Arrived up in Edinburgh, lovely dry and sunny, but pretty cold outside. I am sitting in the Mai Thai expecting my Tom Yum soup and main course of duck. Yes it is the duck yet again. I am getting rather repetitive.
Already someone from work has suggested I be in the office when the changes go into production. So looks like I will be here again, at least for a short while.
Tuesday I had a nice meal at Barjola, Spanish Tapas bar. As usual the grilled sardines were delicious.
Wednesday, I decided to try a ‘popular place’, so chose The Filling Station. An American diner like place, decked out in 30s and 40s British motoring memorabilia. Serves burgers, Tex Mex and steaks. Chose a steak which I ordered rare, but alas it came in as medium to well done. Charming Brazilian waitress though, who made all the right noises when I complained. Shall not be eating there again.
The street next to the hotel was blocked off tonight. They were making a scene from a new Rebus episode to be show on TV. The scene was outside Bannermans. A music pub on the same street as Whistle Binkies. A man walks up the street from Cow Gate, and argues with another man who appears out of Bannermans. The first man shoots the second, and then rushes up the street.
All this was taken under large sprinklers simulating a wet Edinburgh night. There must have been 40 people on the shoot, lots controlling the traffic in cowgate, every time they did a shoot, the traffic was stopped. I was able to watch from 10 metres away, and able to see the scene in the monitor.
Rosemary’s nephew’s better-half Kirsty has just launched a new business Be Styled Interiors for interior design, home staging & de-cluttering in West Sussex & Surrey. Should be very exciting her and we had a look at the new website for them. I reckon we know quite a few homes which could benefit from the de-cluttering!
Local birds are behaving very oddly. Over the past few weeks and for the first time in the 20 years we’ve lived here, the local blue tits are repeatedly tapping at windows and leaping up & down at them, too. Is it the same single bird? Not sure, not many distinguishing characteristics, but I don’t think we’ve had more than one window attacked at the same time. Meanwhile, we spotted a buzzard in the field. The farmer whose sheep are very kindly eating there said there were buzzards nesting in the wood near him, well blow me if a buzzard hasn’t come here and sat on the fence into the “coppice” part of the field. However, he doesn’t appear to be that bright cos he was sitting very near a collared dove and there were bunnies running around beneath him. Surely he shouldn’t have been that friendly with meals?
I am counting the days, only two more weeks of travel to Edinburgh. I must make the most of the time I am here.
Travel from Luton was again a pain, the place was full of people going away. Still half term in some county or other. The weather was damp and miserable in Edinburgh.
Visited the Mussel and Steak for one of the gorgeous pieces of red meat, cooked just correctly. I did start off with some hot smoked salmon (cold) with oat cakes. The salmon was delicious.
Met an Australian IT consultant there, think he had emigrated to the UK because of the jobs in the Health Sector. He had been recommended the restaurant and was very happy with it. Somehow we got to talking about flying, and it turns out his grandmother took up gliding at the age of 80. Fantastic.
I asked who I think was the owner of the Mussel and Steak, how long they had been open. I thought it must be about two years, and in fact it is two years in May.
Another day of work, the weather is excellent in Edinburgh. Ths sun is bright, and I have to close the blinds to keep it out. Tad chilly in the evening as I walk around.
Valentines day, so did not feel inclined sitting in a restaurant on my own. So though of the Mai Thai. Damn, full of couples eating romantic meals together. At least the bar had a few people watching Rangers being beaten by Tel Aviv. Had an excellent meal as usual, left it to the owner to decide for me. So ate a Beef Rendang with coconut rice.