It was the third time this year I’ve been to Glasgow. Jennifer was away both weeks on courses, one in London, and I went to take care of the infants. They are not so wee now as Maggie is 8 years old today. I thought I would be missing her party but it was brought forward a week so as not to clash with her friends who have birthdays the same week.
Maggie left and Jo centre at her birthday party
It was a stress free experience for us grown ups as we went to the Laser Park and the kids were taken off to play shooting at each other and negotiating the laser maze. The party tea was also provided and all we had to do was to bring some cake.
Maggie blowing out the candles on her caterpillar cakes
The weather was probably better than the wind and rain in France but the dampness made it feel colder than it was.
You needed to wrap up warmly in the mornings
Any paving was like an icerink and Maggie had a spectacular fall off her bike outside the Transport Museum. Despite the screams she recovered to enjoy her afternoon on the tall ship.
The Glenlee on the Clyde with the Armadillo in the background
and the ship is reflected in the windows of the museum
It is amazing how many activities the children have. What a complicated timetable. After school club twice a week. Maggie goes into town Mondays to sing with the Glasgow Philharmonic choir. French and music after school, ballet on Saturdays, church and drama class on Sundays. And every week there seems to be a party for somebody in their class to which they both get invited.
Maggie and Jo with Bobby going off to school. Note the scarf that Jo has knitted
There wasn’t a lot of free time at home but we started doing a bit of knitting and sewing. Maggie made me a circular scarf and I helped them make drawstring bags. They wanted to copy the bag their mother had made when she was at school.
Doing a bit of sewing
It’s not much use asking me to teach them handicrafts but they didn’t do too badly. Back at home it seems very quiet and I will look forward to my next visit in the spring.