Thursday, August 26, 2004

Heyja all,

Am still very much alive, actually starting to really like this city here as a place to live. Admittedly neither the bank account nor the telephone have come through, yet, but It'll work out I'm sure ;-)

Thank you for bearing with me, as things stand I'm writing a couple of words at a time when I go to an internet cafe and downloading pictures unto the picture site en masse at the same time.

The kids are loving their school, believe it or not as well as loving the warmth and opportunities here. Warmth as in being able to wear shorts and skirts sans tights and opportunities as in parks, merry go roundabouts, chinese eat-all-you-can restaurants, tv channels, butterfly farms ect.... :-D I'm loving the fact that even on my student allowance I can afford to grant them things, going out to that chinese restaurant for the three of us costs about 15£ in Iceland I couldn't get a takeaway hamburger for us for that prize.

Sitting in the sun in the park, gazing up at Edinburgh Castle eating ice cream after having been playing or sitting in a pub after having been to a church festival/jumblesale/barbeque/jumping castle, eating crisps and drowning juice
(I of course had the required ice cold beer in hand) Ragnar exclaimed (both times) this has been the best day ever ;-) Warms a mothers heart...

As things stand I have no idea when I'll actually get a phone line so the blogging is going to be very intermittant until then. Well to all ye weirdoes that actually read this thing ;-) Live long and prosper.. ? ;-) Oh I went and baught the Firefly series on DVD it was bound to happen sooner or later and I was practically forced !! Honest..innocent blinking ;-p

As usual all pictures are to be found here ;-)

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Hiya all,

A very short note just to say that I am indeed alive and well and currently residing in rainy Edinburgh ;-) After a hectic month or so we moved on the ninth of August and due to the amazingly bureaucratic way of things here I still haven't got a phone line nor an internet connection. You see I need a bank account to be able to get a telephone line, only I can't get a bank account unless I have a bill that's been sent to my house or a valid British drivers licence and one seems to need a bank account to be able to get those.. kinda a catch 22. Anyways, dad sent a letter of refrence stating he'd known me all his life and things seem to be working out. Hopefully I'll have a bank account tomorrow and can then go about getting hooked online again.

We have a lovely apartment just off Leith walk so we're close to the centre but still in a fairly quiet residential area. Admittedly the colour of the water took us by surprice ;-D. And the best of all is that the kids primary school is just around the corner!

The kids started school on Tuesday, which was quite an experience for them seeing as they don't speak the language at all... but They're coping admirably :-) Of course ! Seeing as they're mine ;-P

Elena is in Primary one and was quite miffed when she found out the first day that to begin with they'd only be painting and playing, she'd thought they'd get straight down to learning the letters and things ;-)

Ragnar went into Primary four and is so out of his league, but he seems to be coping and the kids have been really helpful. I let him out to play by himself last night and I was the worst mother hen ever, actually hiding behind a truck to see how he was coping and wether he managedto make contact. Difficult knowing how much leaway to give them when I know that he doesn't even know the street name yeat and can't speak the language.

Anyways, this will have to do for now, some pictures on my photopage including a couple of them in their new school uniforms :-)