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The weekend was moderately successful. The main business, the seventh birthday of the Captain and associated ceremonials passed off well.

My mum has arrived to help out with getting the holiday let house in good shape. She's a great gardener so she's giving the garden a good once over. She's also doing bit of DIY and generally being on hand to keep tradesmen focused. She also has a job to do exploring the village and surrounds and making friends with the locals.

My daughter came up from university for the weekend arriving on Friday.

I got home from a week of being successfully audited by internal audit fo find my family waiting for me and all well and in good spirits.

Family takeaway from the nice Thai takeaway with mum and dad, MLW, BB and the Captain. All very nice until my dad picked a fight with my mum about the need for more populism in the NHS and I called him a Faragist. (There being in my view a very important distinction between popular engagement and populist engagement.)

Saturday, no early morning football due to the Captain's foot injury. Mum and MLW made an early morning run to B&Q. Then the Rugby. A mass expedition of MLW, the Captain and I, the Captain's Good Friend and his dad, an old school friend of mine, her husband and their rugby mad son to Murrayfield to watch Scotland (still in contention for second) play Italy (still in contention for their first win of the tournament). Sadly for both teams neither was to be. In not great conditions for precision rugby Scotland ran in four tries for a 29-0 victory. This somewhat flattered us as the Italian kicker missed three straightforward kicks at goal and then gave up prompting a ten minute passage of Italy kicking for the corner and having their driving maul not work. So of Scotland's kicking out of hand was of questionable quality and value and the crowd got a bit bored, frustrated and restless. I'm not saying the crowd were unhappy but if not exactly disgruntled they were very far from gruntled. They cheered up after a well attended Mexican wave and the bonus point-winning fourth try. I'm told the game looked better on TV than from the North stand.

Fairwell Vern Cotter, but not I hope adieu to Scotland's more attacking, higher quality style of play.

The Captain had a small nap in the backseat of the car on the way home. He'd been very excited about his birthday, often waking during the night for a visit to our bed and was very, very tired. Happy but tired.

I introduced mum to rugby with the second half of the Wales - France match. Explaining the last 20 minutes put me on my metal but I think I managed to convey some of the game and she picked up on the potential moral hazard of the French doctor. As little as can be said about the England - Ireland game the better. Sadly, the chips did not fall where they needed to for Scotland to finish second, or even third and we ended the Six Nations with a muted 4th. I'd have taken that at the begining of the tournament. We must rue the missed opportunity for a fourth try against England.

Sunday arrived. Early. The Captain's party was at 10am in a massive softplay dome. It's the old Leith water park, now converted in to a muti-story climbing frame. It's definately the best in Edinburgh. He and his friends had a grand time. The event was well run by the venue staff and MLW. Everyone had a lovely time. My son has the sweatiest head in his class.

Home for presents, of which there were many. The quality of toys and co is definately higher than it was ten or twenty years ago. The main big present is a PlayStation 4 with Lego Dimensions. I have no idea what to do. Nor does the Captain. It took me hardly any time to set it up but a while for the controllers to charge up. A short play, then out for tea, then home for some more epic Lego adventuring.

All in all in a fine weekend.

Date: 2017-03-20 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alitheapipkin.livejournal.com
That sounds like a good weekend :)

I forgot to comment on your post about the holiday home - congratulations! The Boy and I are big fans of that area, you'll have to let me know when it's available, I'm happy to test drive it for you ;)

Date: 2017-03-20 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alitheapipkin.livejournal.com
Actually, I said that mainly as a cheeky joke but we have rented a lot of holiday cottages over the past few years and I'm quite fond of reading the feedback people leave in visitors books too so if you want any advice, I'd be happy to help out :)

Date: 2017-03-20 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com
We are totally open to either advice or road testing.

It's been really, really strange. Both me and MLW have asked about on social media and in person for people to road test the cottage. We've stayed in a few in our time but we'd really like a few people to come and check out if we've got things properly set up or not. So far the offer of a free long weekend or week in a cottage plus the grateful thanks of my family have produced not takers.

So, if you fancy visiting as a road tester in the next month or two you'd be most welcome.

Any advice gratefully received.

Oh and thank you.

Date: 2017-03-20 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alitheapipkin.livejournal.com
No takers for a free test run?? Well, you have one now :D

I'll message you on FB to arrange something!

Date: 2017-03-20 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] f4f3.livejournal.com
Hmm, maybe we could do a reciprocal arrangement, if you want to visit Argyll?

Date: 2017-03-21 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] f4f3.livejournal.com
Would that be Argyle Street?

Date: 2017-03-20 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com
It was a good weekend.

I'm a bit tired now.

Setting up the PS4 was a bit stressful, what with a seven year old sitting next to me hyperventaliting and my mum asking me questions about what it did, how the games worked, could I explain why the Welsh standing up in the scrum, how far to the restaurant was it, had she told me that the plumber had said nice things about her earings, etc, etc.


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