Saturday, November 29, 2008

A walk in the sunshine

I don't have time to blog. But here are some pictures of the Botanic Gardens, one of our favourite places, where Daughter 2, Mr Life and I went for a walk two weeks ago.

We met a nice cat.

It's Saturday night, and I've just made two Christmas cakes, one for us and one for my mother. Now I must go and write notes for one of my classes on the book we've been reading, "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne. It's very simply written (good for this particular class) but also very relevant for yesterday, today and always. I want them to be able to remember it, partly for the exam in May but partly because it says such important things about prejudice and inhumanity.

I must also type up some other work stuff.

I would rather be walking in the sunshine with my lovely people.

But we can't always get what we want.
Do you know this rather amusing but sadly all-too-true poem - "Forgetfulness" by Billy Collins?
True of middle-aged people and also some of my classes, alas. (Where's that wicker basket when you need it?)


  1. Lovely photos, Isabelle. We went to Craigmillar Castle today and had great fun but sadly forgot to take the camera along. Off to Edinburgh Zoo in the morning to take advantage of free entry for St Andrew's Day

  2. Hi Isabelle,loved these photos. DH & I were in Scotland (which we both love)in September as part of a UK trip celebrating our 25th wedding Edinburgh is a fine and fascinating place! We stumbled on the Botanic Gardens entirely by accident and ended up spending most of our day there. What a beautiful place - and you probably have the best Wollomi pine outside OZ! It was cool then but perhaps not as cold as now.

  3. Oooh, I love Billy Collins -- thanks for the great link! I'm looking at that cute picture of Mr. Life and DD2 and waving madly!!!

  4. Oh Isabelle you do melancholy so well. 'Forgetfulness' by Billy..err.. is truly sad.

  5. I know it now......But by this evening ......! Wasn't that book written by an Irishman? I've heard a about it recently. I think they're making a film based on it.
    Lovely pics, especially of your "Lifes."

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  7. Beautiful photos on a lovely day, but everyone looks so C.O.L.D!
    All those coats and hats and gloves...brrr..makes me shiver just looking at you all!

  8. cheery? Hm, I just post when I'm cheery? :) I do try to look positively at most things. That's just my nature. :) Some days it takes a lot of effort, though!
    I don't have kids away from home, yet, however! I miss them when they're away for the evening! I understand you missing your son, for sure! I don't think you were complaining, you were just speaking to someone who adores her kids as much and can understand! No apologies necessary! :)