Week 1 included visits to Peebles, Edinburgh Zoo, the first in a series of 4 craft classes and the ‘Village People’ tour of Edinburgh.
The week started with a trip to historic Peebles. Unfortunately it didn’t take long after arriving for the rain to start, but it didn’t stop people having a nice look around the unique shops. One bus did make up for the weather with a nice lively sing song on the bus on the way back home!
On Wednesday the craft class started up with this year’s theme being ‘upcycling’. The participants were tasked with designing and making a ‘no-sew’ beach bag from old t-shirts. The innovative designs included flowers, the zodiac, geometric designs and a sea scene.
On Thursday, tour guide Richard took 11 lucky people around Edinburgh on a tour dubbed ‘Village People’ – looking at the lives of people from 3 different backgrounds, the rural farming community of Corstorphine, the industrial mill town of Cramond and the fishing village of Newhaven. As always it was interesting, informative and fun!
The final bus of the week went to Edinburgh Zoo and, with many participants never having been there in 40 years, everyone was keen to see the changes to the 100 year old establishment. As a group we all visited the famous Giant Pandas and enjoyed the PEP pack lunch. The rest of the day was spent wandering taking in the animals and enjoying the sunshine.