Seeing Our Dynamic Earth and Rescuing Prickles

The side of the Scottish Parliament has some very interesting things on it.

The side of the Scottish Parliament has some very interesting things on it.

Sorry I’ve been away from the blog over the past week. It’s been a pretty busy week.

Let’s talk about last week. Me, hubby and the weans went to Edinburgh a week last Tuesday to see Our Dynamic Earth. I’d been wanting to see it for years, but never went through. This year I was determined to get to finally see it, so we jumped on the train and two hours later we were at Waverley Station. It was a short walk down the Royal Mile to where Holyrood Palace is and Our Dynamic Earth is nearby.

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I didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t really know what the exhibition was about. I kind of knew it was science-y, but that was it. We went and I went to the ticket desk. Boy was it slow. You would think they would have had more than two people on. Anyway, I eventually bought my tickets and we went down.

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It was pretty busy, but not uncomfortably so. At first, I thought to myself ‘I don’t think this is going to be that good.’ But, it actually was quite good. You get ‘taken back in time’ to when the Earth was created and it takes you through various stages of our planet’s evolution. There’s a bit where a volcanic eruption ‘takes place’ and they have a giant ice cube depicting the ice age that the kids loved to touch. I thought it would be plastic, but it’s real. I wouldn’t say it’s the very best thing I’ve ever been to, but I did enjoy it.

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We got a train back mid afternoon and got home in time for tea. Poor hubby was exhausted.

The Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Parliament.

A couple of days later he finally started his chemo and he’s been zonked out ever since, poor soul. At least it’s finally started!

Our Dynamic Earth.

Our Dynamic Earth.

What else has been happening? Myself, my friend and our kids rescued a hedgehog this week. We went out for a post dinner stroll, came back via the park at the station and found a hedgehog out in the open and acting strange. It was shaking as it walked and looked distressed. My friend called the SSPCA and her son brought us a box with a towel in it. We transported the wee thing to my house to wait for the SSPCA lady. The kids called him (or her) Prickles. The lady came, checked him out and said there didn’t seem to be much wrong with it. I explained about the strange behaviour. She said she would weigh him and if he was underweight would take him back to our local SSPCA centre. If he was okay, she’d release him back into the wild. I apologised for wasting her time, but she said she would rather have come than not. I still think the wee thing wasn’t right, so am actually glad we called. I texted my friend the update and she said her husband called us hedgehog rustlers…the cheeky besom that he is.  We don’t know what happened to Prickles, whether he was released or not, but he was in the right hands.

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This week I went back to work after having two weeks off for annual leave. It’s typical – the weather was rotten all the two weeks, but the minute I go back to work it starts getting better. Sigh.

The kids go back to school next week! Yippee! I’ve spent the last couple of weeks sorting out school uniforms, shoes, bags etc. It’s such a costly time of year! We went to get school shoes and trainers today. I spent a lot, but the kids are happy. I just hope we get some wear out the shoes. Last year, the girl shot up in height and went through loads of shoes, trousers and other clothes. It’s like someone put Miracle Gro on her and she suddenly just grew and grew and grew. She’s nearly my height now and a size less than me in shoes. It’s true what they say – enjoy them when they are babies because they are not babies long!

Right am off. I have two hungry weans demanding to know what’s for dinner, so I get the hint! They are obviously in need of nourishment. It’s stewed sausage tonight…a meal that’s easy to make, I made earlier in the week to make life a bit easier, and is one of my favourites!

Til next time!

Dawn xxx

 

 

 

A wedding, Bannockburn and loving the re-enactment!

How are you all? How have you been? Sorry I’ve not been around so much lately…had a wedding on June 21 (congrats George and Raymond!) in Edinburgh and we (me, hubby and the weans) trooped off to Stirlingshire on Saturday to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn!

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Bannockburn Live weekend was a great event despite the long queues for everything but the toilets!! We arrived about 10am with half of Scotland it seemed. The queue to get in went back a good half a mile, but everyone was in good spirits so none of the stewards got hassled.

Anyway, we got in, went up to the stage to see who was playing. We stayed to listen to a band I never got the name of…sorry band, but you were good. We then went exploring…apart from craft stalls, there were also stalls from various clans and a whole host of quality food places…we ate buffalo burgers and they were excellent.

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The whole event was held up at the Bannockburn visitor centre/monument/Bruce statue. One area was the band/clans/stalls/food and another (which you had to queue – quelle surprise! – to get into) was where the re-enactment was taking place and included a mediaeval tent village where Clanranald re-enactors were showing people how they made weapons and food and clothing etc. It was really good.

My favourite bit was the re-enactment of the battle itself. The guy narrating – an historian – was good with the banter and had the crowd cheering The Bruce and booing King Edward. It was a laugh. The costumes were excellent as was the information given out about the historic event. The narrator took us through the two day battle talking about all the skirmishes and explaining what happened when and what various things meant/how things worked (eg the Chiltern…below).

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The kids had a ball. They loved it and went away with a tabard each (in the Bruce’s colours of course!) and a wooden sword (the girl) and wooden spear (the boy) respectively.  Anyway, we stayed about four hours and the rain started to get heavy so we went back to the car just as the heavens opened. Was an excellent day!

I got myself a hand thrown mug which looks like it wouldn’t take much tea in it, but is actually bigger than it looks (a bit like the Tardis!!).

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Funniest part of the day – the actors forgot their mikes were still on. There were a few choice words from them when things when wrong (a horse got spooked, the rider swore much to the amusement of the crowd). The guy playing The Bruce also had a very interesting conversation about ‘where’s the wee lassie who has my car keys?’ which also got a lot of hoots from the crowd!!

It was a good weekend, thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but got some shots on my phone which then ran out of juice!! Hope you enjoyed the pics anyway.

The kids stopped for their summer holidays on Friday there, so I’m off for the next two weeks to look after them. Today, I’m just catching up with bits and pieces around the house. Been watching The Darling Buds of May and thoroughly enjoying it.

Anyway, I am going to go now and get on with the ironing! Oh the glamour!  Til next time!

Dawn xxx
PS if you’re interested in learning more about Bannockburn, BBC 2 did a great series called Quest for Bannockburn.