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.
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:
If you look closely you can just make out the William Wallace Monument in the next two photos:
Daniel got straight into his task for the day of throwing as many snowballs as he possibly could:
Ben got his obligatory, “I hate snow” photo:
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)
Stirling is a really pretty place. The architecture is beautiful and there are views in almost every direction.
We walked up to Stirling Castle and then the sun came out and it was magnificent. My photos don’t do it justice.
We made a snowman, of course:
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:
The kids enjoyed sitting in these thrones and pretending to be King and Queen:
I got myself a hat to match Elizabeth’s 🙂
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.