Thursday, 17 April 2014

Just checking in...

We're back from our trip to Scotland and I'm in the process of gathering my notes and my thoughts so I can write up a few posts to tell you all about it.

Here's a photo to be going on with: the boys joining in the table football line-up at the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden Park. Rory's defensive posture needs some work.

Scottish Football Museum, Hampden Park

If you are still enjoying my columns in the Lincolnshire Free Press, here are the two latest articles:

I'm getting in a pickle over pronunciation - my struggle with place names.

Stars of the future on the local stage - talking about our excellent local youth theatre provision.

As always, comments on the newspaper site are very welcome. You might want to add your own pronunciation slip-ups to the first one?


Friday, 4 April 2014

Embarrassing my husband in the paper again

Hot on the heels of Rory's 18th Birthday, another milestone birthday came along for the Burgess family. Yes, Dougie turned 50 last week. I marked the occasion by writing about it in the local paper: cheaper than taking out an announcement. I was given permission to tell the whole world about his big day although many people knew already because his colleagues at work had decorated his room: it was certainly round the village like wildfire.

Here's the link to the online version of the article. As always, I appreciate your support with this new venture of mine, Trish Takes Five.  I'm grateful for any views but feel free to comment (anonymously if you wish) on the website directly.

Beating the 50th birthday blues


Remember when we had a short break in Suffolk, staying at The Ickworth Hotel, part of the Luxury Family Hotels group? To celebrate their silver anniversary, the group have launched a brilliant 80s themed competition to win a night at the Lodge (the part we stayed in) for one person plus their 25 friends and 25 kids! If you're interested, visit their Facebook page for further details. You have until 23 April to enter. 


Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Glasgow vs Edinburgh
2014 is a special year for Scotland. It will welcome the world to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September and the countrywide Homecoming 2014 celebrations throughout the year.

How perfect for my husband Dougie to have his own Homecoming this Easter thanks to Visit Scotland which has arranged a trip for the Burgess family so we can experience the culture, history and style of Scotland's top cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

We have a book at home, Weegies vs Edinbuggers, which is a tongue-in-cheek look at the differences between the two cities. There is certainly a rivalry between the two and I know which one Dougie prefers, but he's biased. So which is better: Glasgow or Edinburgh? There's only one way to find out....

......visit them!

And visit them we shall: two nights in each. We will do our best to see what each city has to offer. In Glasgow we are going to one of the main stadiums for the Commonwealth Games, Hampden Park, plus the world-famous Burrell Collection, one of the most important collections of art ever created by one person.

In Edinburgh we will be visiting during the International Science Festival and hope to cram in other attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close.

I'm hoping there'll be time for shopping and am already drooling at some of the suggestions for eateries: the Ubiquitous Chip anyone?

But I don't want to give all of Scotland's secrets away just yet. You'll have to wait until we return, once they've had the thorough 'Mum's Gone To' analysis.

As we're not going just yet, anyone have their own favourite city of the two? Any suggestions of places to visit or restaurants to try?

While you're having a think about that, here's a picture of Dougie in his kilt, for no other reason than I reckon he looks braw.


Friday, 28 March 2014

Friday Update

Just to let you know, this week's column in the Lincolnshire Free Press is all about stand-up comedy and, in particular, Dougie's habit of getting into conversation with comedians. If you would like to have a read, it would be great to get some views on the online version.

Is there a doctor in the house?

It's a while since I've mentioned my other blog, the one where I'm writing up my dad's memoirs. In the latest post, following on from a number about his time at Cambridge, he is now travelling to Scandinavia to visit housing developments appropriate for his architecture degree. I managed to find some albums with his photos from the trip so it has been fascinating to see his snaps of Copenhagen and Stockholm, taken in 1956. This first post covers his time in Denmark. Sweden to follow shortly.

A summer in Scandinavia - Copenhagen