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#Project365 2019 weeks 32 and 33

Our holiday is now a dim and distant memory but I have finally finished going through all my pics so can now be back on track with #Project365 by doing a double-week post (although I haven’t got around to adding to Instagram yet)
Day 216: Home at last! Ollie was thrilled to be reunited with us (and we with him) but he wasn’t interested in Nessie

Day 217: I sent Anya up to get dressed and she came down in MY clothes! cheeky girl 🙂

Day 218: Zach has the opposite problem and has been refusing to wear clothes! Here is is trying to emulate Peppa Pig jumping in puddles

Day 219: Matthew has spent a lot of time outside doing some knightly battles and wearing a path in our lawn!

Day 220: I love this picture that Zach drew on his Kindle of Peppa Pig

Day 221: cousin craziness and yes, Zach is almost naked again!

Day 222: time to enjoy some blue skies with a walk over to the river, can you spot the swan?

Day 223: Chris and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary and celebrated by drinking champagne that Chris had before the millenium (it tasted fine!)

Day 224: Zach is not impressed by my mum-dancing, but that won’t stop me! Keep the music playing!

Day 223: dino hunting in Camberley

Day 226: I ordered these shoes the day before from Deichmann and couldn’t believe it when they arrived the next day

Day 227: more dino hunting, this time in Fleet

Day 228: a cardboard box, the opportunities are endless! Here is robot Zach

Day 229: our friends host an annual Mexicue. They are soooo thoughtful, colour coding the tablecloths and putting cards by each dish so it was easy to identify what was suitable for me as a vegan and wheat free. Plus it was 5 years since Chris and I had out first date…

 

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Holiday 2019: Linlithgow Palace and Calderglen Country Park

Linlithgow Palace is a beautiful ruin of a pleasure palace for the Stewart monarchs. James V and his daughter Mary Queen of Scots were booth born here as well as James VI’s daughter Princess E,izabeth from whom the Hanoverians are descended.
Sadly the palace became derelict after the monarchy united with that of England and the court headed south to London. Fire eventually destroyed the palace although I didn’t spot any obvious scorch marks in the ruins.

The remaining parts of the building give a hint about the magnificent palace it must have once been. Many floors, intricate decoration and a good imagination indicate what it looked like in its glory days.


I climbed to the top of the tower and it was a very long way up! My legs were quivering but I’m not sure if that was due to vertigo in repsonse to the height or leg exhaustion due to the number of steps!
After the palace we went into St Michael’s Church which is just outside. The crowning glory on the steeple shows the royal use it used to have but the door which the Kings used to use has been bricked up.

 

The Linlithgow Museum has lots of historical information about the town and offered free admission with a children’s trail to keep them entertained.

We sepent the afternoon at Calderglen Country Park which has a small zoo, gardens and conservatory which currently has a dinosaur trail!

I had a few passive aggressive words (‘look how scared those poor animals are by those children’) to say about children banging on the glass: honestly why do some people refuse to parent their children?!

I hinestly thinkg that the kids would like a holiday where we just went from playground to playground. They had great fun at the one at Calderglen and we decided to let them relax on the play equipment reather than explore the rest of the park.

 


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My love-hate relationship with laundry

Love it or hate it, laundry is everywhere! Especially in our house!

You may notice that many of my pictures have drying washing in the background, although I do try to crop it out. Here I am bringing shame to my youngest whilst dancing to David Gibb‘s latest CD:
Here are the kids being zombies whilst washing dangles ominously behind them…

Laundry runs my life in a way that I never imagined possible until I owned my own home. The washing basket is rarely empty as a family of 5 makes a lot of mess! It can be heavy work carrying loads of washing around, back breaking lifting and hanging it out. There is nothing quite as sould destroying as watching your child throw themselves onto your nicely folded pile of clean laundry.
I also admit to quite a lot of pride that none of us have ever had a wardrobe panic because they have run out of pants or socks. It was a major turning point in our relationship when I began doing Chris’ washing and putting it away.

It is a labour of love. Sorting dirty washing says ‘I love you’, actions speak louder than words.
I now appreciate my own mum more for doing my washing for all those years! I used to laugh at her for hanging out washing on snowy days but now I appreciate that you can’t let a good drying day get away without a wash on the line! The pressure of checking the forecast and the anguish of an unexpected rain shower are bboth things that I grew up with but didn’t understand: now I do!
Following our 12 day holiday, I had a MOUNTAIN of washing to sort despite doing one load while we were away. One day I spent a whole hour sorting one lot of washing, putting it in the machine, hanging it, folding the previous load and matching socks, putting it in the airing cupboard and putting the load before that one away.

Is laundry a feminist issue? Am I perpetuating gender stereotypes? I don’t think so. I do the washing because I am home. I sort the washing because I am at home. I like knowing the state of everyone’s clothes to that I can plan for what new things need to be bought.
Chris is more than capable of doing the washing and often hangs it out at the weekends when he is around but he doesn’t know the minutiae of everyone’s wardrobes, he doesn’t have my system in place for being more efficient.
Is my washing work unappreciated…? Yes, and let’s be clear it IS work. My children might not appreciate it everyday but it makes their lives easier and one day they will take over the burden and THEN the appreciation will come. When they have their own families, they will understand that having clean pants in the drawer had my heart with it 🙂


Holiday 2019: remembering sporting greats and the union of Scotland and England

Dunblane was a hidden gem. The cathedral was beautiful and the person that welcomed us was so knowledgeable. We had a trail to follow to spot intricate details around the building, perfect for challenging children and parents!

There is a stone to mark the burial of the first wife of James IV who died with her sisters, possibly due to poisoning so that the country could make an alliance with England, and indeed James did marry Margaret Tudor shortly afterwards…

 

I remember writing in my diary as a fifteen year old of the tragedy of the Dunblane primary school killings and I was honoured to be able to offer a prayer by the sculpture commemorating the children and teacher who were killed on a normal school day in 1996.

 

My personal highlight of the day was seeing the golden post box, painted in honour of Sir Andy Murray (thankfully reinstated after being knocked over by a car 3 days earlier!)

 

The museum was another lovely place to visit with historical artefacts as well as Andy Murray memorabilia (I hadn’t realised he’d married in the cathedral).

Our next stop was the Wallace Monument. We decided not to actually go inside as Chris and I didn’t fancy climbing 200+ steps carrying Zach. The trek to the top of the hill was tough enough! Along the route to the monument are lots of items of interest depicting the history of Scotland.

We then ran into a couple of problems. The roads that Google was trying to send us down were closed so we had to find alternatives. I am not a fan of single lane steep country roads and was quite frankly terrified by some of the journey. We then came across other roads that were closed that Google didn’t know about.
We finally arrived at Doune Castle but the car park was full and we were advised to go back and park in the town. I jumped out to snap a quick pic but we thought that it was chockablock with tourists so we wouldn’t enjoy the visit. We decided to search for lunch instead.

We returned to Stirling and went to the Smith Museum and Art Gallery. Inside were the oldest football, believed to have been owned by Mary Queen of Scots, and the oldest curling stone.

The Church of the Holy Rude is the only church in the UK other than Westminster Abbey to be a working church that has held a coronation, in this case of James VI (and later James I of England). He was crowned there as a baby after the abdication of his mother Mary Queen of Scots.

We returned to our holiday cottage and decided to explore Palacerigg Country Park where it was based.