Blethers and blahs

Random ramblings from a chaotic life


on April 1, 2007

Yesterday I had a lovely day in Edinburgh, only spoiled by the fact that I forgot to take my camera with me.  Well, to be honest I decided not to take it as I didn't think I would need it, though now I wish I had.  Edinburgh is often the home to various marches and demonstrations, some frustrating, others colourful and stimulating.  Yesterday it was home to the latter.  I am not even sure what the demonstration was about but the combination of the spring sunshine, the drumming and the co-ordinating clothes worn by the demonstrators made it an event well worth photographing.

It has been some time since I was in Edinburgh and although I still found the crowds of people and the access to the shops frustrating, I enjoyed the contrasts of the city and the sights to be seen.  By contrasts I mean things such as young girls in strapless tops and bare legs walking alongside matronly ladies in their winter coats with matching hats, the cultural mix of the people on Princes Street and the glare off the huge glass fronted buildings sitting alongside buildings that are several hundred years old.  I think that this was the first time I have really enjoyed a visit to Edinburgh as it is often too busy and too noisy and too drab to be really enjoyable.

As for my meeting, it was strange, but in a nice way.  The lady I was meeting, Morag, is very, very distantly related to me.  Her great grandfather was my great, great grandmother's brother and she was keen to find out more about her family history.  I started researching my family history about 6/7 years ago but over the past few years since my mum died I haven't pursued it as much.  I am now keen to get back into it though and see what nuggets of information I can find. 

Morag is a few years older than me but we had so much in common it was quite strange.  We are both primary teachers, we both work part time, we both support children with additional learning needs, we both have three children, 2 boys and a girl, we both brought up our children on our own after being divorced, we have similar views on lots of things and we are both studying for our chartered teacher quailification.  On the whole it was a lovely day and we will probably keep in touch.

As for here, it is chaos.  I am trying to sort stuff to take to the caravan and make sure it is clean and tidy before I leave on Tuesday as we may have guests staying while I am away!  Gordon's sister is coming over from South Africa due to their dad's failing health and may have to stay with us for a few days as the trip was booked at such short notice so I am frantically trying to make the place look a bit less like some kind of typhoon has been through it, but it ain't easy, lol.  Take care x x x

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