Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Mindless Vandals

Today, I was saddened to read in the local paper that the club house of one of Musselburgh's great rugby rivals, Portobello was destroyed by fire on Sunday night. According to reports in the press and on the clubs web site it was set on fire by vandals. 50 years of club history and memories just wiped out.......For what, I ask?

The pix taken at the scene show the devastation the fire caused.

I feel sick to the stomach that this has happened. All the players, members and supporters at Portobello must be in shock. I only hope they manage to "rise from the ashes" like the Phoenix. We look forward to playing there again next season, new club house or not!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Well that's it!

Yes, that's it.......The rugby season is finished till 19th August! Yiphee FREE Sunday afternoons from now till then! Hey don't get me wrong I LOVE being involved with the kids rugby, but sometimes it gets a tad tedious, especially when its pouring with rain and howling a gale and boy there seems to have been a lot of Sundays like that this season!

We had our presentation night last Friday, which went well. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the kids had fun. Unfortunately no "Player of the Year" or "Most improved player" trophies came home to take up residence in gourdongirls cabinet this year! However both boys have won several medals which have moved in to the cabinet to reside with the ones won in previous seasons.

Here are some pix of the boys in action from their last tournament of the season at Preston Lodge.

Ronan running into support the guy with the ball. (He's the one in blue and white, just behind the guy on the ground!)

Ronan after collecting his runners up medal at the Preston Lodge tournament.

Robert running up the wing with the ball in the hope of scoring yet an other try for Musselburgh!

Yup, you guessed it......It was raining at the Preston Lodge tournament and here's a pic of the "Mud Magnet" to prove it!

That's it, no more rugby pix till the season starts again.........I promise!

The boys have also been doing basketball on a Monday after school, but that finishes next week!!! They had been doing it on a Tuesday at Musselburgh Sports Centre, but a few new boys started and they just wanted to play around and didn't listen to the coach, as a result the whole class spent most of the hour doing punishment exercises because of them so I moved them to an other class and they just love it!

Now that the basketball and rugby have finished for a few months I've had to look for something else for the boys to do to keep them active over the summer. DH has just started coaching tennis to kids at the local tennis club on a Saturday morning, so they have been going along with him and they both seem to enjoy that. Robert has just started swimming lessons on a Tuesday, which he is also enjoying. Hopefully we will do a regular swim session on a Monday after school, which will help Robert learn quicker and Ronan can do lengths to improve his fitness and swimming times.I'm saying "we" as if it will be me doing the swim session, but its not, it's my friend Fran who will be going into the pool with the kids. I refuse to buy a swim suit till I loose some more weight! Fran's son, Lewis will swim along with Ronan and I think Duncan, spinningfishwifes son is coming along too.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Murals at Prestongrange by Tom Ewing

This is an interview done with Tom Ewing about the murals he painted at Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum. Tom is being interviewed by my DH!

BTW DH will be totally mortified when he discovers I have put this on my blog as he hates the way he sounds! At no time during the interview do you actually see him.

Friday, May 04, 2007

A ray of Sunshine?

I was catching up with some blog reading and found this on Yorkie's blog, and since I hadn't done one for a while I decided to go a head!

You Are Sunshine

Soothing and calm
You are often held up by others as the ideal
But too much of you, and they'll get burned

You are best known for: your warmth

Your dominant state: connecting

Then I found this when I was finding out what weather I was and JUST had to find out if I was a morning or night person?

You Are a Night Person

For you, there's nothing worse than having to get up and moving early.
In fact, you probably don't hit your peak until well after the sun has set.
So if your struggling to make it on a normal schedule, realize it's not your fault.
You just weren't meant to do anything during the day!

Well there's a surprise....NOT. I guess that might have something to do with why I work nights!

Then I found this on Robin's blog!

You Are An ESFJ

The Caregiver

You are sympathetic and caring, putting friends and family first.
A creature of habit, you prefer routines and have trouble with change.
You love being in groups - whether you're helping people or working on a project.
You are good at listening, laughing, and bringing out the best in people.

You would make a great nurse, social worker, or teacher.

Oh well there you go!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

A "secret" package arrives

I meant to post about this wonderful package last week, but with work and rugby commitments this is the first chance that I have actually had to sit down at the computer long enough to post about it.

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to my wonderful secret pal, who has totally spoiled me rotten,and according to her there is yet an other package on its way. I guess gourdongirl needs to start stalking the mailman again!

In the package was some wonderful 4ply by Jaeger in a grape colour, a skein of Rowan 4ply in blue and one in black/grey. There was also a skein of ? aran weight and one of ? lace weight in what I think might be her own hand spun and dyed yarn, also in a grape coulour. It is so soft and yummy, I must confess to fondling it ALOT! I'm not sure what all that yummy yarn will turn out to be, but once it "talks to me" you will all find out!

Also in the package was a selection of Koolaid sachets so that I can experiment with dying. I'll need to buy some undyed yarn first so I can do that. Dying my own is something I have never been brave enough to try......One day I will! There was also some nappy pins for holding small amounts of stitches, 2 sheepy pencils for the boys and a packet of lambs whoopsies! (chocolate sweets!) I must admit that I didn't eat any of them, and that is definitely NOT like me, but since I returned to Weight Watchers I have been watching my chocolate intake, having said that I have it on VERY good authority that the lambs whoopsies were delicious.... Yes the boys got them!

As I said earlier, a BIG thank you goes to my secret pal who has been really wonderful. I think I know who she is, but I'm looking forward to the big reveal to see if I have guessed right!

On the knitting front I have done a bit more of the border on my Civil War Shawl. This is taking ages, in fact I knitted the main body of the shawl in less time! I have also just finished knitting a sock. However I have lost the other ball of yarn, so will have to delay starting the next one. I know it is in the house somewhere!! I promise to take some pix and post them soon.

Well I weighed in at "fat club" this morning and despite having a tricky weekend for food, I still managed to loose 3lb, so that brings my total so far to 9lbs in 2 weeks! This weekend will be an other tricky one as I am helping out at the Musselburgh 7's rugby competition on Saturday and on Sunday the boys have an other rugby tournament. However as long as I watch what I'm doing and factor in all my indiscretions I should be OK.