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, 52 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 at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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