Now that the other commitments have finally been met it is time to turn my thinking toward Christmas.
A few things are on the critical path: a visit to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh in order to purchase some seriously good one-off cask strength whisky as presents for one or two folk.
I am a member so it is my pleasure to take people to the club room in Leith where there is lunch which can be ordered while one tries out some of the bottles on offer.
Time to catch up with Inger! She has now retired so is free to be a Lady Who Lunches with the rest of us. (Don't put too much emphasis on the "lady" bit ... but never mind!)
We stayed for several hours in the club room (converted from an old bonded wharehouse some years ago). The weather was dry (unlike Glasgow) but oh my goodness ... are the streets of Edinburgh in a mess as they tear them up - block after block after block - to lay the lines for the trams that are to be installed. There are diggers everywhere and transport in the centre is simply not possible. It means looping around back streets to go anywhere. It has been going on for several years and, really, it's getting worse!
So we had a lovely day with Inger as Iain joined us later in the day. She hasn't changed a bit but ... oh my ... another thing that has not changed: