Monday, April 14, 2008

Back from Edinburgh

We decided last minute to take a short break in Edinburgh. DH and I went up a few years back and loved the city, we always said we would go back, so we did! Now that DH's job and hobby combine and he often works from home, the only way to stop him working is to get him away from the computer, so we found a 3 for 2 deal in a rather nice hotel, (with DD staying free, would you believe) and booked ourselves on the train (plenty of knitting time) and off we went. The MacDonald Holyrood Hotel was super (a bit posh actually) and we had ended up with a suite!!! The bed was so large I nearly had to wave goodnight to DH.

DD wanted to see the Castle, which we all enjoyed looking round, and this is the view of the city from it

and from further up including the canons

They still fire Mons Meg and I couldn't believe my ears when I overheard and american tourist asking one of the guides
" What time is the One O'clock canon fired?"
the very tactful reply was "Thirteen hundred hours, sir."
I'd love to see some of the photos - it didn't half make everone jump!

We spent the rest of the day wandering round the city and the following day DH wanted to see the Royal Yacht Britannia, so we caught a bus out to Leith

The audio tour was very interesting and gave an insight into what it must have been like to be on board. There is a very stark contrast between the staff quarters and the Royals - you can hardly believe that this sitting room is on a boat! I was rather amused that the Queen had wanted to have an open coal fire in here, but the rules dictated that a marine would have to stand by it with a bucket of water at all times so she changed her mind.

On the knitting front, I visited John Lewis and despite all the beautiful yarn there I only came out with this

which I am intending to make into a Smoke ring. But I did fit in quite a bit of knitting time mainly thanks to the five and a half hour train journey from London to Edinburgh and came back with this
which is for the Round Robin Gift bag exchange over on Crafty threads'n'yarns and uses the Sweet Stranding pattern, and I also knit most of the 5 hour Baby Sweater

which actually isn't very well named, as it took me a lot longer than five hours. However I did enjoy making it, and next time I will put in some button holes! there wasn't any mention of them in the pattern and I didn't think until it was too late. I noticed a lady opposite on the train watching me intently whilst I was knitting this and I wasn't sure if it was because I was looking out of the window admiring the views at the same time, or if she was mesmerised by the awful fluorescent yellowy-green twist in with the white yarn that makes up the body and sleeves, or the BRIGHT green stripes in the yoke - The yarn was inherited, and yes it is a bit bold, but it is for the Baby Pack Project and can't you just imagine a little coloured baby in it.


Auntie Noo said...

Sounds like you had a great time - the R.Y.Brittania looks amazing! Glad you got some knitting time in too!

Silvia said...

It all looks and sounds lovely. Good going to manage that amount of knitting time...I don't asume you knitted the full journey without stoppage!!??
BTW you never said if your taking part in PIF or not...vould you let me know please:)

Queen of the froggers said...

I would love to visit Edinburgh. the little baby cardi is lovely.

KnitYoga said...

Edinburgh is a lovely city and it looks like you had a fab time. Love the bag and the five hour baby sweater! Can't believe the grandiosity of that sitting room and fancy wanting a real fire on a yacht!!!

Mandella said...

Lucky you. Edinburgh is such an interesting city.

Sarah said...

Yey for trips and train knitting time - looks like fun

Janiannie said...

Lovely to see your pics of Brittania..we were there last summer on a day trip from hols in Northumberland and had a brilliant time.
Didn't find John Lewis but thoroughly enjoyed Debenhams, isn't it funny that familiar stores in different locations are always exciting!