You know those days that start off with one thing planned and then end up flying off in a totally different direction? Sometimes the diversion isn’t pleasant and sometimes it’s absolutely brilliant! Well, Friday was one of those brilliant days.
Fridays are usually kept free in GGHQ … they’re an opportunity to catch up with work that’s not been finished or to go out somewhere or just to chill. It was another beautiful day so I thought I’d take advantage of our Historic Scotland membership and visit Cairnpapple Hill … enjoying time out in the fresh air along with learning a wee bit more of the history of our beautiful country.
All three boys and I piled into the Great Behemoth, set the sat nav and headed off arriving safely at Cairnpapple Hill with no wrong turns (not altogether usual for me).
We sorted out the backpack with bottles of water and snacks, checked our shoes, tied hoodies round our waists in case it got chilly as we climbed … and turned round to see this …
Nope! Never! Not on your life! Are you wise?
There is no danger I’m going anywhere that has a sign warning of a bull in the field. It appears I wasn’t alone as Son No2 & Son No3 jumped back into the Great Behemoth and shut the doors. I mean, it wasn’t as if it was an empty warning for at the top of the wooden steps we were about to start climbing was standing the most massive bull I have ever seen … or so I thought … as the bull lumbered forward a few steps we realised that, quite clearly, she was definitely not a he! But anyway, Cairnpapple Hill may well be very interesting, have a lot of history and be somewhere we would have enjoyed visiting but it’s never going to happen!
Climbing back into the Great Behemoth I had a quick search to see what else was nearby and, most importantly, free. We landed on Malleny Garden, a National Trust for Scotland property in Balerno, Edinburgh. Setting the sat nav once more we took off flying along country roads (I’m sure I’d love being a rally driver) and landed safely at Malleny Garden.
It was beautiful, peaceful and all four of us enjoyed spying different plants and trees. We even found a pond with tadpoles in it (and even more importantly, my water magnetised son stayed dry!).
It was a lovely way to end another good week here at GGHQ which included an afternoon out for Son No1 and I visiting another home educating family. There is something special about time alone with one of my boys, sometimes it’s not so easy to arrange but we both enjoyed our time together as we travelled, chatting together, laughing about funny things, trying to find solutions to problems and, of course, listening to music. The afternoon was great in so many ways … I benefited so much from talking with another HE mum who has years of HE experience … we compared notes and talked about things that worked and things that didn’t. Son No1 loved spending time with lads his age and disappeared off on a quad bike exploring.
Last week also saw our long-awaited trip to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow for Son No1’s spine MRI. It was the first MRI experience for any of us and wow, it was noisy! Unfortunately tics mean that it’s hard for my lad to stay still but he tried really hard and the radiographer was confident that she had managed to get the best images she could. Now for the long old wait for results … we couldn’t make the original appointment given so the next available is October! Thankfully we’ve no real concerns about the results, the MRI is more to rule out any problems before making a decision on surgery on my boy’s legs.
And because I can’t post without mentioning any of the less human members of the household … our chickens are now all laying eggs … in true GG style the white hen lays brown eggs and the brown hen lays white ones! And Princess Leia is maintaining her disgust at the arrival of chickens, refuses to go into the back garden where they are, preferring instead to spend her time sitting in the plant pot glaring at us … whoever says animals don’t have facial expressions! She’s going to get a wee fright soon as that pot is ear-marked for the leeks to be planted in!