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.

27 thoughts on “Stirling

  1. The kids are so cute, and beautiful pictures of snow. I wish I had thought of giving my child the choice between a party and a weekend away. She never really enjoyed them, although I hoped she would, but it’s easy to get swept up in the pressure of having to have a party, who to invite etc.

      1. I think there is a general perception that everyone must like parties that is really not true. I remember not liking them as a child, and having to do an exercise in a class when I was about 12 where you have to categorise things into “light” and “dark” and knowing that I was expected to put “birthday party” into the “light” category and deciding to put it into “dark” instead. Happy birthday to Daniel.

      2. I agree that parties are not always necessarily in the “light” category. I also sometimes find them tiresome and I think my preference is probably for small gatherings rather than large ones.

  2. Happy Birthday Daniel 🙂 It was well worth all your pain (And if Men had to give birth, the Human race would have died out long ago!)
    Stirling does look lovely – as does all Scotland! I love it too 🙂

  3. Actually I think if men had to give birth it would be completely pain free by now; there’s not a chance we’d have allowed centuries of such pain. Love the views and envy the snow.

  4. Happy 9th birthday to Daniel.

    Glad that he preferred an experience to a party.

    Lovely photos. Seems Stirling is a nice place. Perhaps time to upgrade your phone 😊

    1. I know. I’m still using an iPhone 4s but I can’t justify buying a new one when my old one still works. It is getting rather slow now though and the battery doesn’t last very long when I’m taking lots of pics so I have to carry a backup battery.

      1. I understand; it is hard to blowup 1000 bucks on a new phone when the current one still works okay.

        I am still living with my five year three month old iPhone 4; although I also have a three year old iPhone 5 from work.

      2. Wow, you’re doing well to still have an iPhone 4. Do you use it? Yeah, I just can’t justify buying a new one and now I’ve set a bit of a challenge for myself to see how long I can make this phone last 🙂

  5. Wonderful photos. I love being able to see some of Scotland through your eyes. You upstage the rest of the family with your red coat and playfulness. You are a good mom 🙂

  6. The countryside around Stirling is lovely. What a great way for Daniel to celebrate his birthday! I see that Ben must have copped a snowball just before you took one of your photos. Enjoy the rest of your time in Stirling. 🙂 Happy birthday to Daniel as well. 🙂

  7. Stirling is great – once spent a winter day there wandering aimlessly while my broken down car got fixed – loads of history plus some nice cafes – I’m sure too many folks blast past on the M90 on the way somewhere else and don’t stop to explore

    1. I think you’re probably right. There weren’t all that many people at the castle yesterday so I suspect a lot of people skip it in favour of Edinburgh or Glasgow. But Stirling Castle is way better than Edinburgh Castle in my view. There’s also surprisingly lots to do here.

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