Pushing and singing

Today’s guest picture shows a fine opportunity for tree climbing spotted by my sister Susan when walking in Regent’s Park.  She adds that she would need to shed sixty years to enjoy the opportunity herself.

tree in regent's ParkI was on family duty today as Mrs Tootlepedal and I went off to Edinburgh to visit the world’s greatest baby.  Unlike the wet and windy weather of last week, it was calm and sunny as the sheep welcomed us to Lockerbie High Street.

Lockerbie sheepAnd the station was bathed in sunshine….

Lockerbie Station…which made waiting an extra few minutes for the train to arrive behind schedule no great pain.

We got off at Haymarket when we got to Edinburgh so that we could enjoy a ride along Princes Street on one of the new trams.

tramsThey are very smart and helpfully labelled as you can see in case you should mistake one of them for a taxi or possibly a bunch of carrots.

We didn’t have to wait long for one going in our direction.

tramThis was my first trip on this tram system which cost a fortune and took far longer to build than was planned.  I don’t know if it is worth the time and expense but it was certainly a very enjoyable ride. As a bonus, the tram terminus is just opposite the John Lewis store where Mrs Tootlepedal had arranged to click and collect some fine alpaca and merino wool which she is going to knit into a scarf.

Clare and Matilda were waiting for us when we finally arrived.

Clare and matildaAmazingly, since she was only born yesterday, Matilda turns out to be almost six months old.  She was quite pleased to see us.

MatildaI have received representations from other grandparents regarding Matilda’s status as the world’s greatest baby.  They have implied that other babies of their acquaintance may be worthy of the title too but this just goes to show how self absorbed and lacking in judgement these people are.

We set out for a very late lunch with Matilda.  For the first time she was going to test the personal transport solution in a semi sitting up position rather than lying flat.  This involved mother, granny and auntie in some elaborate preparations.

Matilda's push chairAs the weather had taken a gloomy turn, Matilda was also wearing a fine new hat.  It worked very well when she looked to her right….

matilda's new hat…but had some teething problems when she looked to the left.

matilda's new hatStill, we managed to navigate to a converted drill hall, now an arts centre with a café where we had some nourishing soup and a roll for lunch.  It fell to me to provide the motive force for the personal transport solution on the way home and as Matilda was inclined to cry a little, I tried singing her a little song as we went along.  It worked a treat and she stopped crying as soon as I started to sing.

I sang gently to her all the way home and this had the added advantage of clearing a way for us up the busy pavements of Easter Road, as pedestrians tended to give us a very wide berth when they saw an obviously demented old man pushing a pram and crooning as he came towards them.

Matilda had cheered up after listening to my song (lyrics: “O Matilda, O Matilda, I am singing as we walk along, O Matilda, O Matilda, what a very, very silly song.” sung ad infintum.) and played happily in her baby gym when we got back.

All too soon it was time to walk back to the station.  The gloomy weather had  cleared up as we walked past Arthur’s Seat….

Arthur's Seat….and up the Royal Mile.

Royal MileWe turned down towards the station and looked across the railway lines.  The station is built on the site of a drained loch and the railway lines run along a natural valley through the heart of the city.

Carlton HillThe main road from the New Town to the Old Town runs across the railway lines on an imposing bridge.

North BridgeLooking across the station roof, I could see the grandiose memorial to Sir Walter Scott.

scott monumentWe were in nice time for our train, which was punctual and comfortable and we were very much entertained by two young ladies from the events catering trade who shared our table with us and kept up an incessant stream of indiscreet trade talk ignoring our presence for the whole hour until we got off at Lockerbie.   This made the time pass very quickly.

The drive home was enlivened by several unexpected and unpredictable short sections of thick fog along the road which certainly kept us concentrating hard.

I didn’t have the opportunity to catch a flying bird in all this excitement so a perching blue tit at breakfast is the best that I can do,

blue tit

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

39 thoughts on “Pushing and singing

  1. Lucky you, that Mathilda fell for the soothing influence of your singing. When I tried years ago the same with our own offspring he just cried all the more. Maybe he already then had a better taste for music than me. – Btw these Edinburgh trains look very futuristic.

      1. The tram-network indeed was made by Germans (Siemens and Bilfinger/Berger) but the vehicles are of Spanish origin (CAF) .

  2. Charming post. Heart-warming especially the picture of the four girls all smiles. Also good to see all the transport pictures. Is there an explanation for the sheep?

    1. There are two groups of sculpted sheep in the centre of the Lockerbie to recognise its historical importance as a sheep market town. They are very good sculptures if you like verisimilitude.

  3. On our recent trip to Scotland it was a joy to have choices when it came to getting from point A to B. In the states for distances to short to fly it’s usually the car or nothing.

  4. Loved the pictures of Matilda and enjoyed being shown round Edinburgh. Singing, in my experience, often works with small children and I am sure your pleasant tenor had a very soothing effect.

  5. The trams look very ‘state of the art’ to use a hackneyed phrase. I know that the tram systems in Manchester and Sheffield have been ‘a good thing’ and worth all the money spent on them. I loved seeing Matilda in her new hat!

  6. Wonderful photos of Edinburgh and the world’s greatest baby. Have only encountered the dreadful traffic delays caused by the tram works – one of these days would love to try our a tram or two.

  7. What a splendid record of your visit – and the hat looks very cosy !
    I was also most impressed by the new trams.

  8. As a grandmother to two young ladies, now no longer babies, I would say you have the upper hand with the world’s greatest baby claim. A few years ago I might have disagreed. Matilda’s hat is very much like one I have myself, if you tie the ear flaps it tends to stay put better. 🙂

  9. It looked like a fabulous day with the Worlds Greatest Baby. I enjoyed your photos of her and the lovely shots of Edinburgh. Am looking forward to seeing what fabulous thing Mrs. T creates out of the wool. While we were in Vermont I was so excited to bring my best friend some Vermont Alpaca yarn and also some from a blue-face sheep. She is quite into crochet, so I told her she had to make something fancy for herself, no dishrags or hats for little people. 🙂

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