The weekend after Stacey and I returned from Paris, we had the pleasure of my mum and grandparents coming to visit us for the weekend! It was a little stressful, making sure that the flat was clean and tidy and organising fun things to do which wouldn’t wear my nan and grandad out too much, but we ended up having a brilliant weekend together!
As I mentioned before, my grandparents hadn’t met Stacey before, and I’m not out to them – so I was a little worried about this visit – I really shouldn’t have been, as my grandparents absolutely loved Stacey! They arrived on Thursday evening and we all had a good catch-up before heading to bed – ready for our big day on Friday, exploring the National Museum of Scotland!
I’ve been to the National Museum of Scotland a few times – including when Stacey and I went to the RBS Museum Lates earlier this year – but it was great fun playing on all the interactive exhibits with my mum and grandad. From racing a F1 car round an Edinburgh track on a giant screen to testing our reaction speeds and generating our own electricity (via a hand pedal) – we had so much fun!
We spent a good deal of the day at the NMS, before heading to a pub for a late lunch / early dinner and then heading home to meet Stacey. We ended up staying up pretty late and putting the world to rights – it was so nice to just have my mum staying in my house, knowing when I woke up the next day she would still be there.
On Saturday, we headed to Edinburgh Castle. As it was the St Andrew’s Day weekend, we’d managed to get free entrance to the castle – it’s something that Historic Scotland offer each year to encourage people to visit their attractions. It’s such a great initiative, as entrance to the Castle is normally quite expensive – £13 a head – and it was great to take the family to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and the War Memorial.
We spent a good few hours at the Castle, and we also headed to the Farmers’ Market to grab a joint to roast the next day for Sunday lunch – we ended up with buffalo which was slow-cooked with red wine and carrots – so good! Saturday evening, we ended up playing board games on the floor of our living room; Stacey and my grandad versus me and my nan – obviously, I won!
Sunday came around far too quickly, and after the family had packed their bags, we all headed to the Royal Botanic Gardens to have a pre-dinner walk. It was lovely to see the frozen-over pond and a group of people doing a festive walk around the gardens, dressed in santa hats and reindeer antlers! It was so much fun so show my grandparents the Botanic Gardens because it really is one of my favourite places in Edinburgh – I just find it so beautiful.
By 4pm, I’d headed into town with mum and the grandparents, sheparded them onto the airport bus and waved them off – before immediately bursting into tears. I loved having them come to visit but it is so hard waving goodbye; it made me realise just how hard it must have been for my mum, waving me off as I leave for Scotland – which she’s now been doing for six years.
However, I am now home – and by tonight I’ll probably be curled up on the sofa watching Elf or something equally festive with my mum – doing the last of my Christmas present wrapping! It was a wonderful pre-Christmas visit, and I can’t wait to see everyone again (tomorrow!) on Christmas day!Carley