This past weekend we travelled down to Glasgow, to familiarise ourselves with the many different neighbourhoods and to begin thinking about where we might eventually settle. On the way down we stopped at Gloagburn Farm Shop for lunch, on the recommendation of Lorna’s Tearoom Delights book. And it was delicious! I had a sweet potato, coconut and lime soup. As you can imagine, the Dafter’s ME makes travelling difficult, but she was determined to make the journey, and we want her to be involved in the decisions about our next chapter. Here she is joking around and cheekily showing you a silly photo of me.
And laughing at her joke!
She is such a delight, even when very poorly. By the way, do you see the lovely sheepy plate? And the children’s hi-viz jackets in the background? Gloagburn is a very interesting place.
As well as driving ourselves slightly insane trying to navigate Glasgow, we had a celebration – our 25th wedding anniversary! We went to the Burrell Collection, which is a new building located in the middle of a vast park in the south side of Glasgow. The cafe was very full:
We sat behind a family with twin babies, as you can see from the pram. Outside the wall of windows, the park is very expansive. I love that early-spring look of the birch trees:
You can almost see the sap rising at this time of year – they get a sort of pinky tinge I think.
Here’s a photo the Dafter took of us:
We’d agreed that with everything else going on, we’d celebrate in a very low-key way, and Michael had bought flowers and arranged a special breakfast. I’d said to the Dafter that I couldn’t think of something to give him, especially since I had very little time or money. She first of all made the brilliant suggestion of making a list of 25 happy memories of our time together. Then she said, “Get him a silver gel pen!” I loved the idea, and so as well as the list, I presented him with a silver bag full of silver-wrapped gifts. Here’s the first:
Silver cake decorations! The Dafter enjoyed watching his face as much as I did:
All in all, he received silver sixpence wedding favours, cookie cutters, silver gel pen, a silver heart, silver cake decorations, silver chocolates and a “silver” spoon:
I should mention that we nabbed the last three pieces of cake they had, arriving on the late side! And the Dafter had picked out a lovely celebratory outfit:
So it was great fun. A strange twist to the day was receiving an email from a friend, saying that she’d just unearthed a note from me, written exactly 20 years before (on our 5th wedding anniversary, although she didn’t know it was a special day). Synchronicity!
We hit a patch of horizontal snow on the drive home. It was blowing so fiercely that it only seemed to stick to the more upright surfaces such as the hills. When we stopped at Finavon, I could imagine we were somewhere in Vermont!
So a silvery end to our special weekend.
I wish you all a good rest of the week, and Happy February!