Saturday, 17 July 2010

Wonderful Weekends

I love the weekend, me. We as a family get to spend lots of time together, to eat, drink and be merry. On Friday me and the kids had yet another day out and arrived home in time to start preparing a celebratory dinner for Oh Daddy as he has just got a new job. It was a carnivores dream meal, awesomely tender pork fillet with Stornoway black pudding with a red wine jus (I felt the occasion warranted a bit of poncy-ness) on mustard mash and blueberry pancakes with ice cream to finish.

Friday also included a visit to a soft play factory thing where B decided that she would walk by herself supported by a wall of netting.
Saturday has included a hilarious expedition to Lothian Road to watch first a Albert Lamorisse's short film called the Red Balloon with the kids. It was shown on the gigantic TV in Festival square in the open air (and rain!) The film, which has a music score but almost no dialogue, tells of Pascal (Pascal Lamorisse), who, on his way to school one morning, discovers a large helium-filled red balloon. As Pascal plays with his new found toy, he realizes the balloon has a mind and will of its own, and it begins to follow Pascal wherever he goes, at times floating outside his bedroom window as Pascal's grandmother won't allow it in the apartment. The red balloon follows Pascal through the streets of Paris, and the pair draw inquisitive looks from adults and the envy of other children as they wander the streets. At one point the balloon enters Pascal's schoolroom, causing an uproar from the other students. The noise alerts the principal, who becomes angry with Pascal and locks him up until school is over. At another, Pascal and his balloon encounter a little girl (Sabrina Lamorisse) with a blue balloon that also seems to have a mind of its own. In their wanderings around the neighbourhood, Pascal and the balloon encounter a gang of bullies, who are envious of Pascal's balloon, and they soon destroy his new friend. The film ends as the other balloons in Paris come to Pascal's aid and take him on a cluster balloon ride over the city.

We came home for a lunch of spicy sweet potato soup before returning to Festival Square to watch the amazing 1926 classic The General with Buster Keaton.  Johnnie (Keaton) loves his train ("The General") and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnny must rescue both his loves. Although it started to rain, watching this was great as the Filmhouse had someone playing the piano throughout this silent film. A once in a lifetime opportunity for kids to see this kind of cinema now. A was mesmerised...

Looking forward to home-made chocolate pecan pie tonight...


  1. I'm finding it hard to move beyond that pic of the food; mmmmmm....I'm having a Homer Doughnut moment;delicious! x

  2. Thanks Helen. It was delicious, even if I say so myself. I look forward to reading your blog. x

  3. The food looks and sounds amazing, but I'm particularly drawn to your talk of the cinema. I'm superimpressed that your spawn sat through the films! Sounds like you had a cracking time :)

  4. Ha ha Vonnie. They didn't really have a choice! B was restrained in her buggy and A ran around the square during the bits he found boring. x


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