A relaxing weekend

View out to the Bass Rock from a beach near Dunbar
View out to the Bass Rock from a beach near Dunbar.

What a wonderfully relaxing weekend Jane and I had in the company of our lovely friends D and J. Following my evening at Powerpoint Edinburgh and Jane’s at a Colour Me Beautiful party we rolled up at D and J’s house in south Edinburgh around 23:30, a full fifteen minutes before J arrived back home.

One well-needed sleep later we set out for a fun-packed day: breakfast at Dobbies Garden Centre — where we also saw the cutest little turtles for sale; a walk with the dogs on a beach near Dunbar (which is where I took the photo above); then afternoon tea at a delightful tea room in nearby East Linton.

Back at the house we took an hour out for a relaxing afternoon siesta before visiting our new nephew Aidan — Jane’s sister’s new boy.

I’ve not had such a relaxing weekend away from home and in the company of good friends and family for ages. The irony amused me: when we lived in Edinburgh we’d escape to Fife to relax; now we’re living in Fife we’re escaping to Edinburgh for the same!

More friends

It truly was a friends-centric weekend. On Thursday evening I drove back to Anstruther listening to a friend presenting his radio programme on BBC Radio 4. On Saturday afternoon D and I sat watching the motorcycle Le Mans on Sky Sports, listening to another friend of mine who was commentating. How wonderful!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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