November has come and gone and this is a late summary of events.
A good walk up Glenisla with Daniel on his bike and Kirsten in the buggy. The Cateran Trail passes the Glenisla Hotel which is a good place to join it and get off the road and into the hills. We walked up to a small fishing loch through some forestry land with Daniel complaining that his legs were tired of going up hills until we got to the top. Then it was non-stop to the bottom where we found a dead hare on the picnic table. The crows had got to the eyes. More interesting was the little jetty sticking out into the water from which one could drop stones in and see things in the tea-brown water.
Last year we went to the park in Coupar Angus to watch the fireworks. Coupar Angus has, of all things, a fireworks factory and they put on the show. Impressive. This year we got a call on the 4th November from the Coopers asking if we were going – “yes, we’ll be there tomorrow evening” – “ah, no it starts at 7pm tonight”. So we missed it.
Instead we went with the Forbes to Baxter Park in Dundee where there was a huge show and a correspondingly massive crowd. It took longer to get out of the park afterwards than it took to launch all the rockets. But a fantastic show followed by chilli con carne by the fire. Daniel, I am sure, will grow to like fireworks at some point. Kirsten was un-phased by it and just wanted to fall asleep.
I also managed to completely miss a whole swathe of birthdays which I blame on my “smart phone” for not reminding me in a timely fashion, or at all.
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