The church that a friend of my husband goes to has a Model Railway Day twice a year, and that's where we headed on Saturday afternoon.
They set up a big circuit of electric train track in one room and some Thomas train sets in the other room for the younger children. The older children all get turns at controlling a train on the electric track and you can bring your own train along to run on it too. There were lots of excited boys around. There were also lots of excited dads around too, pretending that they were really only there for their boy's sake!
David and Calum helped Alasdair play with one of the Thomas tracks while they waited their turn on the electric trains. (James was at a friend's birthday party at Lazerquest - he had a super time!)
Finally David get's to control a train.
It was this little puffer here.
Calum was controlling this one.
For their second go later on, Calum had this train, and David had the Flying Scotsman.
After the train fun, we headed home, had a quick dinner then my brother, sister-in-law and their three boys came round and we all walked up to the cricket pitch along the back from our house to watch the Bonfire Night fireworks display.
I quickly realised how futile it is to try and take good pictures of fireworks, so only took the one!
Thankfully, after a wet day, the rain stayed away long enough for us to stay dry whilst at the fireworks.
Back at the house the boys and their cousins had some sparklers.
They were very patient. Every time we almost had a sparkler lit, the wind would blow out the match on us! We got there in the end.
Little Alasdair is clutching his glow-sticks here instead of sparklers. I was amazed at how good he was at the fireworks. He wasn't scared of them at all.
Then it was indoors for some hot-chocolate and warm mince pies.
I always feel that Bonfire Night signals the start of the Festive Season and we can start looking forward to Christmas now!
Gaelic word of the day:
teine (chen-ye) - fire