The last 2 weeks have been mental!

Classic pose

Classic pose

We have sent our Dutch visitors Tom and Greeta back to Petten happy and smiling and more than impressed with the great country that is Scotland. We took them to see Glamis Castle, the Falkirk Wheel, St. Andrews, the Beech Hedges at Meiklour, Dundee Law, the Verdant Works museum, a private viewing inside Camperdown House (the original Kamperduin is a mile from their house) the Tay Whale in the McManus Galleries and Birnam Highland Games.

Look at the size of his!

Look at the size of his!

They had mince and tatties, a fish supper, bacon and eggs for breakfast, a pair of Arbroath Smokies, had a drink in Mennies, their first ever pub and attended the folk night in the Fisherman’s Tavern in Broughty Ferry. They even got to my granddaughter’s birthday party where they were introduced to a girl from Schaggen (not pronounced the way you are thinking) near where they live in Holland.

Wonderful music!

Wonderful music!

Well, you can't not do this one.

Well, you can’t not do this one.

Next we hired a van, loaded it up with hand me downs from various family and friends, added some new stuff like a bed and mattress and took it all to Scott’s new flat in New Carron, Falkirk. That was the easy bit: building the ottoman bed was a killer! Scott has started work with Falkirk Council and will soon be running the GP referrals at the new gym in Stenhousemuir. Well done, son!

My first flat was a tad less well-appointed!

My first flat was a tad less well-appointed!

Simultaneously we put the flat on Gumtree for the forthcoming year, had loads of interest but all failed for various reasons and it is now in the good hands of a professional letting agent. So if you know someone needing a luxury penthouse flat in Dundee………

The view

The view

And then on Wednesday morning, with the flat cleared, we left, drove to Leeds for tea with Terry and Ellen, left at midnight and drove to Poole ferry terminal where we got the 8.30 boat to Cherbourg this morning, after which we drove a further 330 miles to our hotel in Niort, France where I’m writing this.

Atmospheric sunrise pic on ferry

Atmospheric sunrise pic on ferry

So nothing much has happened really! I’ll tell you about the rest of the summer (Oh yes, there’s more!) later. Bye for now, George and Mary XX

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