I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to let go of the blog. I am in a different place now and I need the space to work through a great many things. I intend to keep the archives up for a time, although I have removed the comment function.
If you have landed here - welcome and feel free to dip in to what was our life - once upon a time...
J xxx

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Another island...

My step-daughter and her family are staying with us just now, so I took the chance to leave things in her capable hands and sneak away for a quick overnight visit to Skye. The ferry leaves early in the morning, so I rose at dawn, which is around 4.30 am just now. 

 As I passed the standing stones, there was another rainbow, which accompanied me all the way down to Harris. A comforting presence, as I left everyone behind.

It is a short ferry journey over to Skye - just time for a hearty Calmac breakfast and a little spot of crochet. Before long I had arrived and was soon speeding down past the Cuillin Ridge, heading to the south of the island.

I was going to visit this couple. My daughter, Kristine, and her husband, Daniel...

... and, of course, this wee girl!

I am so happy that they have moved a wee bit closer to home. It was lovely to visit them in their new home, and to know they are only a short  journey away.

So - there may have been some yarn shopping...

... but most of my time was spent just adoring Breagha. She is almost 14 months old now, and an absolute poppet. It was great to have this time with them.

But all too soon it was time to head back home - back to the ferry and over the sea. Bye bye Breagha - we'll be back soon xx


  1. Hi I'm new to blogging but not new to your blog. I think about you often at this time you are going through and send positive thoughts your way x

  2. What a stunning view to come back to - Lewis is just so beautiful. As is Braeagh!

  3. What stunning images, there is something about Scottish islands that tug at my heart. I had a wonderful fortnight in Orkney ages ago and always planned to explore the rest of the country, maybe next year! Your Granddaughter is gorgeous.
    Love, Shauna.x

  4. Always wanted to visit Skye. I love Scotland so much and normally visit every year but had to sacrifice our trip this year to hit our saving target
    Miss Tulip x
    The Thrifty Magpies Nest

  5. We had the most fantastic holiday in Skye three years ago. I have been longing to go back ever since. Your photos of both island and granddaughter are glorious. And thanks for the link in the sidebar, too ... :)

  6. Its so good for the soul to take a mini break, even if its overnight somewhere. Does one good it does!

  7. A much needed trip for you, time for some healing of yourself and quality mother/daughter/grandaughter {{hugging}}. Your granddaughter has grown so much, I remember you posting when she was newly arrived to the world.
    Have never visited Skye, but remember my ferry trips when I used to visit my late grandfather in Innellan just up the road from Dunoon and we took the ferry from Gourock.
    wishing you peace and love xx

  8. Absolutely stunning scenery. Glad you got away. What a magical place to live. Have read all of the Anne Cleeves, novels,...sigh. Want to be there again.

  9. Lovely photos from a lovely day! A much needed break for you, those grandbaby hugs and kisses are just the best for lifting your spirits!

  10. Recharge with poppet-energy. Just lovely.

  11. so happy for you jacqui, what a wonderful trip to both your babies (my grandbabys are my babies too i believe! love them ALL) so gorgeous all of it. my youngest is planning a move back to our time zone, SO happy. i hope you can visit again soon, babys grow so fast.

  12. I am so pleased that you have had this restoring trip. I love Skye. Love the beautiful photos of family. Hope all are having some of this sunshine we are having in the east. Hugs & prayers for you all, Wendy in Ed x

  13. What a wonderful way to spend the day :)

  14. What a wee cutie! Lovely pics. What a fab tree, was that photo taken in NZ?

  15. I am so happy that you had time with your beautiful family Jacqui. Breagha looks like a wee doll and I know you soaked in all that wonderful grandbaby love.

  16. Spending the day on the Isle of Skye and with that sweet little poppet would be perfect. We visited Scotland last fall and went to Skye. My husband and I both fell in love with your country and decided if we moved from Canada we could both be happy living there. Perhaps it is my Scots roots calling to me (and my husband just wanting to keep me happy) but I felt very much at home there.

    God bless.

  17. So glad you were able to get away for a while....oh, those photos of Skye....It's hard to believe it, but I might be back there in another 3 months.

  18. Oh boy, your photos of Lewis are amazing. We are coming to the island next month with a view to buying a property. CANNOT wait!

    1. That is very exciting Louise - good luck x

  19. I think you just had a restorative getaway and just reading your words I can feel the stress ebb away slightly as you breathe. Family is everything isn't it?

  20. Thanks everyone - it was a good decision. I really appreciate all your messages xxx


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