Stirling

9 years ago today I became a mother. Daniel’s birth was very quick and hideously painful. I did not get any pain relief for his birth because although I asked for an epidural, there was no anaesthetist available at the hospital in Christchurch to administer one. It was ghastly. But now he has grown into a kind and gentle boy and I love him to bits. Happy birthday, dear Daniel.

We are celebrating his birthday with him by spending the weekend in Stirling. I asked Daniel whether he wanted a party or a weekend away and he chose a weekend away. Last year we went to Aviemore for his birthday and that was really nice. However, Stirling is even better in many ways because, historically, it’s a very interesting place and we also woke up this morning to a landscape dusted with snow.

Here are the kids at breakfast this morning.

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We’re staying in a Victorian school that has been converted into a hotel and it’s wonderful. We ate breakfast in one of the old classrooms:

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If you look closely you can just make out the William Wallace Monument in the next two photos:

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Daniel got straight into his task for the day of throwing as many snowballs as he possibly could:

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Ben got his obligatory, “I hate snow” photo:

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We walked passed The Church of the Holy Rude (haha, Rude …. being the immature person that I am, I couldn’t resist getting a photo of the sign)

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Stirling is a really pretty place. The architecture is beautiful and there are views in almost every direction.

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We walked up to Stirling Castle and then the sun came out and it was magnificent. My photos don’t do it justice.

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We made a snowman, of course:

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Stirling Castle is one of the best castles we’ve visited. There are so many things of interest to children and lots of hands-on activities. They even had dress-ups for little AND big people:

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The kids enjoyed sitting in these thrones and pretending to be King and Queen:

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I got myself a hat to match Elizabeth’s 🙂

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I love living in Scotland. We’re so lucky to have so many cool weekend destinations to choose from. Stirling is only a couple of hours by train from Aberdeen. Everyone here is also incredibly friendly.