Its Thursday, and I am about to fly back home. Short week as Rosemary and I are off to Cambridge next weekend. Spent the four days here in Edinburgh, staying at my favourite hotel the Radisson. They gave me a bottle of malt, and a glass to go with it. Well miniature.
The week was a mixture of rain, and wind, followed by unseasonable hot weather today. Not particularly sunny, but very very warm.
Been keeping a low profile this week. Ate at the Ichycoo bar a couple of times, had scallops one night and salmon on Thursday. One small outing down to the Mai Thai where I had an excellent meal of Thai fish curry and some vegetables. White there I picked up a card of the artist who who paints their pictures which decorate the bar. Rosemary was impressed by them. Well I thought I had the card, seem to have mislaid it. Will have to email the restaurant.
Today I left early for the airport, wanted a stress free boarding. Of course today there were no traffic holdups, check in was fast. No queues at the security, and the plane is 45 minutes late. Oh well.
Had a nice weekend with Ann And Mike. Did Bicester Village, though I was unable to find the walking boots I required. Ann came a way with a few purchases.
Selina and Graham came over on Saturday for supper. A salmon side marinaded in balsamic vinegar, Soy Sauce, then grilled and served on top of beans with a potato salad. Quite good if I say so myself.
Sunday, nice lovely warm day, mowed the lawns, sat outside with a Pimms. Lunch was slow cooked shoulder of lamb with Pomegranate. Ann and Mike left us to go home via Ikea.
All the enjoyment was destroyed by the early morning get up call on Monday to drive to Luton. Huge queues at check-in, and even longer ones at security. Ushered through the waiting crowds for the flight, only to be delayed for another hour. This flying is getting to be a rather tedious repetitive joke. Made up the hours already, was in the office until 7.30.
Back home after another week in Edinburgh. Been quite a hard week, working long hours system testing the new release.
Stayed on the Grassmarket in the Apex International, so ate in the Grassmarket resturants. Ate twice at the Petit Paris, always missing the happy hour meals. Both times I ate outside on the pavement, watching the world pass by. On the final night ate a very nice Sea Bream at the Mussel and Steak, followed by a very melt in the mouth chocolate tort.
Travel back, was fraught. I managed to catch the plane at Edinburgh, but BMI Babyhas got to get its check in faster. The queues was long, and slow moving. Edinburgh has also got to sort its security out. They don’t manage their queues at all there. All the other airports I have flown from always actively manage the queues, bringing passengers forward where their flights are about to leave. Several passengers had their baggage unloaded from the Birmingham flight because they were British and queued for security, while I just walked past the queue to the head.
Ann and Mike are staying this week end and we are off to Bicester Village.
Unusually I have had a couple of days back in the office. I managed to catch up on my expense claims and sort a few tasks out. Short break, because I was back up to Edinburgh on an evening flight on Tuesday. Far more civilised way of travelling, no early mornings, and empty airports.
After work on Wednesday I met up with Ed Aldridge. Although he left the Bank a couple of weeks ago, he was back in Edinburgh for his own belated leaving drink. We (Mary, Ed, Simon and Neil) started the evening in All Bar One. We finished there with a bottle of Champagne, and went on for a meal at Nargile. Turkish restaurant, so we ate kebabs and hummus. Think we were the last out of the restaurant.
On then to Opal Lounge, trendy bar on George street, and finally Le Monde, another trendy bar on George street.