Monthly Archives: October 2012

Oh what a week indeed

Just back from a little holiday with Noah up in the Scottish Borders – but that’s for another blog when I have time to sort through the many photos I took while I was there. We also had a little traveling problem and i will update you all soon I promise.

One thing I will say while I was away with no internet and no mobile phone, how wonderful it was to be unreachable it was no me, surrounded by hills, forests  a big river and Loch- which Noah loved playing and swimming in. A wonderful reflection time. It has been a very stressful time, these past 18 months, that I’m pretty sure is causing all the health problems I have been having. After a few days off pure bliss just me & dog, I’m feeling refreshed although my legs and feet are a bit achy from all the walking that I did.  Just hope they don’t give way as I have a salsa congress this weekend in Jersey.  I’m sure Noah is feeling the same, as he didn’t want to go out for a walk yesterday. Don’t get me wrong, I did miss my daughter, but it was nice to have sometime on my own. Now that I have updated my blog, I really must get to bed, I have an early morning flight to catch, I will keep you all, posted of my time there and of course show you my photographs.  After all it’s not just Noah that gets to have adventures. His owner needs some too.

 

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Noah’s 1st train ride

Decided now that Noah is getting older he needs more adventures in his life, and certainly me too. I’m going to try at least one a month to go to new places to explore, I get rather bored going on the same walks around where I stay. I’m sure Noah does too. Beginning of October Noah went on his First Train Ride. I never knew that dogs could travel on trains as I had never saw any, whenever I had to travel. I love the countryside and since having Noah even more so. The things that’s happened while on our travels speaks volume’s to me that I really must learn to drive. Noah got rather impatient while waiting for the bus into town, that it got later to go for the train ride than intended. He was rather fidgety on the bus, not settling very well and barking, he would only stop if people were talking to him or petting him. He is getting rather spoilt whenever we travel, as people can’t resist his good looks. After burning off some of his energy we headed for the train station.

Noah and Adam

Some refreshments before boarding

Told you no one can resist him

On our way to board the train

Found a spacious area to sit

An East coast train

“Yikes I wonder where I’m going”

A view of  firth of fourth

After 40 mins we arrived to our destination. we all had a great day out. We headed back to the train station a little tired, a little wet and rather hungry. We stopped off in town to get some fish and chips, couldn’t believe it when I got two fish and a fairly decent size too with my supper, now if I had been in Edinburgh, I probably would only have received a measly one.

We had a little time before the train was due, so we sat down to enjoy our food. Noah enjoyed having a little of the fish, didn’t want to give him too much; as I didn’t want him to be sick on the train or bus going home. I had a chance to take more photographs too.

Although I do have to say we got home rather late that intended, all to do with me having a little mishap.

The train back home

I forgot my rucksack, I had left it on the platform bench. I hadn’t even noticed until I sat down, and the train was moving off. Panic set in. I asked my daughter if she had picked it up, as I had taken it off to retrieve a drink, then went off for a cigarette and left it sitting next to the carrier back with both our books in, that we had bought earlier. Nope she had the carrier bag, but not my rucksack. I went one stop and headed back to see if it would still be there. My daughter stayed on the train with Adam, while I got off with Noah. Everything happened so quickly and when you panic you don’t think properly, my daughter later informs me I should have left Noah with them. Noah and I had a half hour wait until the train would come, to head back to see if my rucksack would be there.

So we sat waiting on a dark and lonely platform and I couldn’t believe how stupid I was to forget my bag. I had no money and battery was just about to go dead. My daughter called to say she would leave money at the train service to ensure I would get home okay, and that she ad reported it to train services and also called the police in Burntisland.  There wasn’t another train due at that platform until the next one to Edinburgh which I would be catching back. After half an hour we reached the other platform – no Rucksack.  we had another half hour wait to catch the train back home.

The positive side in all this, we met a some lovely people who were quite taken with Noah – he always gets attention wherever we go. One chap who came over to pat Noah,  was so taken with him. He told me that Noah reminded him off his own dog, a border collie; who had died a couple of years previously after a long and happy life. Who he really still missed a lot. After chatting and patting Noah, he turned round to his wife and said “We really must get another dog”. He had been in two minds whether to get another dog, and after spending time with Noah, his mind was made up. He tells me maybe he could get a rescue border collie. I wish him well. Another chap with his wife and toddler tells me he grew up with border collies on a farm in Belfast. He too was quite taken with Noah. Noah was so gentle with the baby, he is so good with small children and has been ever since he was a pup. The tail would wag and he always wants to go up to buggies whenever he sees one. He too turns round to his wife and tries to get her to come over to see Noah and says “Look how good the baby and dog are together, maybe we should get a dog”  He tells me how good it was to have dogs in his life growing up and how he misses it now he is an adult with a young family.

So if I hadn’t left my rucksack we wouldn’t have been on that train, or if I had left Noah with my daughter, then Noah wouldn’t have had the opportunity of touching these people’s lives. So I came away happy and left these people reminiscing in their fondest memories. I also got a pleasant surprise to find my daughter waiting as we stepped off the train.

 

In the rucksack had been my purse with some money and all my cards, keys, daughter’s cardigan, a book which didn’t belong to me. I was gutted as I had been enjoying the book and had reached an exciting part, a half bar of chocolate that I had been saving to enjoy a cup of coffee with when I reached home, and Noah’s thrower,  So that night was spent cancelling all my cards, the good news they hadn’t been used. The down side is that week I had to borrow money until the new cards came, getting new keys cut and I will have to replace the book and buy my daughter another cardigan. So whoever came across my rucksack and wasn’t honest enough to hand it it, I really hope the same doesn’t happen to you one day.

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A spring day in October

What a busy October it is turning out to be, so much to do and so little time. I can’t believe its the middle of October already. Have been rather busy with work, planning holidays, getting to grips working the new camera and editing masses of photos. Here’s a little collection of a trip to Princes street gardens before Noah going on his 1st ever train Journey.

 

This is the Scott  monument, which stands at the entrance to the 1st section of the gardens. It has a whopping 287 steps. I have yet to climb all the way to the top. I don’t care much for heights. I’m pretty sure around 10 years ago I almost got to the top but bottled out as the steps are rather old and spirals which is even worse – as a child I fractured my elbow fallen down spiral steps when I was delivering leaflets. As an adult I really should overcome this fear.

 

 

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A walk in the park

Dalkeith Country Park is only a short distance to where we live in Edinburgh and is close to the city bypass. Only a short ride on the bus which suits Noah as he hates being on the bus for long periods of time. The park is open 7 days a week from Easter to the end of October 2012, 10am–5.00pm.

There is also a fantastic adventure playground with over 150 metres of high walkways, flying foxes and lots more to keep children of all ages occupied for hours, but of course that doesn’t appeal to Noah. He would much rather find a stick  and play fetch.

Even though the Estate is so close to Dalkeith town centre, it is an oasis of calm woodland. In the Estate, Otters, Badgers and Roe deer, can all be found roaming our woodlands or waterways, along with a host of different species of birds. A flash of red in the undergrowth tells us that a fox is on the prowl, a shriek in the evening lets us know that a barn owl is looking for a mate. I have yet to capture these species on camera. Continue reading

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