Hello, everyone. Did you have a good week/weekend? I did- I had a lovely long weekend, with lots and lots of Christmas shopping; so much so that my present shopping is done! I’d love to say that I can now relax and enjoy the season, and that’s partly true but I’m busy, busy as ever 😉
Last Monday, I omitted details of my weekend, when we had another chapter in my ‘big birthday’ celebration! I had no idea, and so the whole weekend was a wonderful surprise. The girls had a fabulous spa day at The Carrick on Loch Lomond, where we made use of the facilities including the gorgeous infinity pool. I was even treated to a full body hot stones massage. Bliss. The fizz was flowing, of course 🙂
Afterwards, the guys all joined us for dinner at the Boat House at Cameron House, which was absolutely delish. We then headed back to Joe and Stacey’s new house for a party. Brilliant! I was a great day.
I’ve been very lucky, with so, so many birthday treats. I’m one very fortunate girl.
I’m grand: it’s a public holiday here, so I’m at the end of a long weekend. It’s back to work tomorrow, but only for three days until I head off on holiday…. To Toronto! I’m so excited!
This past week has been good, and I enjoyed my classes: Clubbercise, PiYo and Pound. I still haven’t squeezed in a run yet, but I’m not feeling guilty about that. I’ve still been active.
This weekend, we had a brilliant family weekend away in Aberfeldy to celebrate my uncle Jim’s 60th Birthday. What a laugh! We had lots of fun, excellent company, a few drinks and masses of fantastic food. Wow. I have eaten well! What was unusual was being away for a whole weekend with no mobile signal and no WiFi, so we all had to be social with no online time at all- it was great!
A group of us (18 of us, I think) went White Water Rafting on the River Tummel. When we arrived, we found out that we would be ‘closing’ the river, as we’d be the last group down the river in 2015. Ace! While we were waiting to get sorted, @TheWelshWookie spotted a familiar figure: it was none other than Frank, the coach driver who took us to the Great North Run! What a small world, eh? We had a wee chat with him, and he definitely remembered us too 🙂
We had a couple of photos taken:
Then, it was time to head off, down the river. We were divided into four rafts, and on ours there was me, @TheWelshWookie, my sis Angie and my cousins Jane, Lewis and Ciara. We realised pretty quickly that it wasn’t as easy as it looked (or as easy as I had remembered- I last did it 10 years ago)! We had such a laugh, and found ourselves trapped or in trouble at just about every turn! We christened ourselves #TeamBounce, since we had to bounce the boat out of trouble a few times! 😉
Our instructor was loads of fun, and he even threw Ciara in at one point (nothing to do with her non stop talking!), but that was nothing compared to our spectacular tipping out at the final big drop!
I ended up under the boat, and it took me a few seconds to even realise what had happened! It was such brilliant, brilliant fun though. If you get the chance, do it.
Tonight was our final Clubbercise session before the October half term, which works out nicely with my forthcoming holiday.
Today, we’ve spent the day doing housework and packing: we are now good to go!
After temporarily disappearing from Blogland over the weekend, I thought I’d explain why.
Friday night, @TheWelshWookie and I had the Hue and Cry gig that I was telling you about last week, and it was brilliant! The Kane brothers were entertaining as ever, and the play through of their ‘Bitter Suite’ album remained true to the original, with a few of the tracks updated a little. It was amazing!
We had a couple of drinks at the venue, along with a couple more later, including an apple & guava cider, and a nice GnT. Perfect.
On Saturday morning, we had a 5K planned. But, although I certainly felt fresh enough for a run, I decided to sleep in instead. It was bliss! We then hit the shops, as I had a few more bits to pick up for the wedding. @TheWookie got a new long sleeved running top from Run4It, which is lovely.
And, on Saturday afternoon, we had a great time: my nephew, Kieran, was a mascot at the SPL football match between Partick Thistle and Hibernian! He’s only five, but he was so great, and had a brilliant day. Kieran is a huge football fan, and Partick Thistle are his team: he goes to the games with his dad and granda.
Kieran went along early on Saturday with his dad and his granda, where they met the players and had a tour of the stadium. Next, he (along with the other two mascots) had a kick about on the pitch while the players warmed up. And just before kick off, they led the teams onto the pitch, and were there for the referee’s coin toss.
He must have been a lucky mascot, as Thistle won 3-1!
@TheWelshWookie and I went along to support him, along with his mum (my sis) and his brother, Aidan who – at three – was going to his first ever football match. He loved it too! My other nephews Ryan and Liam also came along, as did my other sis Angie, her BF Ryan and Kieran’s auntie and uncle Alison and Chris. It was a fab family day out!
I even, erm, ‘enjoyed’ a pie and bovril at half time 😉
After the game, we were all invited to the hospitality suite where Kieran was presented with a signed football by the Man of the Match, Kallum Higgenbotham. Lucky boy!
We then had a fab night back at my sis’ house, with a few vinos and a Chinese takeaway.
Sunday was grocery shopping, and driving home, tired after a busy-but-fun couple of days!