Category: Friends

  • Long Gone

    Poor old BTW suffers hugely from neglect some times, but like a small puppy is always stupidly glad to see me.  So, there are issues requiring attention everywhere we look just now, and I got up at 05:45 today so that I could weed the back garden.  Needless to say it is now 06:53 and […]

  • Footing the bill

    Well, I haven’t been here for a while, sorry about that, things have been busy and I am still trying to work out what I think about last week’s Election result. So, yesterday we hied to the Lyceum in Edinburgh for the final play in the 2014 -15 season.  The was The Venetian Twins, relocated […]

  • Si vis pacem, para bellum.*

    A maxim which applies to all areas of life, not just the battle field, IMHO.   Jings, where to start?   Where did I leave off?  February 4th, apparently.   Since that time we were made aware that the Russian Consul General in Scotland was to award Dad with the Ushakov medal, at home, in honour of his […]

  • Degustation

    Ah, foot cramp.  Such an effective way of waking up, I really should market it. Just checked my last post, October 10th, crikey, we have been busy celebrating Mr Holmes’s significant birthday.  As you might expect, there was a food theme here.  We met John and Yvonne in Berwick, at Foxton‘s, and had lunch with […]

  • Drones

    Last weekend while Paul was embarking on Project Gate Paint, I went to the end of our road (seriously) to capture some images of the wild flowers planted there by the Fife Parks & Rec people.   They were busy buzzing with bumble* bees and are such a lovely sight to behold.  We drove to Cellardyke […]

  • #dingding

    Busy day yesterday, we met our friends the  White family for lunch at Cafe Andaluz , then Team Holmes boarded an  Edinburgh tram for the very first time,  and rode in style from St Andrew Square to Shandwick Place.  For those of you unfamiliar with this transport farrago, they are massively over budget and put a […]

  • Spinally tapped

    Another evening at Pilates, another well stretched me. We had a very interesting weekend with our friend Rieko, from Tokyo. Saturday: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; Meadows walk; Burrell Collection, Pollok Park, Glasgow; then home for a gourmet Japanese meal. Sunday: The Kelpies, Falkirk; the new exhibition at the field of the Battle of Bannockburn; […]

  • Scottish Serenade

    Pretty short on updates, spent my birthday weekend at Blair Atholl with After 8 Mince, the groupies, Yard of Ale, On the Wagon, Dalgety Bay Folk Club and some very hard working hotel staff. Then a whizz up to the Highland Wildlife Park to see the red pandas, the wolverine, the capercaillie (finally) and the […]

  • If there was a word to describe the swiftness of the past few weeks it would be right here

    We have been out and about, to Rambottom no less, in Lancashire, to celebrate the Silver Wedding of our friends Catherine and Philip Burgess.  As ever, it was grand to see old chums and we are filled with the urge to do more of the same.  Hotel had a pool, which was a bonus,  and […]

  • Auld Lang Syne

    We twa hae paidl’t in the burn, From morning sun till dine; But seas between us braid hae roar’d Sin auld lang syne. That is my favourite verse from Burns’ poem, a masterpiece which is still being sung around the world as I type.  I have just been looking at comments on Facebook and I […]