Just returned home from a fantastic holiday for myself and Lucy in Edinburgh. We rented a flat in the middle of the city for nearly two weeks, and were able to see dozens of shows at The Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, including the world’s largest Comedy festival. This year, we went by train (via Crewe – cheaper than via Stafford). No long drive at top and tail of the holiday. Fantastic. My last role in IBM before leaving in June was working on a proposal at RBS in Edinburgh. It Read more […]
We finished off September with an excellent holiday on the canal. Navigating the canals of the UK on a narrow boat has long been my favourite holiday, first instilled in me by a couple of teachers at my secondary school who were married and lived on the banks of a canal and who were daft enough to take a group of teenagers onto a boat for a week each year. I went several years running. After the first year, we took two boats and had boys and girls along (great fun) and one year, one of the boats Read more […]
I have had a really nice break from work, mostly resisting the temptation to deal with emails and respond to texts and voice mails. I am looking forward to returning to work tomorrow though as I always hate leaving things in mid flight. It is not so much that I do not trust others as much as I worry that I might have not thought ahead about something important. [Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone] Read more […]
A rare photograph of me and my brother together risking our necks on water (well, relaxing on a narrow boat really).
We took the unusual step this Christmas (2008) of hiring a narrow-boat for the week and navigating the canals of England whilst everyone else faced the normal stresses of the celebration period. We had a great time away from the hussle-and-bussle that normally goes with this period.
Heavy rain most of the night and still going strong in the morning. We did not feel motivated to do very much. We had planned a day out in a particularly beautiful area near by including a couple of waterfall visits. We decided, somewhat reluctantly, to head back to Inverness and hit the shopping centre. My eldest daughter hates shopping so this was not a great option for her. Not great for the dogs either but it was time for some retail therapy. We had a great Italian meal for lunch (decent places Read more […]
Awoken by my youngest daughter at 7.20am today. Had hoped to lie in for a change as I have been getting up before 7am so far. Understandable though as it was her 15th birthday. We quickly got ourselves together and went through the appropriate ceremonies. The best part was when we revealed that, contrary to all the misdirection we had been given, we had in fact managed to obtain a Nintendo Wii Fitness board for her. Sadly, although we had brought the Wii with us complete with SCART connector and Read more […]
We headed for Inverness again today with a stop on the way at the Loch Ness Visitors’ Centre. We have been the latter in the past and not much has changed – still loads of "tat" (as my parents would have said) for gullible tourists to waste their money on. The associated hotel on the other hand was very nice and looked to offer some good value meals. We simply had a few drinks which we drank whilst sank into the very comfortable leather settees. As a change from the usual tourist Read more […]
I wanted to minimise the amount of driving I did today so we chose to go to the nearest town: Fort Augustus. This is a very popular tourist spot featuring a series of locks on the Caledonian Canal leading down to Loch Ness. I did an unsuccessful hunt for Internet access in the town whilst the rest of the family visited a rare-breeds farm. We tend to eat outside a lot because we normally have the dogs with us and do not want to leave them in the car. Unfortunately, this brings us to the front-line Read more […]
Heading to Skye was an obvious choice give we were already on the main road for Skye via the Skye bridge. We were tempted to go by ferry for part of the journey but saved that for later. I have happy memories of Skye from when I was a child. We set off with no particular purpose other than just finding somewhere nice to be out and about where we could let the dogs run free. Sadly, the weather was against us. There was heavy rain most of the time. Actually, we do not mind rain that much – we Read more […]