This last year has been well documented by me, but I will post a few photos here too!
As is the way, there has been highs (many) and lows (few), but that is life. How we cope with the lows is the important thing, with support of family and friends.
Reading through my blogs for this year has brought many a smile to my face and I hope that 2018 has as many wonderful moments!
There are three weddings to attend: Kevin is starting to feel all aquiver with the thought of outfits, shoes etc ( for me 😉). Exciting times!
Parkrun will continue as I try to improve my fitness and health.
Perhaps 2018 should have more spontaneity and less planned things, we shall see….
Andrew and Lis are over in April, and that will provide early celebrations for 30th (Andrew) and 60th (Kevin) birthdays 🎂
I wish everyone a great New Year full of what makes you happy, today, tomorrow, forever xxx
Today we went into the city to have on last amble round, Colin went off gift shopping, whilst Kevin and I browsed.
Kevin, unusually bought something, a tie, whilst I bought gifts for my friend’s, Debbie, new grandsons, born the day previously.
It is so strange to see the Christmas decorations around whilst walking in this heat.
I did visit a nail salon as I have ‘lost’ 3 nails!
We all met for lunch and went to Jimmy’s on the Mall, which coincidentally was where we saw Jonny Bairstow the other evening. We enjoyed a lovely late lunch/early dinner whilst watching the cricket!
Opposite the restaurant there was a bridal shop, and also another shop name that reminded me of recent events!
Once back at the apartment we got ready for the evening’s sojourn at the Suncorp Stadium.
We had high hopes for a real contest, but Australia were just too good. Fiji had chances, but could rarely punch a hole in the defence, and were obviously tired out from all the defending they had to do.
Great that their supporters were so vociferous!
A slow walk back to Roma Street and then home. An usually ‘late’ night for us!
The ultimate goal of our road trip was to attend the Final today at Murrayfield, and so it was, Saracens v Clermont Auvergne.
I even purchased a rugby top for the occasion!
The weather forecast was poor and we left North Berwick on foot to catch the train to Edinburgh Haymarket. Drizzle became quite heavy rain, the first for 6 weeks.
We decided to have lunch at a favourite of ours Omar Khayyam and it didn’t disappoint.
Whilst eating the cloud broke and blue sky was seen! A walk to the stadium ensued where we met a variety of fans along the way. There were the French, Irish, Scots and English. I have always thought of Rugby fans as more convivial than football but today that perception was shaken.
Match underway and it swung from looking tight, to a Sarries romp, then back again. There was very flowery language from a particular young lady behind us and I can’t quite get my head round why people pay so much to be rude about other teams and just not enjoy the spectacle. A possible red card was discounted and some missed kicks and all square again. Just before half time though, a full cup of beer ‘fell’ from above onto primarily a Warriors fan, the lady was drenched, and other people beside and in fronted her too. Very poor show!
The second half had a few thrills and spills and a nervy time led to final whistle on a Saracen win 17-28! Hugs all round amongst the staunch fans at another final.
We watched the presentations and commiserated with Clermont and their fans. We then took our leave to return home, and to celebrate with tea and biscuits!!
Tomorrow we pack again and make our way to Bakewell as we approach the final leg of our journey!