January 2018

Happy New Year 2018!
It's been a different start to the year. Mummy and Euan were still on holiday in Thailand so Daddy celebrated with friends in Errol before heading back to work on the 2nd January.
Daddy had his annual CPD training on the 14th January - It was as exciting as ever - NOT!
Rugby training has been indoors this month however it has still been necessary to wrap up warmly as it is freezing inside the hall
It was Auntie Jennifer's 70th birthday this month, so we helped celebrate with a suprise afternoon tea at the 'Clattering Bridge' cafe near Fettercairn. Thankfully there was no snow blocking the road!
At the end of the month, we nipped down to Berwick to take Auntie Gillian out for a birthday meal. We stayed at the Youth Hostel overnight before doing a quick trip to Alnwick on the Sunday morning.
In celebration of Robert Burns, Euan had haggis, neeps and tatties for lunch and dinner on the 25th! (He loves haggis!) He also managed to memorise 'A Man's A Man for A' That' but didn't win the contest at school.

February

February has been a low temperature month this year!
Euan had a couple of taster sessions of curling organised through school. He quite enjoyed them apart from having cold feet! During the mid term holiday, Euan and Mummy travelled to Glasgow for a day out. We loved our visit to the Science Centre at Pacific Quay but the sleety walk along side the Clyde was a different matter! To defrost, Euan and Daddy headed south for milder weather. They enjoyed two days in London, managing to visit Uncle Bob recuperating in Romford hospital, a trip to the Imperial War Museum and a considerable amount of eating! Meanwhile, back in Errol Mummy spent her time catching up on housework - no prizes for guessing who had most fun?!
Euan's class had a school trip to a local farm for the day - He enjoyed most of it but wasn't too interested in the talk about the cereal crops. He did use the information leaflet he had been given to look up some recipes using Scotch beef!
The end of the month saw the arrival of 'The Beast from the East' (no, it wasn't Mummy on a bad day!) This was a snowstorm resulting in three days off school for Mummy and Euan. Daddy however only had one night off work! Unfortunately the following night he needed to be rescued by the police from a huge snowdrift whilst trying to get back to Errol. He eventually had to abandon the car a mile away and walk the rest. Euan was very industrious after the snow fall and took great pride in keeping our path and pavement clear. Here's hoping March is a bit milder!

March

March started with Euan generously giving us all his cold germs and ended with a family camping trip.
The poor weather continued into March, but school was eventually reopened on the first Monday in March. Daddy and Euan were part of the squad who cleared snow from the playground in preparation for this. As a consequence of the poor weather, rugby training has been restricted to one Sunday session. He'll have forgotten how to play by the time there's a match!
Euan took his Cub Scout priomise this month and is now the proud owner of a necker and woggle!
A slightly delayed Parent's night took place in the middle of the month. As usual, Euan is doing well, although he isn't keen on maths - his parents can relate to this.
Mummy was geared up to taking part in the first ever Errol 10km run - unfortunately this was also postponed due to adverse weather conditions so Mummy has a few more months in which to train for it now!
Euan took part in the 'Adventures of Superstan', the scool play. His part as a reporter didn't involve any lines but his miming of taking photographs was excellent. Auntie Rosemary and Uncle Brodie came up to see the performance. We all enjoyed the subtle humour!
We headed up to Comrie at the end of the month to try out our new tent. We are all very impressed with it and were very grateful to Daddy for packing the heater. It was a bit chilly... Brrr!!

April

What a month! Thankfully no April Fool's pranks but lot's of other things going on!
Euan's Easter holidays were full of activities. We started with a camping trip to Comrie, then as Daddy was on holiday a more adventurous walk and overnight stay to a bothy at Glen Feshie was undertaken. Euan did very well, walking for over an hour, in the snow and carrying a rucksack to reach the (5*) bothy!
After a couple of days to recover, we all headed down to Belford to carry out a bit on DIY on our old house. Euan madde a very good job of painting the cupboard under the stairs!
The following week it was Mummy's turn to entertain Euan - we had a trip to Edinburgh to the mining museum at Newtongrange, a visit to the cat cafe in Aberdeen, posh breakfast in Dundee and a bike ride to the Madoch Centre in St Madoes for hot chocolate and cake. The final weekend of the holidays involved another camping trip - this time, to Aberfoyle, where we cycled part of the Rob Roy Way and made pizza in Daddy's Dutch oven - very scrummy.
We were invited to celebrate Mirabelle's 50th birthday at the Subub House on the 21st April - it was a lovely sunny evening and we had a lovely time sitting outside chatting to the other guests
As it was the 'World of Work' week at school, Euan had the opportunity to spend the day with Uncle Brodie to find out about farming. Euan was most disappointed that no lambs were born during his vist!
It's now the summer term at cubs and lots of interesting activities are planned. Euan is especially looking forward to making fire!!

May

May started with a camping trip to Ardguilich farm, on the shores of Loch Tummel. We took Shan with us and we had a good paddle around on the loch despite the strong breeze.
The following weekend was the beer festival in Perthh but due to the poor forecast Euan and Daddy decided to go surfing instead. Lunan Bay was the destination and a good time was had. We then had a barbecue at home as the weather was better than forecast.
Sunday was the Perth rugby tournament, excellent weather, and a good finish to the season.
While Daddy popped down to Belford, Euan was washing cars as part of the cubs fundraising day.
Daddy then popped down to London to go to a computer fair and visit uncle Bob. He was certainly much better than last time we saw him. The bank holiday monday was spent popping to Belford again to clear the house out.

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