Monday, July 26, 2010

Edinburgh - 8 Years Later

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How do you know when you're in a Scottish airport? Well, when we were standing at the luggage carousel waiting on our bags I counted at least six sets of golf clubs that were on our flight alone. Not surprising since everyone wants to come here and play the old course at St.Andrews. I think you need to book your tee time at least a year in advance.

It's great to be back in Edinburgh and the place hasn't changed a bit. It's been 8 years since we lived here. I thought that I'd feel like a tourist but when you know every street, shop, pub, nook and cranny it's difficult not to feel like a local. I probably know Edinburgh better than anywhere else I've lived and as soon as we stepped onto the streets it was like we never left. One thing that we had both forgotten about is the smell. I don't mean that in a negative way. Edinburgh has a very distinctive smell. There's a huge brewery in the city centre (McEwans) and the smell of the hops fills the air. Generally it's in the morning when it is most noticeable. We love the smell and it brings back just as many memories as anything else.
Sunday was spent walking around and meeting up with my old flatmate, and Jen's childhood buddy, Jayne. We had a nice pub lunch and some good chatter. We'll be meeting up again before we leave. Today (Monday) we plan to visit some of the key tourist attractions. Here's to enjoying some good Scottish food, drink and entertainment over the next few days.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Annual Plainville GE 5K Road Race


Almost 2000 people turned out for this run to benefit the Petit Family Foundation. It was our first attempt at running a 5K. In fact we hadn't planned on taking part because we've only started running a couple of weeks ago and figured that we might be pushing it to run 5K so soon, especially in this hot weather we've been having. As expected it was sunny and hot.We took it at a reasonable pace and we were both pleased with our times:

Rodney - 31:41 (10:11 Pace)

Jenny - 37:22 (12:01 pace)

The race was a very well organized event with plenty of free water and food to keep all the competitors hydrated and fueled up. I encourage you to add this race to your calendar for next year.

This terrible tragedy happened in our neighborhood and this very worthy charity has grown to carry on the charitable efforts of the family members that were lost.

Find out about the foundation here:

A news story on the tragedy can be found here:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cheshire Fireworks Extravaganza

It turns out that Cheshire doesn't have its own fireworks display. A good thing really because there are better things for our tax dollars to be spent on. I think it costs about $100,000 for one of those big shows. Anyway, we decided to buy some much cheaper, but not any less impressive, fireworks from one of those temporary fireworks stores that are only open for a week before July 4th. Money well spent and now you all get to see it too.