Memories to last a lifetime: Park Life

I can never understand people that say they’d be bored if they were at home all day, or if they didn’t have to go to work. There aren’t enough hours in the day for all the stuff I want to do!

Last week I had every intention of taking my third pass at Ulysses by James Joyce. It’s a bloody hard read but from what I understand it’s well worth the effort, despite the fact that my previous 2 attempts haven’t seen me past the 3rd chapter. The book is set on June 16th so I decided that would be a good day to start, because I’m weird like that. Of course, as tends to be the way with these things, the 16th of June came and went and I never had a second thought about it. I’m currently playing catch-up (and making the most of the online reading guides,) so if you’ve read it I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I think I mentioned in a previous post about the art shop that Jenn and I own; Ink Monkey Art Supplies on North Street, in the Cathedral Quarter. It’s the reason that I missed the Ulysses deadline- I finally got around to building our online store! We’re selling artwork and gifts that we’ve made with our own fair hands as well as stationery, art supplies, colouring books, and loads more to come! Check it out at and please let me know what you think.

Amber and I did manage to find time to build a kite this week too! I think the dimensions are a little off as it didn’t fly quite as well as I would’ve liked, but that’s a good excuse to build a bigger and better one next week. Despite the slightly wonky flight-path Amber still had great fun chasing it around the field like a crazy person.

After school on Wednesday we went to the park as the weather was good, and Amber managed to spot this little binhoker helping himself to some chips.

If you’re ever in the Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, the squirrels will come down from the trees and eat out of your hand. Definitely a favourite memory of mine from when I was about 8 🙂

Amber also managed to slip on a wet grating in the park and fall flat on her face, but took it like a champ and escaped with nothing more than a soaking wet uniform. The joys!

Hard to believe she’s finished P2 already… her report card came home this week and gave me a good opportunity to put my last article into practice. Never a dull moment, and like I said, never enough hours in the day!

Until next time, keep on keepin’ on 🙂

Tommy x

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