It was another blustery and unpredictable day here in Scotland, and for a Sunday morning it was quite depressing. I’m not a fan of the wind—I worry about little old ladies—but I do like the rain; love it in fact. Snow can change a landscape in a geographical sense, but only rain can change it from a human perspective, and do it so fast. I love how it feels, sounds and tastes, and I love how a city can become your own when it’s chucking it down.
The city wasn’t my own yesterday morning though, as thousands of fans descended upon Murrayfield stadium for day two of the IRB Rugby Sevens Tournament. I witnessed all kinds of weird and wonderful outfits heading out to the stadium as I made my west to Corstorphine, including a couple from New Zealand who got on my bus and who had travelled from their homeland purely for this tournament.
As I mentioned, Corstorphine was my destination and after buying up some coffee beans and filters in Tesco, I sat and had a cappuccino, muffin and read of the paper to myself for an hour. My daughter, who the previous night had said she wanted to join me for some hot chocolate, changed her mind when I woke her to get ready. Sleep, it seems, is the staple requirement for teenagers of every generation.
Afterwards, I popped into Pets at Home for some essential bunny supplies and a scout around, then headed home to work.
First up: GATECRASH. I got a couple of thousand words down then had to get ready to go out for dinner with my wife’s family. We went to Franky & Benny’s in Ocean Terminal. It was a disaster. They’d mucked up the original booking time, got our drinks orders wrong five times, took 70 minutes to produce the first order of food, which was warm and poorly cooked. Needless to say, we won’t be going back there and Mother in Law was most unimpressed.
After dinner, back to the novel and I also managed to turn around my outstanding works of shorter fiction. So all in all, I pieced to together a good writing weekend and I’m chuffed.
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