Saturday, February 20, 2010

Half term - what we did on Thursday

We got two days off for half-term - Thursday and Friday. Mr Life took them off too. This is what we did on Thursday. First, you should know that the building above...

... and above this, is where Mr Life used to work. It's a couple of minutes from our house - a building dating from the early 80s, quite impressive (we think) from the outside and beautifully finished inside. After he left, the company moved out to a building further out of town. Another firm moved in but then moved out again, and for - five? six? - years, the building has been empty and up for sale. Various companies considered buying it and turning it into flats, but it wasn't really suitable.

Yesterday morning, I passed it and saw this. It was horrible to stand and watch this quite famous building being destroyed. We've lived in our current house for 21 years and have passed it virtually every day.

I stuck my camera through a gap in the gate and got told off by a chap in a hard hat.

Then the day improved. The girls always have lunch together on Thursdays, so Mr Life and I joined them. Here is Mr Life, unaccountably without the top of his head, having a post-lunch cup of coffee and biscuit.

Here is Daughter 2 stealing a bite of his biscuit.

Daughter 1 improved the shining hour by knitting a headband...

... which will look like this. And we all wrote a card to Son, wishing he was with us.

Then the girls returned to work - well, someone has to - while Mr Life and I went to the Museum of Scotland, where among other things we looked at the train section. Mr Life likes trains.

Afterwards, on the way down to Princes Street, we passed this lawyers' office, which struck us as worth remembering about if we ever get into trouble with the police.

Half way down the Mound is the little Writers' Museum.

Here's a bit of the Bank of Scotland. It too has a little museum, which we visited.

Its money used to be kept in this iron chest. Pity it still isn't, what with the recent shenanigans.

Down the Mound steps, here's the Art Gallery beside the bus stop.

Getting off the bus, we wandered past the office again. Hmm.

Still, as my mum said, she saw sights like that all the time when she was working in London during the Blitz and it was much worse because people had been in them at the time.


  1. Anonymous6:10 pm

    Thanks for the tour! I hope to get to Edinburgh one day!

  2. Sounds like a lovely day!

  3. I enjoyed the photos and tour! :) All but the building tear down sounded lovely! :) Thank you for sharing with us about your day off! :) I think the lunch with your daughters sounded so nice!

  4. As long as I live, I'll never understand why people tear down perfectly good buildings. Because they can, I guess. They do that sort of thing here all the time, especially with schools. It drives me crazy -- it just seems to wasteful.

    Looks like you had a lovely half-term. Oh, to be there with you -- Edinburgh is so beautiful!

  5. Such an enjoyable post that you have given us, replete with photos and family. How attractive your family looks, and a very pretty nose in profile, too. But looking at the destruction of that building gives rise to all sorts of conflicting emotions, about waste in particular.

  6. Glad you had such a nice day. I hate the way fairly recent buildings are ripped down even when the design merits more respect - and plenty of monstrosities are left behind to blight the landscape.
    Husband may be going to Edinburgh soon, I shall expect him to visit interesting places and take lots of photos.

  7. There is something tragically beautiful about watching a building coming down....

  8. Oh, dear. I've often wondered whether this tearing down and remodeling of buildings is really necessary. Can't they be pressed into service as is? Wouldn't it be better for the environment than ripping everything to bits and using a bunch of new materials?

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  10. Ah yes, those Art Gallery steps - my friend Gillian sat down on them one night and wept bitterly and inconsolably. And that's when we realised we had to discourage her from drinking gin ever again.....

    So sad to see that building being torn down, especially as recycling isn't a demolisher's priority. So much waste, in all sorts of ways.

  11. We've just had half term as well, finished off with more snow so we couldn't go where we'd planned. Still it was nice to be at home.Enjoyed your tour, haven't been to your part of the world for a very long time.

  12. LOved the photo tour around Edinburgh:-)

  13. Thankyou for the trip out. I enjoy walking around with you. I wonder is the lawyers name is real or cleverly made up?

  14. And in my usual way, I will bring the comments down to my level by saying: I love the look of Mr Life's biscuit - where did you have lunch? (The photos were lovely, but the biscuit takes the.....well, you see where I am going with this.)

  15. A frightening contemplation, the thought that people dwelt in buildings as they were being destroyed.
    And still are, even in this day, in other countries.

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