Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Husband's Day

On Friday I went out with members of my department and they gave me farewell presents! Very sweet.

Sunday was Father's Day but, unprecedentedly (and sadly) we had no offspring around. So Mr Life and I went to the Bird Cage in Musselburgh to have lunch. It's a restaurant in converted industrial buildings - rather interestingly done, we thought.

Happy Father's Day, Mr Life.

Musselburgh is a small town which is joined on to the eastern side of Edinburgh, and Mr Life used to live there when I first knew him. So after lunch, we went for a reminiscent walk along the side of the River Esk, where we used to walk in our boyfriend/girlfriend days. We used to take Randy, his family's somewhat bonkers spaniel, with us. Randy was deeply suspicious of my intentions towards his man.

Mr Life points out where Randy fell in and had to be rescued. It's further down than it looks.

Not sure what these lilac-coloured flowers are. Must look them up.

These houses have a nice rural outlook. I would really like to live in a house with a view.

We went round by Daughter 1's house - she'd had her in-laws for the weekend, but they'd just left - and she gave Mr Life a card and a present. Can you see the patchwork cover she's making for Baby Life? It's on the sofa to the left. And Mr Life is leaning on what's going to be a cushion cover.

And these are her sock monkeys. They're bright, you have to admit.

Must rush - "The Apprentice" is just starting! (Guilty pleasure...)


Meg said...

Love the photo of Mr Life and DD1.
I've often wondered what it is like to live most/all of your life in one area (by choice, I mean!). It must be good to know that a place is yours, deep down in your bones. I love travelling but also love coming home, although sometimes I wonder which place in Oz I do actually call home.
On another note, I wish you a thoroughly enjoyable retirement!

herhimnbryn said...

Happy everything to you both!

Stomper Girl said...

They look like well-chosen and thoughtful presents from your colleagues. I find it very touching when people put in effort like that.

Love those rainbow sock monkeys. I'm sure Baby Life will too.

Jess said...

Mr. Life has a great face. Happy Fathers Day, Mr. Life!

Congratulations on your retirement, Isabelle!

The Mof said...

Congratulations on your retirement.You will probably find that you will be busier than you were when you were working!

The mauve flowers by the river look like Comfrey. I noticed a lot of it by the River Nith when we were there.

The restaurant in Musselburgh sounds interesting and Mr Life's meal looks yummy. Must store that name away for future reference!

Jane said...

Hope you (and Mr Life) have a very happy retirement, Isabelle.

Suse said...

Happy retirement!

I kept scrolling down, expecting at any minute to see a photo of a steam train. I was sure Mr Life's ideal fathers day would involve looking at a train somewhere.

Thimbleanna said...

It begins! Congratulations on your retirement Mrs. Life -- what an accomplishment. I love the picture of DD1 and Mr. Life (although we've missed the baby bump LOL). I never realized how much DD1 looks like her father either -- what a cute picture!

Gina E. said...

Your work colleagues have excellent taste - I would be very happy with most if not all, of those goodies for farewell gifts!
So, you didn't have your offspring with you on Father's Day, but hey, that looks like an idyllic day for the two of you.

Lynda said...

Awwwwww, The Apprentice! We really, really do have to have a chat soon! (About how scary Jim is......)

Marcheline said...

He is SO cute! I could pinch his face. Glad you guys made a day of it.

The sock monkey picture is creeping me out - they look huge and menacing (like clowns), and I had to stifle the urge to yell out to Mr. Life to watch his back.

Gillie said...

I agree with Meg, never having had a place I can truly call home except anywhere that the World Traveller is. I'm in Seattle waiting for a flight to Chicago then Manchester -three weeks in the States and I'm ready for a smaller place lol! Enjoy your retirement - the Spanish word is jubilada which is rather nice!

Lucy said...

I love this post, mr Life looks so lovely - I'll pinch his face after Marcheline - and the restaurant and food look yummy, and I like the stories about Randy falling in the river, and Baby Life will have such a bright creative mum, and sock monkeys for friends. Did she knit those?

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