The weekend started with Silly Saturday, Grandma had come along to watch Eloise kick some goals at Football Buzz. However, Eloise was not having any of that and made sure that Grandma joined in with all the drills. It was a chaotic session with children bouncing off the walls, the Halloween decorations were a big distraction for all.
The bumps had put Lachlan in a deep sleep and he was sinking lower and lower in his throne, we had to get him out.
However, after a few groans, he was up, Lachlan goes from zero to one hundred real fast.
In the afternoon we dashed off, kids free and worry free on the important quest for 2022 Christmas Sweaters.
Saturday night, “just when we expect them to win, Scotland lose. Australia had lost the previous three meetings with their hosts, but they held their nerve here to sneak a precious win at the start of their tour of Europe”.
When we woke up this morning the clocks had been wound back, in fact, “the UK’s most famous clock will be put back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) this weekend for the first time since 2017… If you were expecting a spectacle of Big Ben’s hands being wound back, you will be disappointed. That is not going to happen – instead, it will be manually paused, with lights on the four clock faces turned off at 22:00 on Saturday. The clock will be stopped and restarted at midnight. The lights will then come back on at 02:00, when the correct time will be displayed”.
Eloise and Lachlan had kindly offered to show the grandparents the local sites so we took the opportunity to dash. There were no nappies required, no spare change of clothes required and no snacks required, well only some snacks required. We were in the car and away before you could say “Peppa Pig”. With a free day, we figured we would return to the happiest place on Earth. On our third visit, St Andrews Cathedral was finally open.
The Cathedral of St Andrew is a ruined cathedral in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It was built in 1158 and became the centre of the Medieval Catholic Church in Scotland as the seat of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and the Bishops and Archbishops of St Andrews. It fell into disuse and ruin after Catholic mass was outlawed during the 16th-century Scottish Reformation. It is currently a monument in the custody of Historic Environment Scotland. The ruins indicate that the building was approximately 119 m (390 ft) long, and is the largest church to have been built in Scotland.
We made our way past St Andrews Castle, admittedly it was a bit quieter this time and stopped off at the Wardlaw Museum which had some cool Science and Engineering things, including the World’s oldest periodic table chart.
Our kids would have loved it here, it is funny when you are not looking for buttons all of a sudden they are everywhere, we will have to bring them next time. Although a viewing deck is always danger for Lachnado.
The Wardlaw Museum is associated with the University of St Andrews. The museum houses a selection of the university’s historic, artistic and scientific collections, which comprise over 115,000 artefacts. They are displayed across four galleries which aim to tell the story of the university. The newly refurbished museum now has an extended temporary exhibition space as well as a new research studio and extended gift shop. also contains a ‘Learning Loft’ for workshops and a viewing terrace with panoramic views over St Andrews Bay.
As we made our way down the main street Liam was excited when he found The Nutcracker Christmas Shop, we are in the market for an operational one to add to Liam’s collection of useless stuff. The kilted Nutcracker almost ticked all the boxes, but not today.
After asking the lovely man in The Open shop for lunch recommendations we were expecting to be heading back to the unique Dunvegan Bar & Restaurant, however, he suggested we push on down the course to the famous Jigger Inn. Since the 16th century, there has not been golf played on a Sunday at the Old Course, hence why we usually visit on a Sunday as it is open to the public to walk, or for the kiddies to run.
With warm bellies, we went for a stroll around the undulating Links Golf terrain, keeping our eyes peeled for sudden drops into bunkers. We noticed some really undulating terrain, really a series of mounds…
Tomorrow is Halloween, so we tried our hand at the Scary Putt.
St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club, originally known as the St Andrews Ladies Golf Club when it was first established in 1867 for female golf players to use, now the club is also known as the Ladies’ Putting Club of St Andrews, or simply the Putting Club. The club is still a ladies only golf club based in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is generally known to visitors as The Himalayas putting course, which is where the club’s members and visitors play, and is thought to be the first minigolf course ever made. The Himalayas name comes about from the peaks and troughs on the course... The club is the world’s oldest ladies’ golf club.
After a relaxing day out, we rushed home as Dad needed his lip balm to be applied. By all reports, the kids had been on their best behaviour.