Today was Anna's first day at school.
She was quite looking forward to it, but Emma and I were a little more nervous.
Fortunately all went well - she went in with no fuss, and came home still happy about the whole thing. Hope tomorrow goes as well!
On our visit to Blackpool Pleasure beach last week, I was impressed with Anna's driving skills.....
We visited Edinburgh Zoo today, first time visiting the Pandas. The weather was typical Scottish summer, gone is the sun of a few weeks ago. It rained fairly heavily for most of the day, but because of the advanced booking required to visit the Panda enclosure, you can't wait for a weather forecast before committing to go.
Wasn't all that impressed with the visit overall, but could very well have had a lot to do with the weather. There didn't seem to be a huge amount to see, perhaps most of the exhibits were sheltering from the rain.
It was also very expensive. Just over £80 for 4 adults and 3 paying children, £4 a car to park, and £4.50 for a children's lunch. But hey, they've got £7 million to pay China.
Yes, I made a slideshow, but I'm not going to publish it as it contains non-family members.
Congratulations to Anna who had her Playgroup Graduation this morning.
Still to have a graduation from nursery, and then it's off to school in just under 9 weeks!
... to me
Having a nice day off, weather is still quite nice - not scorching, but still very pleasant.
Lovely breakfast in bed and Emma made a nice sponge cake covered in chocolate.
Got this card from my parents - wonder what they are trying to say...?
I'm sitting in my garden with Amelia watching the Monaco GP on the iPad.
Making the most of the amazing Scottish weather, and appreciating the technology in play.
Perhaps I'll nip to the fridge for a Guinness during the next ad break.
By popular demand (perhaps not), here is my slideshow from April's visit to San Francisco. Perhaps a little cable-car heavy, but hey - that's what I liked....
Apologies to Train for
pinching using their song. Hope they don't mind. Speaking of Train, buy California 37, it's brilliant.
Inspired by this post, one of the first things I did on my visit to San Francisco was a #30 bus ride to Chestnut Street. Unfortunately, all I found was this:
I had already passed a T-Mobile store barely 1 block along the street, so I went back there - knowing I'd be settling for 2G - and received excellent service from knowledgeable staff who sold me a microsim, installed it and set up my iPhone to use it. In and out in 5 minutes with working data. "$2 Daily UL Talk Text 2G Web" - unlimited voice, text and data for $2 a day. Calls back to the UK are $2 a minute as far as I can make out, even more than roaming would have been - but at least incoming calls are free which is handy if you are here on business.
There doesn't seem be any daily activation required, I've had it 3 days now and haven't had to do anything. I can only imagine the first time you use it any day, you are charged the $2.
Edge/2G coverage is turning out to be more the sufficient. As well as web/email/twitter, I've also successfully used Skype voice calls and even managed a one-way video. The one-way was probably more down to Skype than the mobile connection.
Similarly to AT&T, it seems that topping up by $100 will keep it active for 1 year. I won't be doing that, so I will lose any remaining credit after 90 days. It remains to be seen whether I can re-activate the SIM later, or whether it will be for the bin.
I was watching Amelia on the floor last night and she was managing to roll round on to her side, so I grabbed the iPhone and took some video.
Looking for any excuse to be arty with my new Mac Mini, I made this video. A bit basic, but hopefully more to come as I get better at it.