We feel almost settled into the house and finally getting through all of life’s admin. The weather has been stunning all week, a lot of time has been spent exploring in the backyard and chalk drawings. Lachlan even had a dip in the tub wearing his new bathers with Eloise.
Definitely, homemade-banana-ice-cream-with-no-clothes-on-while-riding-the-Batmobile kind of weather.
Through some weird global cousin telepathy phenomenon Xavier was also channeling Batman at childcare Book Week.
There have been plenty of strolls around the neighbourhood to check out the beautiful hedges with Eloise’s new jellies. Lachlan is getting big now and taking everything in, he has started facing outwards in the carrier and there is no turning back, literally. Eloise makes sure that Lachlan does not go anywhere without his hat.
Another day another ice cream, luckily the local ice cream van has not returned.
Qantas again revised their international travel plans, optimistically aiming for later this year. Releasing an inspiring video as part of their campaign.
… and an Australian special for our UK friends.
On Wednesday Lachlan went to his first Baby Bookbug session with Eloise and Super Mum. He had an absolute ball and this will become part of the weekly routine. It was good to catch up with some fellow mums and bubs.
We finally got around to collecting our last belongings from the serviced apartment and Eloise did her last dance around the room in celebration.
While we were out we figured we may as well explore the city and stumbled upon more street art, before dinner at Sugo’s. The moment we arrived you could feel the young hip trendy vibe of the place. Liam felt right at home with his New Balance dad runners on. The fresh pasta was delicious. There seems to be a disproportionately high number of Italian restaurants in Glasgow, not that we are complaining. Grandparents, please take note of the bowl of salad on the table.
Wednesday night was a little difficult to sleep due to the heat cracking 25°C. We can hear you all chuckling at home, but with the relatively high humidity and no air conditioning within 600 miles, it was warm. The next day we were stuck in the position of wanting to buy a fan, but not wanting to be the reason for an early transition to winter. Be careful what you wish for.
Thursday was Eloise’s first Gymbaree session, she loved every second of it. It was a more structured version of Burnside’s Kindergym. Ellie was quickly climbing up, down and all around. She enjoyed singing and dancing, we will have to look into dance classes soon.
Friday was back to the ducks, Eloise was prepared this time with food. After a close call with a mean-looking swan, it was back home for a nap and some toys.
On a COVID-19 front “Scotland has recorded a record number of daily Covid cases as the number surged above 6,000 for the first time [6,835 Scotland and 38,046 UK]… First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the sharp rise was a “cause for concern” – but the Scottish government was not currently considering the introduction of a circuit breaker lockdown… We’ve seen record high figures this week, but the vaccination programme has disrupted the link between catching Covid and ending up in hospital. But if case numbers get too high, even a small proportion of people becoming seriously ill can pose a challenge for the NHS. So it’s the number of people becoming seriously ill that will now define the path we take. And, crucially, whether restrictions have to come back. The first minister is ruling out the harshest of restrictions – a circuit-breaker lockdown. She’s actually hopeful that we can get through this without any additional measures.”
Just like that, in what feels like a blink of an eye and a few Irn-Brus, we have survived the first month. Here are ten observations in no particular order:
- Milk comes in weird-shaped jugs and is measured in pints.
- Full sunlight at 21:30 is strange.
- Guess we’ll have to get used to the washing machine in the kitchen.
- There is no better place for a road trip.
- The pizzas are great, yet to sample Nathan’s.
- Weekly COVID-19 testing is the world we now live in.
- When it rains it pours.
- Glasgow really is Gotham City, “I’m Batman!”
- There are castles everywhere.
- Everyone is incredibly welcoming.