This week’s highlights were Falkirk town, the Craft Class, the Volunteers Barbeque, Edinburgh’s ‘Curiosity bus tour’ and a visit to the Scottish Owl Centre
The week started at Falkirk and while Falkirk’s one way system got the better of the buses, it was an enjoyable visit to the town and the weather was lovely for a wander. The group were able to sit outside and enjoy their lunch in the precinct in the sun.
The craft class saw the continuation of the trendy t-shirt beach bags with many people being able to start their second design. We had butterflies, swans and an ocean going liner! This time the group also enjoyed some delicious hand baked biscuits to go with their teas and coffees. The class was packed with 10 participating
One of the highlights of the volunteers’ year is the thank you from the staff in the form of a party. Seeing as its summer and the weather was good; we held a barbeque at PEP’s offices in the sensory garden. There was a delicious spread laid on overseen by volunteer co-ordinator Elaine. There were burgers, ‘posh-dog’ hotdogs, chicken grillers and vegetarian options, all complemented with sauces, salads crisps and dips. Yum! There was also a raffle with prizes including wine, chocolates and gift sets. The weather held and the volunteers who could make it, enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with good company.
Thank you to all the volunteers who help to make PEP a continual success.
Thursday meant that it was once again time to join tour guide Richard for the ‘Curiosity bus tour’. This time the focus was learning about how land uses have changed in Edinburgh across time. They visited Saughton Gardens the site of the grand 1908 exhibition with amusements, rides and greenhouses. They stopped at The Yard at ‘The Land of Canonmills’; originally a loch with fishing and winter curling then a Gymnasium in the Victorian era. They also visited the site of Calton Gaol at Regents Road and the historic Grassmarket
The week concluded with an outing to the Scottish Owl Centre at Polkemmet Country Park. Again the weather was not favourable, but it didn’t stop the participants from enjoying themselves and getting a ringside seat for the owl flying demonstrations.