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A Post-Lockdown Walk Around South Queensferry ⋆ By Forever Amber

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A Publish-Lockdown Stroll Round South Queensferry

As Scotland’s lockdown restrictions have continued to be eased, we’ve been taking lots of socially-distanced walks in a few of the remotest locations we are able to consider. 

This week, nonetheless, introduced a textual content message from the federal government letting us know that Terry’s shielding guidelines have been virtually utterly lifted (I feel the one factor he’s NOT supposed to try this the remainder of us can is eat inside a restaurant, though apparently sitting exterior one is A-OK…), so we determined to courageous a visit to someplace a bit bit busier than our traditional haunts.

colourful houses in South Queensferry, Scotland

The little city of South Queensferry, close to Edinburgh, is certainly one of our favorite locations for a stroll: a lot so, actually, that we even acquired married there – a truth that absolutely devastated Max after I cheerfully relayed it to him within the automobile on the best way there. “However I don’t WANT to get married, mummy!” he wailed. After which there was a protracted and sophisticated dialog about marriage, and why that may not be taking place to any of us that day. Sure. 

He cheered up, nonetheless, when he noticed what number of little candy retailers there are within the city, and was utterly received over once we agreed to purchase him one thing from certainly one of them:  an occasion which was a fairly large deal for Terry and me too, really,  provided that it was the primary time any of us had been inside an OMGSHOP, since MARCH. MARCH, folks. 

I imply, I do know everybody’s a lot too cool to even point out the entire “world pandemic” factor any extra, however I, in fact, have by no means been cool, which is why my thoughts continues to be utterly blown by the truth that Terry needed to wait 5 months, after which placed on a face masks, as a way to purchase a lollipop for his child, whereas Max and I waited exterior, ensuring we stayed no less than 2 metres away from any passers-by. I imply, how nuts is THAT, severely? 

I don’t imply to indicate that I’ve any problem with the mask-wearing, by the best way, as a result of I completely don’t. It’s simply that it’s all so surreal to me nonetheless that I can’t assist however point out it, regardless that everybody  else is completely OVER the entire thing by now. Like, I nonetheless can’t imagine that the phrases, “Terry’s allowed to enter retailers once more,” got here out of my mouth this week, as if that was a totally regular improvement to be updating folks on, ?

Additionally, as a result of I’m actually freaking tedious about all of this, I spend a LOT of instances as of late saying issues like, “Think about if the LAST time we got here right here, somebody had instructed us that the NEXT time we had been right here, we’d must put on facemasks to enter retailers!” After which Terry has to nod at this superb remark, after which make this face, so I do know he’s pondering fastidiously about what I simply stated, regardless that he’s 100% simply occupied with Name of Responsibility or one thing:

Max's lolly

As for Max, in the meantime, I’ve no concept why he’s trying so quizzical right here (Or, certainly, why he seems to be no less than 32 hastily…) , however I DO realize it’s most likely not something pandemic-related, as a result of, unhappy although it’s to say it, that is all completely regular to him. He did ask why daddy was sporting a masks to enter the store, however calmly accepted my clarification that it was to “defend him from The Germs,” and hasn’t talked about it since.

He appeared utterly oblivious to the folks we handed in face masks, which I used to be actually glad about: I used to be a bit fearful that it could appear scary to him to see folks with their faces coated, however nope, he took it utterly in his stride, thus proving the facility of a Actually Good Lollipop to distract you from absolutely anything. 

Max walking on the sea wall at South Queensferry

looking out at the Forth Rail Bridge from South Queensferry

High Street, South Queensferry, Scotland

pastel houses in South Queensferry

As soon as we’d walked by way of the city (Which Max really actually loved, on account of his fascination with “outdated homes”, proper now. We’ve no concept the place it got here from, however he all the time needs to know if the buildings we move are OLD or not, and, in a spot like South Queensferry Excessive Avenue the reply is nearly all the time “sure”…), we headed down onto the seashore, to forage for sea glass, and faux to be within the Well-known 5…

South Queensferry beach

Looking out over the Firth of Forth and Fort Rail Bridge

Terry and Max at the Forth Rail Bridge

In pre-pandemic instances (Or “precedented instances”, as I now consider them…)  you may get boat rides from right here, or eat at one of many many little eating places scattered alongside the Excessive Avenue. For now, although, we simply thanked our stars that toddlers have the power to search out limitless curiosity in absolutely anything: the pebbled seashore won’t have been fairly as attention-grabbing as Max’s lollipop, clearly, however it got here fairly shut – and that was adequate for us. For now. 

So, it won’t have been precisely the sort of go to we’re used to, however it was nonetheless a fairly good one: and, who is aware of, possibly NEXT time we go to South Queensferry, I’ll have the ability to bore Terry but once more, by saying one thing like, “Bear in mind the final time we got here right here? Might you even have imagined how a lot better issues could be this time?” Effectively, it’s important to hope, proper? 

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