I’m finally in Scotland and what a wait it has been!
The term is over, I’ve taken time off work and managed to move house and all the energy I had has gone…..
My aunt ever so kindly picked me up from Manchester on the way up to my grans in Scotland. She was caught in a terrible traffic-jam so took a bit longer than expected, but it suited me fine because I managed to fit in a hot yoga session and pick up a few last minute presents for my gran and cousin, Tom.
I should have tried to do some more unpacking, but this just became too stressful to be doing at the time, so unfortunately I have a partially messy room and quite a bit of unpacking to get back to.
Oh well – the wonderful feeling of relief that warmed my bones when I saw my aunt and gave her a hug makes up for that one.
And once we hit the road, after the dreadful Manchester four o’clock traffic, our inner teenagers took over and we didn’t stop chattering and catching up until we reached my grans house three and a bit hours later. I hadn’t realised just how much I had missed her.
My gran was so wonderful, as per usual. She has this ‘tradition’, as such, that every time we drive up to visit she buys us our bread and milk and some cereal etc for the next morning so that we at least have some food in the house we are staying in before we get to the shops the next day. It goes along with the whole ‘grannies like to feed’ notion, and I love it, she always sticks a few treats in with it, and all the food stuff she no longer wants. 😂
I have an extremely soft spot for her, she is wonderful beyond compare. I was extremely jealous though, she has EIGHTEEN Christmas cards hung up around her lounge! Eighteen for goodness sake. I counted myself lucky for having received three so far and she has six times as many (also slightly embarrassed that I compete with my gran over Christmas cards). But it’s so lovely to be with her regardless.
We are staying in this wonderful little house, The White House, just off of the high street about five minutes from my grans house. We stay here quite often when we come for a long time because my grans house has enough space for her and her alone. There’s no ways that my uncle, aunt, cousin, other nan, myself and the the dog could fit in there!
The White House is kind of a home away from a home away from a home (I actually have so many different places I call home) and it brings back many a memory! The last time we stayed here was when my mum and dad were visiting. How my little hearts aches when I think that I’m not spending this Christmas with them, but there’s a little more solace knowing we were all here together not so long ago.
Scotland is just so great, there’s something in the air that brings such peace and quiet and I can’t wait to go for a run ad clear my mind of this long year in the Dalbeattie forest just down the road. Really is the break away from life that I’ve been in need of. Even better is that there is no WiFi signal here and barely any network for my 3G, so digital detox, here I come.
AND ITS CHRISTMAS TIME 🎄 my presents are all wrapped and ready to go, and all that’s left is dressing the tree again….
I wish you all such a Merry Christmas. I hope you treasure the day with family and friends and remember it isn’t about the commercialised gifts you give and receive, but about the time spent with loved ones. It’s a time to reminisce and realise just how lucky you are to have what you have and to enjoy each others company.
I’ll catch up with you soon,