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Tag: Scotland

Weeknote 43/2022

Autumn leaves

It’s fair to say that I’m not a fan of this time of year. Yes lovely autumn colours and let’s get the snuggly jumpers out, but given it was was only a few weeks ago I was rocking shorts, sunglasses, and a t-shirt, I’m still in a state of shock. Where did the light go?

After working on Monday, I spent most of this week fighting off a cold in rainy Scotland at a pretty average Airbnb near Dundee. Our first choice one in Dumfries & Galloway wasn’t available, which makes me sad because I think we’d have had a better time.

It wasn’t terrible, but I didn’t sleep very well, there wasn’t loads to do that didn’t involve driving somewhere, and food prices in rural Scotland are insane. Still, we managed to entertain the kids at Glamis Castle (the setting for Macbeth), the V&A Dundee, and by visiting St Andrews. The latter was interesting despite, rather than because of, its connection to golf and royalty.

We returned on Friday night to watch my son play an exhibition match at the Newcastle Eagles arena before the pros played against Plymouth. Good stuff.

Next week, I’ll mostly be counting down the clock until Christmas working on various client projects and making remarks about how the nights are drawing in. No, I won’t be celebrating Halloween.

Are you sure we’re not supposed to hibernate until the springtime?

Photo of autumnal leaves taken near our Airbnb. If I’d taken it two seconds earlier I’d have captured lots of geese flying past overhead…