It was a sunny day in Oban when the UK-based Uncommon Knowledge team headed for the bright lights of Edinburgh. It was the start of a weekend away to celebrate the retirement of our editorial star and consultant Kathleen.
Thankfully the weather followed us and we enjoyed a glorious weekend of clear skies, warmth and optimal photographic conditions. Scotland’s capital is just so pretty that cameras are essential.
After a breakfast of haggis and, well, more haggis, we spent Saturday morning
drawing funny pictures working very hard in our Annual Review meeting. This was a great chance for us to share the past year’s accomplishments and discuss what’s next for the company.
Delving into Edinburgh’s dark side
Once the responsible stuff was over with, it was time to head to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where we encountered ancient buildings, street performers and the soothing sounds of bagpipes. Why were we there? To meet our guide Apolline from Mercat Tours, who took us on a ghostly tour of Edinburgh’s Blair Street Underground Vaults.
A few gruesome stories later, we emerged into the sunlight slightly more jumpy but suitably entertained.
A special send-off
The main event of the weekend was a three course dinner on Saturday night to thank Kathleen for her huge contribution to Uncommon Knowledge over the 10 years she’s been part of the team.
“Over the last ten years, Kathleen has been a lynchpin of quality, professionalism and good sense for Uncommon Knowledge’s content. Kathleen’s patience, constant good humour and encouragement has made our working lives so much better. We will miss her very much.”
– Mark Tyrrell and Roger Elliott
There were speeches.
And a grand amount of delicious food.
Oh, and … a magician?!
So, from all of us here at Uncommon Knowledge Oban office, we’d like to wish Kathleen a happy retirement in her garden. Cheers!