Thursday 10th. April, 2014 – A leisurely trip to Stirling 

I took this picture of Stirling Castle from King’s Park in Stirling – the park is close to where my meeting was held this afternoon and as I arrived early I had time for a wander before the meeting began

There was a leisurely feel to everything today. I got up in a leisurely manner, I enjoyed a leisurely shower, I had a leisurely breakfast and I walked Rowan and Mix together – the two of them combining to ensure that the walk was extremely leisurely as they played and discovered and explored together.

Mid morning I set off for Stirling and, as I was in no hurry, I experimented by driving to Greenlaw and then up the A68 to Edinburgh, something I hadn’t done before. I was early when I arrived at the Laurelhill Business Park and so I went for a walk in the King’s Park – well equipped with tennis courts, a skateboarding arena, play-park and much more.

The meeting I was attending was the management committee of the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum and after a sandwich lunch we got down to business. Much of our discussion centred around the plans for the full forum meeting in Glasgow in a fortnight’s time and around the plans for the Scottish Pilgrimage Gathering in Fife later in the year but there are a great number of other things going on as well: the adoption of a new constitution, an examination of funding opportunities, pilgrim route development and so on. These are exciting times for pilgrimage in Scotland.

I drove home down the A1 and arrived just before seven thinking I had to drive Mum to a meeting of the WRI, but she had made other arrangements. I dined with Olive and Digger (Rachel was away singing in Berwick) and then I watched a bit of television (an old episode of Silk) before walking Mix and retiring to bed. Tomorrow it is back to work with Tom (I suspect that the cement will now have hardened and we can get on with flooring the barn). I also learned that the first swallow had been seen in Mount Pleasant today – the very day after we had completed our defences. We’ll see how they measure up.

It has been a happy day.


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