I’ve been barely concealing (ok not managing to conceal at all) my jealousy of people nipping off for nice sensible week or two week long summer holidays over the last month.

But I’ve been biding my time, and now, just as ‘back to school’ time approaches, my holiday season begins.  Hooray!

It starts with a long weekend in Dublin, which I’m excited about as I’ve never been to Ireland.  We’re taking the train and ferry (as you’d expect) which turns out to be a total bargain, and for once in my life cheaper than taking the plane! Here’s the details of how to do it on Seat61.

I’ve managed to find us a genuine georgian pad to stay in, complete with ‘boudoir’ piano, courtesy of the Irish Landmark Trust.  We’re going with Ed’s brother and sister, and I’m told that his bro is a pro on the old piano, so I’m hoping for a concert.


Then we’re up to Edinburgh for another long weekend, to check out the festival.  I’ve got a rigorous schedule lined up, but I’m going to make darned sure I squeeze in a visit to David Bann, my favourite veggie restaurant.

Well, that’s it for August.  September and October hold more holiday treats, but more of them later.

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