Mind the gap…..

Tonight I watched ‘Mind over marathon’, about 10 people who have mental health issues preparing to run the London Marathon. 

I found it heart warming, emotional, inspiring as it shows how we can overcome things in life by feeling worthy, loved and how important it is to talk about these issues.


Struggle and stress are a part of life, for some more than others. Listening to William talk about the shock of the loss of his mother, still, nearly 20 years on, was truly touching. Rich, poor, old or young mental illness doesn’t discriminate.

The value of speaking to a family member, friend, professional, whoever it is, is irrelevant-it’s the talking that’s important. Listening too, if someone talks to you. 


I have struggled on a few occasions with feelings of despair, lack of self worth and it is easy to spiral downwards. Most recently I realised that I was on that path again and with fantastic support from my doctor, family and friends I am climbing up the ladder rather than slithering down the snake. No doubt a throw of the dice can curtail that climb, but I know what to look out for, and perhaps I should take a leaf out of my Grandma’s book and just throw the board in the air and start again!


7 out if the 10 completed the marathon, their utter fatigue and joy tangible in equal measure: all felt they could take something to build on, and will be friends for life.


Truly remarkable people, I was momentarily tempted to run next year, but only fleetingly!


Cheers and well done! 

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A surprise flying visit

After a disastrous mothers’ day flower fiasco, I decided on a brief trip to see my parents and also be with my mum on her birthday, so flights, buses and trains were duly booked. 


I left a gloriously warm and sunny England for a less warm Scotland, with a delayed flight all part of the experience. 

The surprise duly delivered, there was a quick run through the Monday’s many culinary treats. First off was lunch with a couple of relatives and very pleasant it was too, although a glimpse of life as an octegenarian was disturbing! Bins: the variety of them and the £25 fee-first world problems! And it didn’t stop there with politics next, so I steered conversation to holidays and more fun topics


Lunch was followed by tea, coffee and large cream scones- why? Because they were free? 😲

Back home for a titivate then on to dinner at a favourite tapas restaurant in Broughty Ferry.

Scrumptious and plentiful where more cud chewing ensued, with the usual deprecation and laughter.😂😂🤗

A drive home, comfortably satiated and suitably hydrated after an early celebration for mum’s birthday, we settled down to watch the penultimate broadchurch episode. 

Birthday girl was up, cards opened and a lovely breakfast was consumed. Plan for the day was a bijou shopping trip to finishing touches( a girl can never have too many bags, scarves or assorted trinkets for body or home!) then lunch at the townhouse. 


Home and an impromptu visit from Mabel, more laughter then it was time for the station and begin the trip home. 

Hugs, kisses, expressions of thanks and the warm feeling of a memory made and knowledge that we will be together in 8 weeks.

Train to haymarket, then airlink bus to airport, effortlessly simple. Time to browse in duty free ( sorry kevin! ) then good flight arriving early and great to be back, with Kevin’s cheery smile to greet me. Cuddles from Nina and a catch up from the last couple of days. 


Short trip but sweet, I admit to being exhausted, but I am very fortunate to still have both my parents to share time with, however short it may be. Although with all we ate, it felt more like a week! 

Spring and all it’s beauty 

Spring has definitely sprung, and our garden is beginning to bloom. I love this time of year and the last few days have been unseasonably warm.

School broke up last week for the Easter break, but a few of us were back on Monday, me for the year end closure.

It has been frustrating and after 3 days of anomalies, network issues and mild panic, the button has been pressed and the new financial year begins!

Yesterday and today has brought deliveries of plants, much to Kevin’s chagrin, and they have been duly placed in their new home. 

Do you see the Aussie bird?

I can’t wait to watch them grow and provide texture, movement and aromas, a bit like children really 😉😊

I have a few visits over the coming week and I’m looking forward to some time at home too to recharge my batteries for the summer term and beyond.


But sometimes wouldn’t it be great to be a cat, be fed, watered and spend your days basking in the sun 😘😘