Lazing on a Sunday afternoon

Room 106 at The Bonham, Edinburgh
Room 106 at The Bonham, Edinburgh

On Sunday afternoon Jane and I drove to The Bonham hotel in Edinburgh and enjoyed a blissfully quiet afternoon, evening and morning in the company of one another. It was our first night away together without any children since, I think, May 2010.

The Bonham is a gorgeous hotel on Drumsheugh Gardens, a stone’s throw from St Mary’s Cathedral on Palmerston Place and overlooking the Dean Bridge. It fuses traditional with modern quite effortlessly.

We got a fabulous deal through dinner, bed and breakfast, with unlimited movies for a bargain £140 (for one night). To give you an idea of how much we might have been saving, a Scottish cooked breakfast costs £14.00.

After booking in we climbed the stairs to the first floor, unlocked the door to room 106 and were welcomed with a bottle of champagne (or whatever the Italian equivalent is) and the TV was on showing… F1 Grand Prix. Now that’s my kind of hotel room. None of this patronising “Welcome to room 106 Mr and Mrs Saunders” nonsense message on the screen.

Dinner was utterly fabulous in the critically acclaimed Restaurant at The Bonham. I would happily eat there every night!

All in all, a wonderfully relaxing 24 hours in the company of my favourite wife, reading, watching telly and enjoying the silence.

We drove back to Anstruther yesterday afternoon just in time to pick up Reuben and Joshua from nursery, having first bought the boys a present (Star Wars lightsabers for Reuben and Joshua, and an Ikea chair for Isaac) and treated ourselves to a new kingsize mattress. (Hopefully that will help my back mend.)

Washing 3 dogs, a chute and a car

On Thursday I booked the day off work to look after Reuben and Joshua while Jane enjoyed the day at a local hotel spa. It was a birthday present from her family… last year!

Jane’s mum took Isaac, in case you were wondering.

This is a brief insight into what the boys got up to at home…


The first thing we did was to wash Copper, the dog from the Disney film The Fox and the Hound. He was filthy!

And of course we couldn’t just wash Copper: Tod the fox plus Blue Dog and Blue Dog also got washed.

(Why do we have two blue dogs? Because we’ve got twins and sometimes you just can’t get away with buying one of something! So we have the Thomson and Thompson of cuddly dogs.)

And of course we couldn’t just wash Copper, Tod, Blue Dog and Blue Dog. I turned round from having squeezed out the last drops of water from Blue Dog and discovered…


Reuben and Joshua were busy scrubbing down the chute in the garden! (And just in case you’re wondering, that’s not an iron that Joshua is using—it’s a scrubbing brush.)

Of course we couldn’t just wash Copper, Tod, Blue Dog, Blue Dog and the chute. The car also got washed. With Reuben in it. While it was moving.


And then the shed got washed too.

And the fence.

And remarkably neither of them got soaked! I was wetter than they were by the time we went in for lunch.

Day 8: A song that you know all the words to #30dsc

30 day challenge day 8: A song that you know all the words to

Ugly Kid Joe—Cat’s In The Cradle

A song that you know all the words to? Is that really supposed to be a challenge? I amaze myself sometimes by singing the lyrics to songs that I’ve not heard for 10 years. Is that information that stored there in my brain preventing me from remembering other stuff? I hope not.

This is another song from 1992—a good year that for me. Ugly Kid Joe rose to fame and this was one of their most popular songs, a cover of the 1974 Harry Chapin song.

This song came to mind because I was talking about it to a friend just the other day. It’s partly because of this song that I try to spend as much time as I do with Reuben, Joshua and Isaac.

The downside of having children


When you ask people what might be the downside of having children they might say sleep depravation or a diminished social life.

But it’s not! It’s waking up in the morning with children’s TV theme tunes going around your head.

I woke up this morning with the Something Special theme tune from CBeebies in my head. I stumbled, bleary-eyed to the bathroom at 05:30 while in my head I found myself cheerily singing “Hello, hello, how are you? Hello, hello, it’s good to see you you….” Arrrrggghhhh!

They don’t tell you about that in the books.