After spending some time with Neil and his family I felt the urge to return home. I knew there was little to return to, just an empty house but for some reason I had to be there.
I must admit the time spent in Haddington was special as I got to take Sandy to school with his Mum and meet him again when school finished. Joe is now old enough to go on his own and I got to hear Neil play with The Chilli Dogs at The Royal Oak in Edinburgh. They are a fine bunch of musicians who meet every Thursday night just to relax and play the music they like.
As all schools finish at lunchtime in East Lothian so Neil was able to take me and the boys on a nice three mile circular walk ending up by the River Tyne where Sandy manage to fall in up to his knees. After a few tears he was soon up and running again.
Stick em up!
A contender for Grand Designs?
This actually serves as a gate post
Could this be the root or the problem?
This is for Tootlepedal
I think they've just disturbed the local Troll
Apparently this is where Robbie Burns mother drew water when she lived near Haddington
Bridge That Gap
The River Tyne (East Lothian)
On Saturday morning I took a walk into town and paid a visit to the new John Grey Centre that has just opened in Haddington. This has been a massive project with huge funding. The lady on the desk was very helpful and informative.
According the plaque in the archway this is one of two surviving tower stairways in Haddington.
This wild flower display was at the entrance to a car park.
John Grey Centre
Saturday afternoon I was bundled off to Ikea. This is not my idea of pleasure but observing those around me including Neil & Kate I definitely was in the minority, even Joe & Sandy seen it as some sort of adventure, but kids are good at that. Never the less I was charmed into the spending power that Ikea seems to have and purchased some odds and ends that were needed for the house.
Joe and Sandy had me up early on Sunday morning as they had promised to take me to the Kids Cinema Club at Ocean Terminal in Leith. We went to see Dr Seuss's The Lorax. It was a film with a environmental message about the absence of trees. Unfortunately the seats in the cinema were so comfortable, Granpa fell asleep and missed the middle part of the film.
What I could see of Royal Britannia
I've been back home three days now and dread every minute I step in the house. The loneliness is almost unbearable, I miss her so much, but I'm trying to keep focused and sensible. (there's a first!) As long as I keep busy I'm OK. I do understand that I'm not alone in my predicament but it would be nice to share with anyone going through or has gone through similar.
Anyway my task for today was to take Mr and Mrs Tootlepedal to Carlisle Train Station, where they were embarking on a holiday to France. Bicycles will be involved I would imagine. After I dropped them off I went to the Fuji shop to enquire about getting presented with the camera I won. Rob phoned up the Rep and it was arranged for Tuesday but a time has to be confirmed.
I do apologise if this blog seems bit erratic and photo heavy.