dusk with brilliant flashes as onlookers took photographs of history on the move. The wave of lights preceded the car as she moved slowly down the Mall in a deathly hush. People stood in silence with tears running down their faces. London was in deep mourning.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Surely you can guess where we are now?
Yes, we've moved on to the second european capital referenced in the blog blurb above this post. The Wee Guy are traveling.
This is the most exciting part of the holiday aside, of course, from seeing long lost family again and staying in my childhood home for almost a month. It's also the most nerve-wracking. Although I've traveled solo with the Wee Guy before now, it's always been strictly to one destination and then home with a few side trips to other friends, relatives, etc. thrown in. This time our travels are more of the backpacking, staying in strange hotels/hostels, exploring unfamiliar cities type.
OK, so London isn't exactly unfamiliar territory to me but oh boy has it changed in the last decade since I flit countries.
So far? fun. We've got another three capital cities to fit in though so wish us luck.
Today's slideshow (including a flight on the London Eye, meeting up with Rob and Andrea of Got Craft?, and a totally unplanned watching of the changing of the guard, is here :)
Thursday, August 11, 2011
For those of you who correctly guessed yesterday's theme yes - we're off on our travels once more.
And we've arrived.
Last time I visited the place behind me and below in the pic, the lawn area was a metre deep in flowers.
Wee Guy celebrating arriving by running pell mell through the park and swinging around in its most wonderful children's adventure play area.
Can you guess where we are?
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Today's outing was to Cramond with grandpa.
Cramond is a beautiful ancient seaside village on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It lies directly opposite Aberdour across the River Forth, hidden behind Inchcolm Island.
It's also the place where my father began his archaeology career over 50 years ago.
I wonder if he thought then that he would be explaining the finer workings of the Roman latrine excavated on site to his grandson a few decades later?
PS: More pics here.
Monday, August 08, 2011
|searching for poetry|
And it was a sunny day too :)
Sunday, August 07, 2011
In obstetrical terms this is known as a due date. In party girl terms this is also known as any excuse for a party.
... and we did!
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Today's outing was to Edinburgh. Yes, to Edinburgh - currently in the throes of prepping for the Fringe and the Festival i.e. full of tourists. Luckily, most of them were taking in the sights of Fringe Saturday on the Royal Mile so the Wee Guy and I headed to Harvey Nichols for the delights of food served from conveyor belts. Lunch at Yo Sushi was a huge hit (especially the free plate of pancakes for the Wee Guy), capped only by my pre-birthday feast at the similarly conveyor belt-ed chocolate cafe where we were treated to a huge chocolate fondue, a sparkly cupcake and a glass of pink champagne by Aunt B.