Tuesday, March 08, 2022


On Saturday we went up to Angus to visit Son and family, which was lovely. The weather was beautiful. 

The children played in the big playpark not too far from where they live and then we went back to their house. 

This is the view from their garden in one direction. It's very peaceful. If only it weren't such a trail to get there from here.

Medium Granddaughter, who's a dear little thing, is very good at swinging from the monkey bars in their garden. She's strong and light - an excellent combination. 

On Sunday - also a sunny day - we walked in the local park with the Edinburgh Two and their parents. That was very nice too.

And today we were back up at Son's, looking after Small Grandson while Son worked on the backlog of work paperwork that has built up. 

We went to Dundee Botanic gardens. Small Grandson likes the fish in the glasshouse ponds. 

This is another view over their garden today, when it was sunny but rather chilly. 

This is all very mundane - though pleasant for us. But there seem to be so many things to worry about at the moment that I feel a constant sinking of the heart - Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan. Poor Ukraine. I taught a very nice Ukrainian student long ago. She was clever and wanted to do medicine, but hadn't been here very long and her written English wasn't good enough for her to get the requisite grade in Higher English. I always wondered what happened to her. I hope she managed to fulfil her potential in some way or another. She'd be in her 30s now. 

And, closer to home, various family members are moving/trying to move/thinking of moving house. No huge problems compared to those on other sides of the world, but - always something to think about in the stilly watches of the night. 



  1. I too am sick at heart for the country and the world. And sickened by some people's attitudes in the U.S. It's hard to remain positive although grandchildren help. And nice weather.

  2. It is all rather overwhelming at the moment, isn't it. I wake in the night and immediately think - "it's daytime over there, and people are being killed, indiscriminately, and fleeing in terror." And I can't see how it will be resolved.

    On the home front, New Zealand has Omicron raging through the country. Most of us are triple vaxed, and now the children have had 1 shot, but it's still meaning we are keeping to open air venues, and having groceries delivered. The daycare asked everyone to keep their children at home if they possibly could, so we had an extra day with our darling, and went out to a wonderful private conservation farm, where the animals are largely running free. Kaka, weka and Kuni-kuni pigs, as well as ducks, swans, every kind of bird and parrot, goats, horses, deer, peacocks, and a huge trout and eel pool. It restored my equilibrium, and she slept all the way (55 minute drive). A lovely 'home-made food cafe, sitting outside in the sun to eat, so safe for us all. What more could you ask for.

  3. It's been far too long since I visited your blog Pam. It is a little haven of peace in a horrible world. We've had the worst floods in our country's history in two states, and I can't imagine life will ever be the same for the thousands of people who have lost their homes, as well as businesses gone. All too soon after we were just starting to get back to normal after two years of COVID lockdowns etc.
    The Ukraine situation makes me feel ill. So helpless. I wish I could do something but I can't.
    Thank you for encouraging me to keep my blog up to date. I have now updated it with what I've sewn in 2021 and so far this year.

  4. Is being too nice a weakness?
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