Musings from Durham

I had an inspiration on Friday that it would be nice if I were to surprise my parents with a visit this weekend. After all… it is Father’s Day (today I guess :)) and I don’t get home very often despite only living 1.5 hours away. So I boarded the bus this morning and headed home. After 2.5 hours on the bus and many pages read in my book, I was in New Glasgow. Of course, this is where I would have had problems with not telling anyone - it is a 20 minute drive from New Glasgow to my place. So my brother was in on the plan and was surprisingly faithful in being there when my bus got in. We then went to my brother’s soccer game where my parents were. I must say that the reaction was all that I had hoped for.

So now I am at my laptop having finished watching the obligatory movie in the living room with the family. We are avid movie watchers in my family and we have quite an impressive collection that has quite a breadth of scope. And so every weekend, at least two or three movies are watched - this time it was Love Actually which is actually one from my personal collection - and an amazing film for those who haven’t seen it.

I also managed to get into the pool as well, despite it not being really all that warm. In fact it was warmer underwater than above. After the customary game of water ‘volleyball’ we all crawled out to the solace of dry towels. I am hoping that tomorrow is a bit warmer, but I’m not going to hold my breath after checking the weather forecast. And although I didn’t get a chance to wrassle some livestock, I am glad that I decided to come down even for one night.

Written by Colin Bate