Not a bad haul at all.

July 12, 2009
Most of the bag packing team (dog not included)

Most of the bag packing team (dog not included)

Saturday, 11 July.  A good day.  A very good day.

The day our bag packing slot at Sainsbury’s Linlithgow finally arrived.

I wrote to 13 supermarkets back in February and they were the only ones that had anything available in the whole of 2009.  This bag packing lark is popular.

And now I know why.

6 not terribly arduous hours work for a team of nine earned us the not inconsiderable sum of £875!

Big thanks to the Sainsbury’s management and staff who went out of their way to be friendly, helpful and super supportive.

Honourable mentions:

Scott, who went over and above the call of duty by not only loading an elderly lady’s bags into her trolley, but wheeling them out to the carpark and loading them into her boot. 

Katie’s school buddy, Jo, who came to stay for the weekend and graciously gave up her Saturday so that, as Scott put it, “Katie’s dad could have a holiday.” 

And Fraser, who schlepped through from the West to spend a glorious sunny day sweating under the harsh fluorescent lights of a busy supermarket.

Fraser.  Cheap at half the price.

Fraser. Cheap at half the price.










4pm came round swiftly enough, though, and tired but satisfied we packed our jingling buckets into the back of the Previa and went home to count the spoils.

Took nearly as long as the bag pack itself!

The victors (complete with spoils)

The victors (complete with spoils)









After which there was just enough sunshine left for a barbie and a couple of cold ones.

A very good day indeed.


That’s torn it.

July 9, 2009


Well, I went to the doctors yesterday and, thankfully, I was wrong.

My achilles tendon is intact and working  fine (that’s a relief – he said it could take between 6 weeks to 2 years or more to heal that puppy).

But I’ve torn my Gastrocnemius (your whattiumus? – Ed).  That’s the large calf muscle, to you. 

The picture above is an exact representation of what appears to have happened (except it’s my left leg that’s injured). 

The bad news is I have to give it complete rest, apart from gentle walking on the flat, for a minimum of 4 weeks.  Which is a bit of a bummer, as I had lots of hill walking planned at the end of July/beginning of August.

The good news is, he says I should be A1 in time for Peru.

“That’s funny”, I said, “I wasn’t A1 before I ruptured my Gastrothingimus!

A word to our sponsors

July 6, 2009


It was drummed into me at an early age by my dear old mum always to say thanks.  So, given our raffle tickets are all printed and are now selling like hot cakes (warm cakes, to be more accurate – Ed) it seemed a good time to say thanks to all the companies who have made it possible by donating prizes etc.

So here they are:

  • A track day for two at Knockhill race track (worth £300) – The Scotsman
  • 12 month’s gym membership – Edinburgh Leisure
  • New iPod Nano, 8gb – Feather Brooksbank
  • Two vouchers for the Aerial Assault course at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena – EICA, Ratho
  • £50 worth of Marks & Spencer vouchers – Line Up Productions
  • A case of Virgin Wines Boutique Beauties wine – Marketing Society Scotland
  • Bruichladdich 10 year old malt whisky – Kingscavil Consulting
  • Bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne – Media Avenue
  • Artwork and printing of tickets – 60w Communications

Thanks everyone.  Alzheimer’s Scotland and Maggie’s Cancer Centres salute you!