Winter 2017

Still smelling of dog but basically OK.

In January, we finally took the plunge and bought a wee flat in Glasgow. On the edge of the Merchant City, it’s a big change to Larick House but we’ve had good fun exploring Glasgow and tapping into the city’s fine range of things to do. We had to spend some time cleaning and decorating but it didn’t need that much doing to it and we both look forward to our occasional trips to Glasgae.


We had a good time in spite of the football.

January also saw us visit Sunderland for Jennifer’s surprise 70th birthday party. Dave and I squeezed in a quick trip to the SOL for a Cup match against Burnley. It was dire and Sunderland’s relegation at the end of the season wasn’t surprising. I suspect it may be some time before we see all three north eastern clubs in the Premier League again. Pity.


Suse in action at the Livingston Park Run.

Park Running on Saturday mornings is now a fairly frequent event and we both enjoy battling the hills in Tollcross Park and working out which bus to catch to get back into the city centre. My “running” training regime is a bit more structured than it has been and my 5k times are improving – now in the mid 20 minute range depending upon the course. Fingers crossed I can keep it going.

Early February saw our broadband upgraded and we can now do catch up tv. The BBC haven’t made things easy for us by first of all abandoning their iPlayer service to our freesat box and then later doing the same to one of our TV’s. The solution was a £14.99 nowtv box with no packages but it took some figuring out!

Chilly but good fun.

Having seen the Silencers at their Christmas gig at the ABC and done some classical stuff at the City Halls, we saw another golden oldie (Rab Noakes) at the Fruit Market in Candleriggs the night before we flew out for our warm weather trip to Tenerife with Kathleen, Emily, Richard, Caitlin and Roslyn. Again we enjoyed the fresh air vitamins, blue skies and views, and the company in a very nice house with our own swimming pool.


Later in February, we went to a “wake” for an old Livingston friend Chis Fooks who had died at the end of 2016. It was held in the Cameo Bar in Tollcross, Edinburgh and it was great to celebrate his life. Some of the people, we hadn’t seen for about 40 years but it didn’t seem to make any difference. We all valued the time we had spent with this original, creative man. Have a look at this video and some of Daniel Fooks’s images to see what we mean