Day 100 of COVID-19 lockdown… what have we learned so far? 🌍❤️🌈

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💯days eh?! Which means I have written a blog every day for 92 days as I only started on what we recorded as our day 8. I see others saying we’re already up to 103/104 etc but this is when we calculated it at the time and rather than stress that my whole blog is worthless and rubbish the new me is choosing to keep going as is. It’s our day 100. Mine and Craigie’s and Calaidh’s and Bhruic’s and Freya’s….. forgive the poor English 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😬 but you know what I mean.

If anyone had told you, 100 days ago, that our lives were going to change in a way we could never begin to imagine, we just wouldn’t have believed it. A world where we could stand right next to anyone and touch anyone (with reason obvs!) and we literally hugged people we didn’t even know. We didn’t have a care in the world when it came to that kind of stuff. Yeah we turned out noses up at folk not washing their hands after going to the loo etc but we screwed up our face and moved on. We survived.

Now we have an unseen killer. A virus that can spread among us through touch, can survive on surfaces and pass to others and we can’t see it. We have no idea where it’s lurking and worst of all, people can have it and not even know they are infected. It’s the stuff of horror movies!!

We watched every virus movie while we’ve been stuck home and the truth is actually terrifying. We watched these in the past thinking they were just that… far fetched thrillers. We had no idea.

So 100 days ago, we finally realised how serious this was and Craig stopped work and we stayed home to save lives, to help stop the transmission of COVID-19. We “sheltered in place” as they said in America. We only left the house for dog walks and food shopping for months.

It feels like a time for reflection…. what have we learned in this 100 days? Apart from the fact that the rainbow is a sign of hope 🌈❤️

We’ve learned that family and being together is everything. We’ve been given a special gift to spend time with each other but we’ve also been told that we can’t see other family members or friends that have been a part of our daily lives. We’ve seen a community spirit that was always there in Gateside but growing in a way we would never have imagined. That old war time share and share alike. I’ve bartered with rice and milk and sugar… there’s been a lot of sugar passing over fences. We’ve made the best of the lockdown life we’ve been given. Generations ago our grandparents etc were sent to war, we were told to stay home and watch tv, I mean how lucky are we?

The material things in life have become irrelevant. Even with all the money and possessions in the world you still had to stay home. Businesses are realising people can work from home without the world ending and it will reduce their overheads and the carbon footprint of their staff.

We have learned to appreciate the present. To live in the moment as everything else is too uncertain. Everyone is living on the same terms. 🌍

Personally we’ve learned to appreciate each other again and communicate clearly as we have had time to spend together. We can see what makes the other tick, what triggers and argument and we can stop it in its tracks with a laugh or a shrug of the shoulders saying here we go again. Through writing this I have expressed my daily feelings in a way that shows how erratic they are, how quick they are to flare up to anxious, fever pitch but most importantly how virtually none of it is Craig’s fault. He doesn’t have to second guess everything. He can just read it if he didn’t already know it. 🤣🤣🤣

I have learned to slow down, to watch the world move on through different eyes. To watch my handsome husband and smile realising he’s mine, to walk 3 Border Collies without them pulling on the lead, to value the endless movie nights, the takeaways and the connections with others. I hope that the world will be a better place as a result.

However, we have to remember that we have been untouched by this deadly virus. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We are very lucky.

Worldwide stats

The UK have lost 44,131 souls to COVID-19 officially but there is evidence that the number of excess deaths for this year far exceeds that. Scotland stands at 2,488 people so far.

England is seeing a surge in new cases, particularly in London where the R rate is creeping above 1. For everyone one person infected at least one other person catches it. There seemed no doubt this would be the case as the amount of protests and large gatherings threw people together at a time when we were still meant to be 2m apart. It’s easy for me to sit here smugly and be happy that our lockdown isn’t as loose as England’s, that our government is being more strict.

Localised restrictions in Dumfries and Galloway now too
I’ve read today that Boris has urged people not to think of Saturday as Super Saturday as we need to still be careful and make sure that we protect each other by not spreading the virus. Yet apparently pubs can open at 6am….. several chains are planning to open just after this. Maybe it just because I don’t drink anymore that this seems so crazy to me?!?

I am nervous of normal returning as I had stepped back from normal for a good year or so. This is my new normal and I love it!!

I did not love the weather today!! It has stoated down all day… absolutely soaked on the dog walk again.
This is where the dogs usually play and Craig day over the other side of the burn. Bhru stuck her tongue in it to take a drink but didn’t go any closer.
Same at this but! It’s like they are on a life raft together 🤣
Phone got soaked every time I took a pic!
Drookit pup #1 wouldn’t stop playing with the stick long enough! Check the coos behind her under that tree… miserable!
Drookit pup #2
Drookit pup #3 always happy regardless of the weather… 😬😆
Bhru’s telling Calaidh Reek St is flooded
Did manage to see some beauty in the dreich day!
Thistles in the rain

It’s all about how you look at it… I was walking along thinking this is miserable, cold and wet, must be crazy being out in this when I saw a neighbour in Reek Street and he said “good weather for ducks!” 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆 that really made me smile as I’ve not heard that in years!! Splashed through all the puddles in my wellies from then on! 😆

And I wonder why my house isn’t a palace?!? Check these 3…. how many sopping wet dogs can you fit on a couch?! Least I put their dog robes on!! Unlike some people 😬🤣

Came home from dog walk and did a poop scoop as I was soaked anyway…. thought it would be a good idea to do it before the bins go out. Got the grey bin ready and took it round the front…. it’s Friday…. grey bin doesn’t go out until Tuesday……. wtf 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤣🤣 my brain is frazzled today as it’s been such a busy week. Not busy in the sense of how busy I used to be… but very busy for me. I did another 2 Pawsitive Solution calls today… the first was dreadful… it was like putting the wheelie bin out 4 days early! Nothing flowed…. but the second was great.

