Saturday 13 April 2013

Biggar's better

Allegedly Biggar had a slogan, back in the 80s when such things were in vogue, that read "London's Big But Biggar's Better". With the sun finally breaking through and the temperature rising high enough to dispense with hats, scarves and gloves (but not enough to melt the last of the snows on the Lammermuir Hills), I took the boys to Biggar for a picnic today. Burnbraes Park, with its ford, grassy slopes and extended playpark has been a favourite location for a few years and today was no different. From following sticks down the river to a train of four going down the slide, the boys all played well together, especially when Angus was on the tyre swing and demanding to go higher and faster, spinning round like a madman. Whether this, or his earlier complaints of a sore tummy prompted it, I don't know, but after demanding more spinning Angus was sick all over the grass! He recovered quickly as his brothers rolled down the grassy banks.

I got out for my first golf outing yesterday, up at St. Andrews to play the Jubilee course for the first time in 25 years. I remember it being almost the runt of the litter of the St. Andrews courses when I was at University - you could play it for £1. 5000% increase since then! It's been altered since then, though not greatly. I picked up Scott at 0700 as we drove up to meet Steve and Pete for an 0824 tee-off time. I had a reasonable front nine, birdieing one of the par fives thanks to my new rescue club, but fell away on the back nine. Scott had a shocker as we slumped to a 6&5 defeat. Afterwards we walked across to the New Golf Club, where Steve is now a member, and had lunch overlooking the 18th fairway of the Old Course. It was good to be back in the Auld Grey Toun, even for a brief stop, and I enjoyed being back on the course. Hopefully I'll get a few rounds in and get my handicap down from 18 this year.

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