365 days

The last year has in some ways been a challenge for me both physically and mentally. It’s been a year in which I have realised that I have a wonderful husband, children, family and friends. Those are more precious to me than money, possessions or status. I have made a conscious effort to have at least one thing a month to look forward to, from travel to visiting friends or family, or having them visit me. 

 
It started last November in earnest with  our second trip to Australia. We visited friends in Perth, Andrew and lis in Melbourne and lis’s amazing parents in Tassie. We even had a cheeky few days in Singapore. 

Christmas was a very small affair, but no less enjoyable because of it! 

 
2015 arrived and we had a rare old time at the Burn’s supper at school! February saw a trip to Paris for Scotland v France. A wonderful fun filled weekend with my friend Debbie. March saw us wave off Nina and Jay to Australia a mixture of joy, envy and sadness felt 

   
Luckily i had another six nations match in Edinburgh, with also a chance to meet up with my parents. Highlight of the weekend though was meeting Gavin Hastings! 

April was brilliant as we celebrated my mum’s 80th, my mother in law’s 75th and nina’s 21st  all in the space of 12 days. Jay took Nina away to Barcelona. And she was thoroughly spoiled!

Phew – May, and Elaine and Jane got married. Just a few people to see the legal deed done, followed by a fantastic meal and to see Romeo and Juliet at BOAT; very British in the pouring rain.

  
We surprised mum and dad when we turned up in Majorca in June. A real tonic staying in a lovely hotel on the pine Walk. Will definitely go back.

  

My birthday in July was fantastic with mum and dad and Joe visiting. We dined at Mason’s where we were treated like royalty, great food, lots of laughter and the usual Micky taking! 

 
August provided the opportunity to catch up with friends, this involved a few cheeky afternoon teas, cocktails and food. Again with the usual banter lots of laughter and I enjoyed the break from work. We had a visit to the sky gardens, followed by a meal at Madison near St. Paul’s.

  
I’ve already written about the wedding in September – always joyous occasions full of love, hope and promise. As Kevin and I celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary next week, that pretty much is the twelve months and I have done what I set out to do. I still struggle with a few demons, but these moments, memories sustain me.

  
Already got trips, visits etc planned up to March, no September, next year……..

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5 years today…..

I just can’t believe that 5 years have passed since we waved off Andrew and Lis to their life in Australia. In many ways it doesn’t seem that long, in others it seems longer! 

  
I remember being picked up from school and we drove to Heathrow where we had a drink and then had to face the goodbye scenario – I’ll never get used to that.

I remember Andrew going through security saluting  just as he passed out of sight. 

Georgina and I were in the car driving home together with tears flowing. We put the radio on and the song playing  was ‘Airplanes’ by BOB ft Hayley Williams – even more tears!

In the last five years we have visited twice, and only visited a small part of Australia, but also taken the opportunity to go to Tasmania and Singapore. I’m not sure we would have done that if they weren’t there. I plan for us to go onto NZ at some stage and there is Bali, Fiji, Vietman,Thailand, and Dubai to fit in.

   
 
Georgina has visited in 2013,14 and 15! So well versed in Aussie slang by now. 

  
We are lucky that there is Skype and FaceTime and we use both regularly, possibly talking more frequently than if they lived nearby. It doesn’t replace a hug, a smell, a family gathering but until we are all together again we make the most of it. As usual there is plenty of self deprecating humour, laughter and the occasional tear, but hopefully we will be together soon!

Settling in Melbourne, they have a home, Andrew has a burgeoning career, and Lis is in her final year of her Masters. Next year will see a whole spectrum of opportunities and change open up for them, which no doubt they will grasp and begin making their dreams into reality.

Wedding,Wedding where is this heading?

On Friday we went to our nephew’s wedding and it was a wonderful day, full of love and laughter. Great to get together with extended family and be a part of a life enhancing event. 

   

  
The bride, Lizzie, was stunning and the groom, Daniel very handsome. All family and friends were suited and booted and following a short ceremony, the celebrations began. The meal was delicious, especially the dessert!

   
 
After the speeches there was the first dance- Al Green’s let’s stay together.The band then played tunes requested in advance from the guests, a lovely touch. 

I love these occasions as there is always so much joy, with hopes and dreams as the couple’s new married life begins. 

And so on our long drive home it brought back memories of when Andrew and Lis married on 10/11/12. 

  

The day goes by in a blur and everyone is caught up in the moment. But every now and then there is a song, a scent that triggers the memories. Tears are never far away – and I am immensely proud of what Andrew and Lis have done since that day, a true embodiment of what marriage is about, love, support, tears of both sadness but also great joy and laughter! 
Every time I hear David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ I remember how amazed I was to see Andrew dance, and be in time! I still remember Tony’s speech with trips down memory lane and hysterical photoshopped images! 

Hopefully it may not be too much longer that we have another family celebration and I wish the new Mr and Mrs McIntosh all they wish for together. X👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