There have been a few things to love about this special Assembly week.
Then lunch in a posh hotel on Thursday, followed by a ladies mission meeting for the assembly. Not only did I get to catch up with one of my cousins at both the lunch and the ladies meeting, but I also met some older ladies I haven't seen for over 10 years at the tea & cakes that followed the meeting.
My cousin and I also had the delight of finishing off the home-made ice cream at the posh lunch. The staff put all the plates of food in the middle of our big table and you had to help yourself. However, lunch was over-running slightly and so all the others had to get back to the Assembly. We were the only two who didn't and so it seemed a shame to let the ice-creams go to waste!
Now, I can see a pattern developing here, as it's time to move on to last night's meal and my two puddings!
The food last night was excellent. Really, really tasty and good sized portions.
For pudding I had chocolate and orange cheesecake. So did my brother's wife. As I put my spoon down on my clean plate I looked over at her almost full plate. She couldn't finish it as she said it was too rich for her. Everyone else cleared their plates (the other pudding was a huge slab of sticky toffee pudding) and I asked her, 'Are you really not going to finish that?' She answered, 'I'm really not. Take it!' So what could I say?!
I should also add that my philosophy is a treat now and again does you no harm. Ok, so I had two big treats, two days in a row, but it's not like I over-indulge every day! Still, it might explain why my SIL is thinner than me!
Here she is, pretending not to notice I'm taking the photo. The slightly blurry man next to her (who moved at the wrong time) is a lovely gentleman who used to be out at the church's school in Lima, Peru.
I said yesterday how much fun our table was.
The other people at it were two couples from my dad's church back in Lewis.
The man closest to me is married to the lady on the left. He is one of my dad's elders but I have known them for as long as I can remember, long before my dad became minister there, as they stay right across the road from my granny.
The other man is a deacon in the church. His wife is in pink. She was very helpful to me when I was at University and wanting to gain experience to put on my CV for applying to teacher training college. She was a head-teacher of a school back home (now retired) and allowed me to come into her school and work with the music teacher there in my summer holidays from Uni.Uni summer holidays are much longer than school ones!
Meanwhile, my granny seemed to be having an equally good time at another table!
That's her on the right.
Finally, the hotel had some lovely views over Edinburgh and I'll leave you with this one.
This is the Balmoral hotel on the left, North Bridge running through the middle, and Waverley Station at the bottom right with all the glass and going right under the bridges.
Gaelic word of the day:
Dùn Èideann (doon ai-chen) - Edinburgh