Sunday, May 08, 2016

There and back again

We've been away to Crieff Hydro with the extended family: our lot and two of their spouses (actor husband was too busy) and my brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew and nephew's young lady. It was fun, though not precisely restful.

This is the view from outside our lodges.

Here we're about to engage in a hotly-contested game of Articulate.

We walked beside the Earn.

We celebrated my brother and sister-in-law's ruby wedding (congratulations, P and S).

Some of us bounced on a giant trampoline.

Some of us swung on a hammock in McRostie Park (which was called McCrostie Park when we were little). It was rather chilly, especially that day.

There were slides in the playpark at the Hydro.

There was plenty of room in the lodges for rail layouts.

We climbed the Knock, as we always do, puffing only slightly.

 And back down again.

Some of us visited Drummond Castle. We had just missed the spring bulbs and were too early for the summer bedding, but just the bones of the gardens are worth seeing.

And then we came home again and everyone went away - but the Edinburgh ones were back today. After a brief but gruelling game of Squashing Granny On The Grass, they checked out the sandpit, which you wouldn't think would be as exciting as slides and trampolines and the McRostie Park, but they didn't seem to mind.


  1. What lovely happy family get togethers you have. Sand has re-entered our lives outdoors and of course in. We could only run to a washing up bowlful but it was a great success.
    We have had a weekend of grand-daughter and Ma-Ma is much jumped upon also.

  2. What fun! You've made some beautiful memories.

  3. I so enjoy reading about your time with the family, thank you for writing about it.

    I also like your changing header, glass holds a fascination for me too.

  4. What a wonderful family you have! And how you all know how to enjoy time together!

  5. Squashing Granny on the Grass sounds like fun. My two (very large, 18 and 16 year old) boys would like to have a note of the rules. I suspect my mother will not thank you if you oblige.....

  6. I love the photos and all the fun and interesting times you have as a family!

  7. What a fantastic break it looks and sounds.

    I can't imagine ever playing Squashing Granny on the Grass with my Nana. She was lovely but a little serious and, as I am the youngest child of a youngest child, rather too old for that sort of game!!

    Your lucky grandchildren to have a squashable (and willing to be squashed) granny!! Lxx

  8. What a lovely holiday you all had - and something for everyone too! I notice your young lad is still loving his trains and tracks - I suspect there's a career in engineering in his future,perhaps ?

  9. Giggling at Squashing Granny on the only grandma was WAAAY too old for that kind of fun when I was small. There's a lot to be said for having kids when you're young, so they can have kids while they're young, which means you are still a young and fit granny!!