Today’s guest picture comes from my younger son Al and shows Matilda’s reaction on being told that granny and grandpa were coming to visit soon.
The business of the day was a drive to Edinburgh to visit Matilda. Mrs Tootlepedal is still coughing quite a bit, which is tiring for her, but was otherwise well enough for the trip. We drove to Edinburgh rather than taking the train because curiously enough we wanted to see a railway line.
They are rebuilding the old Waverley Line from Edinburgh through the borders as far as Galashiels and for a large part of its route it runs along the A7 so we were able to see the progress that has been made. The nearly all the embankments, bridges and tunnels all seem to be in place and the extensive construction team is in the process of laying the rails and putting in the ballast.
It would have been nice to stop and take some pictures but the trip to Edinburgh takes long enough without stopping and as we were in a steady stream of traffic, it would have been necessary to leave the road to find a safe parking spot and then walk back. I will make a special trip sometime in the new year.
The drive north itself was a treat with low mist coming and going over the hills and valleys in the sunshine and once again I wished that I had had the time (and the camera with me) to stop and stare.
But we pressed on and arrived just in time for me to go for a walk with Matilda and her father. It was a grey day in Edinburgh and we were all well wrapped up.
Even the wine merchants have a little Greek pillar work above the shop.
As we walked back, we could see Arthur’s Seat looming over an impressively tall terrace of typical Edinburgh houses.
Once home and woken up, Matilda tried on a fetching bonnet that her granny had knitted for her.
Al and Mrs Tootlepedal went out to fetch some tasty Italian snacks for our lunch and we were visited by Matilda’s aunt before we set off for another walk up to the centre of town to make a purchase at Argos. Matilda is literally a heavy responsibility, being already the size and weight of an average one year old and this is taking its toll on her parents’ backs so the trip was to purchase a comfortable mattress topping to help them sleep better. I hope it works.
By the time we got home, it dark and we were soon back in our car and heading back to Langholm. The traffic was very heavy but we still got back slightly quicker than we would have by train. All the same, although it is a bit quicker, driving feels much longer and I think we will be back on the train for our next visit.
No time for a flying bird of the day today.