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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Back from a big trip

Bill and I pulled onto the drive at 4.30pm yesterday, exactly nine hours after leaving the Highlands. Tired. Actually, far more tired than I expected. It has been a Big Trip, my longest to date - ten days and nine nights and to be honest it was too much.

I think my 'sweet spot' might be five or six nights . . .

I've come back to many loads of laundry, much cleaning up, the need for a massive trip to the supermarket and a huge recognitition of how fortunate I am to have those as my current biggest problems. Err, umm, if you don't include the couple of small things which went wrong on Bill and had me laying on my back under the van in a couple of dirty places effecting on-the-road fixes which (pats self on back!) held up perfectly and safely. Or you don't include the leaking window in my sewing room which we can no longer ignore and I am dreading Thursday's visit from the builder and all the subsequent upheaval that we are going to have to go through, or the perfect storm of gas prices, HGV driver shortages, food security and going into winter with Covid cases on the rise . . .

But until I have straightened up a few things and have time to relax at the computer, a couple of pretties from the last few days:














The pictures are from: Cullen, Portsoy, Pennan, Balnauran of Clava


22 comments:

  1. Daily doom and gloom has turned into hourly doom and gloom, the sky is falling in.

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    1. I'm sorry you are feeling so worried about everything at present Marlene. I understand, but know that if I take on too much of what is happening then I can become paralysed by fear of it all - so I don't! Much easier said than done, I know, but focussing only on what I can control is what works for me.

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  2. And I’m leaving my winter tropical paradise on Saturday to return to coo/cold Melbourne which is still in lockdown….no sign of relief until %vaccinated which could be who knows when.
    Lovely photos of your little trip away - look up the steps and down the cliffs to wonder what life is like at the end. Might be a leaky window or two there:)

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    1. Hi Cathy, it seems crazy that our government insists on over 50's having a booster vaccination when so much of the world (I'm thinking African countries) have not even had one dose. THAT is where variants are going to emerge which will travel, might be resistant to current vaccines and affect us all.

      I will do more posts about some of the places I visited - those steps were lovely and by accident I found myself coming down them later!

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  3. Hi Jayne - Glad to see you back and with photos of your travels - such a wonderful part of the world. I am writing this from down on the Mull as we are at the cottage for a few weeks rest and recovery though little chance of that with the garden intent on still growing at a rate of notts.
    Presently I am reading a book about one of the diarists during the 2nd world war situated in Dewsbury. She helped in a corner shop so was very much a part of the rationing ordeal and it was an ordeal for the shop keepers and highlights that during this period the government did not know what they were doing and it was all a complete shambles with shop keepers and customers having no idea what was going on. Sound familiar with the Covid and Brexit fiasco!!
    PS I owe you an email...apologies...will get to it soon. Good luck with the builders.

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    1. Thanks Viv - I seem to be leaving the Mull as you arrive this year . . .

      Hope things continue to go well with the garden reclaim 🥰

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  4. The first photo is definitely a 'wow' for me, that's just my kind of beach. I love the look of the little village at the bottom of the cliff, it reminds me of Porth Dinllaen in North Wales. I'm looking forward to more stories and photos of your time away :)

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    1. Cheers Eunice, I think you would like the whole town and enjoy poking around into its history.

      Cullen is an interesting place and seems to enjoy being the home of "Cullen Sink" whilst glossing over the fact that the dish was one of desperation during winters when the weather was too bad to send out fishing boats and the choice was eat fish preserved by smoking, plus potatoes which grow so well in that part of the world, or starve . .

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  5. Well done on that marathon drive back home - get yourself recovered and rested (and that washing sorted!) and welcome back :) looking forward to seeing your lovely photos xx

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    1. Thanks Kate, the drive home was the easy bit, catching up is taking a tad longer 😀

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  6. The sight of all that blue sky makes everything feel just a little better. I can't wait to read about your adventures. Once you are well rested, of course. X

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    1. Hi Jules, I had a quick scan through my photos earlier today and what was particularly noticeable was how many days I had fabulous weather.

      It only rained once, and that was overnight - of course it was the night that there was a massive display of Aurora Borealis and I was under 150% cloud cover. Gnashing of teeth!! Photos taken that night, half an hour up the road, were stunning. 😭😭😭😭

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  7. It looks beautiful and I look forward to reading more about your big adventure when you're rested.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, although I sleep fairly well in the van it is not the same as being at home and I recognise I am thoroughly tired, so for once I am trying to take the time to rest up and recover.

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  8. I'm glad you had a good trip. Sometimes longer trips are needed simply because of the distances you need to travel.

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    1. Absolutely right m'dear, and the destination for this trip was exactly why it turned into a long haul. I am going to have to reassess that for the future.

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  9. Stunning phtos and well done on sorting Bill's problems out like a pro!
    I'm so glad to be escaping the doom and gloom on the news. xxx

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    1. Hi Vix, by now you are probably about 20 degrees warmer than me! Have a wonderful, wonderful time. When you return your photos will be far more brilliantly coloured than mine 😍

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  10. Brilliant photos, glad you had a good time.
    My present thing is not watching the news. I know its a bit head in the sand, but there is nothing I can do to change things for the better. Beverley x

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    1. Thanks Beverley. I don't think you are being 'head in the sand' - you are doing what is right for you and that's all any of us can aim for.

      I survive by reading news that is not just Sky or the BBC (who generally seem to toe the government line). There's a huge amount of good journalism out there if you look for it, and I don't mean of the rabid, anti-vax, anti-establisment kind, but well-researched, balanced reporting.

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    2. Jayne, what do you recommend news wise for me to read please? x

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    3. Oh yikes, that is a hard one, there's not one simple source which is my go to. However, you might start by looking at https://www.politico.eu/ Top right is a link for "Editions" and I look at EU, UK and USA.

      You could then subscribe to the their "London Playbook" which is a daily briefing email with their own reporting but full of links to other news organisations. I also use a VPN to access a couple of North American news sites which normally restrict access to their own shores. Sounds like a lot but I do not read everything, everyday, just enough to give me a more rounded insight.

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