It's my Scottish grandchildren's half term this week. The wee one in Melbourne doesn't get these breathers just yet. "Thank goodness" I hear her parents sigh!
The children here have such a hectic life these days, now that they have to commute into Edinburgh to school every day, that the first few days of this week have been chill out time. They have spent far too long on their various bits of technology but I have just gone with that. They needed to be still for a while. The only other thing we have been doing is cooking. Each day one of them has cooked the supper for all six of them to sit down to in the evening, when their parents got home from work. I have tried to teach them a few skills attached to each dish. Apparently the family have been scoring each meal, and so far the older boy, of the younger set of twins, is in the lead by 5 points. On Monday they sat down to chicken casserole followed by a mango smoothie for pudding; On Tuesday, cheesy gougeres with a bacon sauce, followed by an apple and cinnamon round, and yesterday, beef stroganoff and then chocolate brownie and ice cream! Tomorrow it's my granddaughter's turn. She is rather more experienced than the boys. She loves to bake and gets on with it on her own. But she is going to make a quiche, so I think she may need some guidance - although she may have other ideas!!
Yesterday morning was glorious so we took the dogs for a walk, while it was still early. The sun filtered through the trees and there are some lovely colours to be found amongst the undergrowth in the wood.
The sky was blue and whilst we didn't have a birds eye view of the world, it all seemed pretty good from where I was standing.
One of my favourite moments of the week so far has been my first sighting, in my life, of a coma butterfly. At first I thought it was just a tatty tortoiseshell butterfly and then yesterday I got a closer look and realised it was something new to me.
I sent this photo to the Countryside Ranger for East Lothian Council. They are not rare butterflies but apparently this one is a late flier! So he asked for more details which he has sent on to the Council's butterfly guy! That must be a nice job!