Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A good time was had by all....

What an absolutely packed weekend! We had our re-scheduled Edinburgh weekend after both getting evil flu at the end of January, so headed off to visit the Chisholm family on Friday afternoon.

Saturday's plan was to walk from their place along the Water of Leith to the Gallery of Modern Art to see the Peploe exhibition, the girls making their way by bicycle.  Little did we realise how far it really was, with a fair amount of discussion and the checking of iPhones to work out the way!  In the end it was probably about 3 - 3.5mi, and the girls did really well even if they had to be bribed with sweets and chocolate in the end.  I've never walked along that section of the Water of Leith and it was interesting to see all the different architecture of the city from that viewpoint, a bonus that we had blue skies and no rain.

Check out the hedges on these allotments!

The Peploe exhibition was really interesting  I knew nothing about the Scottish Colourists so it was an eye opener.  The development of Peploe's styles of painting and experimentation were highlighted well in the exhibition and even managed to keep the interest of the girls.  My favourites were his still life studies of tulips - I love the colours used, and the sharp lines.

We were all knackered after the walk and the wandering around the Gallery, so we cheated and got a taxi back - even managed to get the girls bikes in as well (fortunately they're only little!).  Then some quality flumping with tea and chocolate brownies.  I don't know how it happened but my confession about a hankering for fishfingers turned into a "let's have fishfingers for tea", so we did.  With sweet potato mash and peas, followed by apple and raspberry strudel. It was super yummy!

Sunday was a lazy start - apart from A going for a run, and we had pancakes with streaky bacon and maple syrup.  Then off to the beach at Yellowcraig for some sandcastle building, kite flying and frizbee action. Another top weather day, really didn't feel like Edinburgh in February - although a little more wind would have helped with the kite.

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