Saturday, 14 June 2014

Fun on a Saturday

Just spent a lovely day with Kiddo. The sun has been shining (although its now raining...) and we haven't watched a single football match.
A wee jaunt through to the city for a children's festival at "The Top Of the Town", where our good friend's coffee shop was hosting an activity.  When I mentioned this to Kiddo, his response was : "Ooh, great, I love my uncle's coffee shop AND his chocolate cake!" I was meaning for him to be excited about the story and craft event, but he was clearly excited for cake. Not going to argue - the chocolate cake is gorgeous, as is his homemade elderflower cordial which I was lucky enough to sample (guzzle).  The story/craft session was good fun and we left with  our very own flag of peace.

Since it was such a lovely day, and I am a member of Historic Scotland and get in for free, we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon up at the castle, which we both love.  Exploring the castle with all its dungeons and nooks and crannies is a kids dream. Its a shame that so many people have lost their imagination as they grew up.  Whilst we were down in one of the 'dungeons' - I think it may have been the Constable's residence, but its sort of under the castle and then down a spiral staircase into an empty cavern, where the old walls have fallen between the 'rooms' its pretty dark and dingy, but perfect for climbing and exploring as is our want - a couple who came down behind us commented :"Is this it? There's nothing here. How disappointing, that was a waste of time". Kiddo stopped mid-clamber to ask me why they thought it was rubbish, as there was lots to see. We could see where we thought the bedroom would have been, the livingroom, the old chimney/fireplace, and how cold it would have been in the winter as the windows were just long  holes in the thick walls, and the damp in the window bits had dampened the seat of his shorts, (but "that's ok mummy, they'll dry").  I guess I am lucky to see the old ruins and history through my child's imagination - its a magical place to be


95 Days To Go

The Common Weal

"Common Weal is an old Scots phrase that means both 'wealth shared in common' and 'for the wellbeing of all'.  It has become the name for a different kind of politics, a politics that puts All Of Us First."

This arrived this morning - the best post I could receive (makes a lovely change from bills and junk mail). I bought this book as it has been researched and written for the purpose of delivering a better Scotland, regardless of the referendum outcome in September.  The project was a 12month research project run by the Jimmy Reid Foundation and comprises 50 academic reports by "scores of authors" on everything from finance to food to industry to democracy and all sorts in between.

So far I have read a grand total of 4 pages (my Saturday activities with my son came first) and I want to just re-type the whole lot on here! So I'm going to take a few quotes, quotes that reflect the reasons why I am voting for Independence in 96 days time :

"Scotland's people are in a unique position - we have been invited to imagine our nation afresh. So let's do it"
"Common Weal is about creating a politics and a society which once again puts citizens at its heart...A politics that can change Scotland can only be a politics that includes everyone."
"Until now the biggest barrier [to making the changes] has been confidence - we have been trained to believe that no alternative is possible, that achieving a decent society is just too damn complicated, so best not to try"  A perfect example of this was a recent conversation with my Mother-in-law regarding the UK in general with the impact Ukip is having. Her response was :"Well, what are we to do, there's nothing we can do" YES THERE IS!!
What are (my) hopes? "To live a good life...with a home, work, security, community, recreation, public service and respect; a politics which cares about us would be built on these foundations.  Profiteering, competition, elitism, greed, anger, blame and mistrust are not words that represent (my) hopes.  So why are they the foundation of the politics we have?"

I am only on page 2 of the first chapter but cant wait to read more, to discover ways and models from around the world that have worked and how the models could be applied, adapted or influence a realistic change for Scotland, for the better.



Confession : I am completely useless with technology. I don't understand the jargon and I don't have the interest or patience to learn it. I just want it to work, nice and easy.
I am still learning how to work my smart phone - there are some apps on there that I will never use. I can happily use/navigate Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, but that is about my limit. 
My limit is being tested currently as I try to play around with this blog.  Sure, it looks all pretty and my posts are available to read, but trying to get into the nitty gritty of making pages and linking blog posts to actual pages, is proving a, now how should I word this..., a challenge...
I gave up last night, and have returned this morning, fully rested and fully caffeinated, but it really is like rocket science as far as I am concerned.
I have 2 options here. 1, persevere and hope for a minor miracle of technological clarity (highly unlikely) or 2, just go and play at being an Australian museum curator for Kiddo's game of dinosaur adventures, where I have to remain in character for the rest of the morning.
Yeh, I'm away to find a spinoaurus.
(Today's dino-den in the livingroom)