Scotland – where tracksuit pants are a fashion statement

5 August

I sit on the beach by the fire watching the sun set behind a Hebridean Island.  Beanie and jacket on, hands tucked deeply into warm pockets.

  The kids are asleep after a hard day of sand play, rock pool exploration and general camping mayhem.  Right now in this moment, it is so peaceful and beautiful.  Situations like this make me content… and contemplative. 2017-08-08 21.08.55 (640x423)

I contemplate the past month.  I’ve either forgotten what a normal busy life is like (work eat sleep repeat) or it has actually been a crazy busy month, I can’t decide which.  The sun drops below the island, spraying reds and oranges through the clouds and the gentle breeze bites a little harder.

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Why toast marshmellows when you can toast chocolate cookies?  One happy camper.

It’s been a fantastic month of hanging out with Scottish family and seeing both my parents too.  Not to mention a major milestone – 20 years since Justin and I met on a fateful night in Glasgow.  I don’t think I’ve slept in the same bed for more than 5 nights in a row.  At first all the socialising was overwhelming.  After all, for months it has only been us four together with the occasional social event.  Not this back to back, let-me-consult-my-calendar socialising.  But we’ve loved it.  Little cousins have run around and formed strong bonds, having the chance to connect on several occasions.  Grown up cousins and siblings have reconnected.  It was the right decision to come here for an extended stay.  (I’m glad we came in summer, though, we never left the house without a winter coat on)  Brrrr!

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Quality time spent camping with Uncle Paul, Aunty Kate and cousin Luka

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Heaps of fun hanging out with cousin Harry too.

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Fancy dinner out with Pa… until Kynan opened his mouth and let out a earsplitting BURRRP!  Then giggled his head off.

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Exploring the gardens of the Hill House and found these two gnomes, aptly named Nan and Pop.

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We celebrated 20 years by staying in a castle for a night.

This dwindling camp fire can’t compete with the cold breeze and I probably should go to bed, but I allow myself to indulge in thoughts of the future for a few more moments.  We are now boat owners!!!  Wowee!  I can’t believe it.  Owners of a boat that I haven’t seen and needs a lot of work.  In a week Justin, Claude and I will go to France.  I will get my first sight of the boat and return home 3 days later to look after the kids while the men remain to fix her up.  I can’t wait to see her, but it will mean breaking up our family for 6-8 weeks so I have mixed emotions.  Righto, bedtime.

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Quality time with daddy before he leaves to work on the boat, at Justin’s favourite childhood shop.

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I leave you with a picture of Tarbet, a quintessential Scottish village.

5 September 

It didn’t quite go to plan.  Now we’re all in France.  But that’s a story for another day.

 

5 comments

  1. Will type our message again,as it didn’t work.( I know I’m a Neanderthal when it comes to technology.) Anyway, we’re glad you’re all together again. Gorgeous photos, love the ice- cream chairs! Bruce looks so much like Uncle Ernie in the photo you have of him, there’s definitely Stargatt there! I’m sure it was lovely to share some time with your parents. Happy 20th to both of you, you complement each other, here’s to a long and happy future,with lots of adventures. Much love from Wilma & Eric.xx

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  2. Glad you’re all together again. Beautiful photos,love the ice-cream chairs! Bruce looks so much like Uncle Ernie in the photo you have of him, there’s definitely Stargatt there! I’m sure it was lovely sharing time with your parents. Happy 20th to both of you, you complement each other, here’s to a long and happy future, with lots of adventures. Much love from Wilma & Eric.xx

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  3. All different then in Thailand. I love kids on the beach with a bear foot, ruged up in worm clothes . Lovely Happy anniversary. A lots of love to all. Lillian xxx

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