Close to the Close

Passage, court, place, lane, path, arcade, walk, wynd, steps, yard, terrace, close…all of these are other words that can be used for alley in the United Kingdom. I heart the UK-especially Scotland-for this and many other reasons. My husband, Tim, and I fell in love with these passageways in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, when we first visited in 2010. We recently returned from our third trip and while there, managed to take a picture in front of each close on the Royal Mile. These small areas between roughly 400 year-old buildings pull at our heartstrings and we both feel a sense of magical unworldliness.  We had made a vow to explore each one in their entirety during this last trip, even if that included a bit of trespassing!  We found 70 but if we missed one, please tell us…we will immediately start plans for a return trip to capture the close. We would not want our collection incomplete!

 

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Let It Go

I am Meredith: Mother of Cameron & Morgan, Creature Who Carries Purse and She Who Sings Orders…you can imagine that Frozen’s Let It Go has not escaped my house. Rather, it moved in, does not pay rent and does not appear to be leaving. However, these three words have resurfaced and this time, I am the vocalist. Below are a series of pictures from the South Second Street Lego Saga.

IMG_3885Picture 1: My OCD attempt to make order. All legos were separated by color and placed
into drawers. Big, ugly, plastic organizer was stored in the closet.

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Picture 2: Inevitably, the legos ended up like this and one of my
baking sheets was consumed by the closet (I did not bake for 13 months).

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Picture 3: One of the many creations that were hiding in the closet. First clue
I needed to stop suffocating their creativity by keeping it closet-bound and provide an accessible, convenient building environment.

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Picture 4: Fifteen minutes after relocation and drawer dumping.
Surprisingly, the mixing of colored blocks was very satisfying visually
and audibly to this left-brainer.

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Picture 5: My favorite. This is where I found them the next morning and have since been playing
here for hours.  Note: check out my youngest, rockin’ the bed head.

Simply put: Let It Go, Mom.

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