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Hello.
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

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Visit











We loved having my sister and brother in law with us for a few days. They have been on a trip back to Scotland  from Canada, and I was so pleased that they were able to make it up to the island. 
There aren't too many photos, but there were lots of cups of tea, good food, and chat around the kitchen table - a few trips out, visiting a special place and just generally relaxing in each other's company.  It was just so nice to be with someone who has known me all my life - I needed that... We also made some exciting plans for a holiday in Canada next year. I think James is ready to go right now!

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  1. How exciting, something to look forward to and plan together. Sounds like you had a great time catching up with each other.

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  2. I look forward to your blog-Glad you had a wonderful time

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    1. Thank you :) yes it was so good to see them xx

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  3. i can't even tell you what an odd surprise it was to see your James bedecked in a Jays uniform! it was one of those out-of-context moments where i had to try and remember whose IG photos i was looking at!! that said, he looks fabulous! and right when they're in first place and everything....;)

    glad you had a wonderful visit -- and how very exciting to think you'll be across to this side of the world next year!!!

    xo

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    1. Haha - that must have been funny. He's so thrilled with the shirt. Don't think we will be too far from you...
      Xx

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  4. That is so nice. I'm really glad you were able to spend time together. Your brother-in-law looks like he could be the twin of a guy I knew in school, it's uncanny. I know my friend is an only child, but still...wow.

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    1. How interesting, Jennifer. It's weird when that happens- you just can't convince yourself that it's not the person. xx

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  5. Glad you had a lovely time and guess what me and my girls are off to Canada next summer too, to Ontario to stay with relatives, First flight for the girls and first for me in 17 years. Looking forward to the trip but not the flight!

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    1. That's amazing, Ali. We might be in the same place at the same time! xx

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    2. ....depending on when the Scottish school holidays are compared to Wales! I have had a peaty week for a different reason. I am an Ecologist and am particularly involved with woodland creation. Any peat more than 50 cm deep can't be planted and so I have been sticking an auger into some local peat to check depths. I love peat and peat land plants and those lovely wigwams of hand dug pests drying out on the moors.

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  6. Guests who bring maple syrup are the best guests.

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    1. Indeed they are - I will need to leave lots of room in my suitcase to bring plenty home xx

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  7. Hi Jacqui....I'm just trying to catch up with several of your last posts...sorry I have been absent....this last house move has taken "the wind out of my sails". I'm still surrounded with moving containers. Your posts are very important to me. One day, I hope to see your beautiful Isle of Lewis...

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    1. Hi Meggie- take it easy - that's been a lot of work for you. Thanks for taking the time to drop by xxx

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  8. How lovely to find something by accident that I'm immediately drawn into, for it's the Place of my Heart that I've visited but once (taking off my shoes as I stepped down from the tour bus), and that I've loved and longed for all my life.

    Your writing and photos tell such a compelling story, and for you to be able to visit such a beautiful last harbour of your own Heart's Love---that's a blessing and a boon. Not even in the quietest green solitude of graceful stones, have I ever seen such a sacredly serene resting place.

    I've joined your group, and will be back often to delve into your wonderful archives. I was suddenly left with three children, all under nine, when I was not-yet-thirty, and every step of your journey is familiar and remembered, yea these many decades later.

    I hope you wonderful healing, gentle rest and sweet sleep, and a world of glorious memories.

    rachel

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    1. Hello Rachel. Thank you for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment. It is indeed a special place. xx

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  9. I am so pleased that you and James have an adventure to plan and look forward to. Yes it must be so comforting to have your sister visit, when someone knows you through and through that is precious xx

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    1. Hi San - I was surprised at how much it meant to me - very precious xx

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  10. A {hug} from a familiar family member can do such wonders for the soul, I hope the love and feeling that brought to you can live on for the months to come till your adventure.
    xxx

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    1. Yes I hope so, Julie. I feel better for it xxx

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  11. I am so very happy that your family visited you!! They all look lovely and I'm sure you'll miss them until you see them again.

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  12. From Margie in Toronto - just catching up also - so glad that you had a wonderful visit with your family - I had to smile at James in his Blue Jays shirt as I'm sitting here watching the ballgame at the moment - it's tied 3 to 3. I hope that you will at least be close to Toronto so that he can perhaps go to a Jays game and visit the dome - I think he will be impressed.

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