Sunday, September 26, 2021

Out and about

On Monday we decided to take the children up north a bit, to see a couple of local things of interest, with Daughter 1. But on the motorway, a couple of hundred yards ahead of us, four cars crashed into one another. (No one was seriously hurt, as it turns out.) And we were stuck for three hours, as above. 

After about two hours, Biggest Granddaughter, who's only 8, really needed to go to the loo. We had no receptacles with us. The only choices were the road beside us or the bare, sloping grassy bank on the other side of this coach. So I went and asked the coach driver if she could possibly use the toilet on his coach, and he immediately said yes. What a nice man!

Once we eventually got going and could turn off the road, we decided just to go home again. We'll visit these places another day. We went round various roundabouts, got back on to the road in the opposite direction, and drove past  a good ten miles of stationary traffic - people who had no idea how long they'd be there and who didn't know that, further up the road, vehicles were actually filtering slowly past the accident scene. 

When we got home, Big Grandson wrote this ironic "To Do" list, with the first item as above. Tick.

My brother and sister-in-law came to visit on Tuesday for a week. I got my brother to go through with me some of our father's archives, such as these magazines from the late 40s and early 50s. Dad had articles published in them, which I never knew about. 

Son-in-Law 1, who's interested in electronics, read them with more attention than I had. 

Dad also had an article in The Scottish Schoolmaster ("Mathematics in Electrical Research") in 1949, with a letter from the editor asking for more. I wonder if he always meant to write more journalism and then got too busy? 

We've been having a nice time with Brother and his wife, having coffees, going for walks and so on. 

Today we all had lunch with the Edinburgh family at Swanston and then went for a walk, admiring the cottages of Swanston Village, built in the early 1700s and still occupied. Swanston comes from Sweinn's Town or farm. Sweinn appears in the records in 1214, agreeing to work this land. I expect he'd be pleased that his name has persisted down the centuries. 

He'd be surprised to see the cars, though. 


  1. If I was stuck in traffic for 3 hours I would be with Biggest Granddaughter looking for a toilet. So convenient the bus was there with such an obliging driver.
    Love the thatched cottages.

  2. 3 hours is definitely past my limit for needing to go to the bathroom and I abhor sitting in traffic. (not used to it at all) So nice to spend time with family!

  3. I was told a nifty trick for privacy in stuck traffic is to open front and back doors to form a sort of cubicle, although not possible in your case in an outside lane. What wonderful luck to have a loo parked next to you. But still dire. We have gone nowhere as no petrol and needed to conserve what we had for an upcoming ‘summer’ holiday. Still not sure if we can go.

    1. I thought of your idea afterwards! I thought, with a couple of picnic rugs, we might have given her some privacy. Next time! I hope you get away on your holiday.

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