This is what I have to put up with…. 🥰😆🎾🐶

So now I am wrapped in my crocheted blanket with my feet up in front of the fire. I plan not to move until bedtime!

Thanks again to everyone for sticking with this everyday. It means a lot!

Stay safe everyone ❤️💜❤️ here’s to the next 100 days and who knows what they might bring?!? X

Day 489 fighting with my thoughts in the morning and time with good friends the rest of the day!

You so know that I’m overthinking everything today.

Yes I am human. Yes everyone makes mistakes.

But I felt ditsy yesterday. A bit on edge. A bit anxious maybe. And then I reversed into a car without a second glance. Well without a fist glance if I’m honest.

What caused it? Why did I feel like that? Did I drink too much coffee? Did I eat too much sugar? Was I anxious about being away with the dogs? I put out a really positive blog about moving on… is this the universe’s way of saying “don’t get too cocky…” or “ok you’ve dealt with one thing so we can give you another the minute you’re over it”…. What if this is the new me now I’m coming off the meds? Whoa….. there it is.

Whenever something feels off I attribute it to the last few years.

I have a little paddywack in my head as I want to be positive all the time.

I need to learn to embrace it all.

I couldn’t sleep so sat outside and played with the dogs for a bit.

Love that Calaidh has a rose petal stuck in the side of her mouth for most of this!

Freya just runs around like a maddie while they play catch.

Claire messaged at 8.30am and said she was awake if I fancied a dog walk so we took them out.

My favourite gate with the sun shining through the leaves
What a lovely summery morning

We then cleaned the house like maddies as we have friends coming to stay tonight.

So this happened…. It took Craig about 10 minutes to fill.

And Bhruic 20 seconds to destroy……

I’m gonna get this….
Uh oh…..
Acht I’ll just keep going…
This way…. She emptied it!
What now?!? Freya has a wee drink….

So I should mention the big thing down the back of the garden!! and it’s not Craig…. But Craigs new tent.

He got it second hand from eBay but it was an amazing bargain and he got it all for half price versus new.

We put it up last night
Someone’s happy…
This is the main tent
This is the canopy with sides attached
This is the tag along tent

It all zips in together so you can have as much or as little if it as you would like. We’ll probably only use the main tent and maybe the sides.

So decisions to be made. I might sell my awning and we can use this with the van. Not sure yet.

We have Warren and Doug coming this afternoon and we’re going for lunch in the pub next door!

The boys in the garden!
Waffles for dessert

Great chat out in the sun for lunch and it’s 7pm and we’re still here….I may never be able to move again as I’ve eaten far too much!

Booked the Fit Body Farm for the morning so will leave the guys sleeping. I had to book otherwise I would never go.

Back to it tomorrow.

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 488 part 2 – trip to the beach and reversing Abbie into another car…. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Will make this brief considering I put out war and peace earlier in day 488….

It’s cloudy and windy but still a warmth in the air.

The colours are stunning 🤩
The CalMac Arran to Brodick ferry
Ready!
Go!!!

Sat here and had coffee and cake…. Hard life. The house is a riot and badly needs cleaning but it can wait until tomorrow.

I had a lovely day. Then Craig phoned to say he’s brought food in… I jumped in Abbie, switched on, shoved in reverse and noticed there was a light on the dash…. A door was open. I carried on talking, trying to sea which door it might be…. Still reversing… someone shouted stop…. BANG!

The whole car park… every picnic table and bench turned to look at me. Everyone was staring. I was so shaken. I just wasn’t concentrating in the slightest. The guy who shouted stop was rubbing the front of the car saying it’s fine and no one would ever notice. I shakily wrote a note with my name and number, wasn’t gonna be that person.

Abbie now has a cracked rear bumper. That’s a new rear bumper as it was cracked when I got it. 2nd rear bumper coming up…. If I can’t just repair it.

Thankfully no one was hurt. It could have been a dog or even a child and I was oblivious to the reverse. Terrifying.

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️ I should take my own advice!

Day 488 my social media feed has been encouraging me to reflect and move on ♥️

As I settle into my new career I’ve been reflecting a lot on the old one. I know I need to let it go. To move on and heal from everything I need to think it through and realise what I learned from it and let it go. Social media has been full of things to really make me think.

My spirit was well and truly broken.

Now I’m not naive enough to think that one narcissist changed everything…..

I am the worst kind of person to respond to narcissism. I am a people pleaser…. I make it my life’s work to make everyone else happy round about be….. at all costs. I overcompensate for everything. I become teachers pet to said narcissists and a huge cost to my own peace. I second guess everything and start to live my life by what they would do rather than what I think is right. Huge conflict when the team you manage then has the ability to face the narcissism head on. And question it. And tie me up in knots 🪢 🪢🪢🪢🪢🪢🪢

Wow I love that emoji. 🪢 is how my body felt all the time. My mind 🪢 my emotions 🪢 my self worth 🪢🚽🧻🚾 (is it any wonder why my body and mind didn’t allow me to fall pregnant….. there were so many knots 🪢 in there, there wasn’t space for anything else. How heartbreaking is that to have to write. That actually brought tears to my eyes.)

That’s just the whole point. My voice didn’t matter. I had no self worth in the whole situation. I did not matter.

Knowing what I know now…. How bad is that?!? People used to tell me to leave. I couldn’t leave. I needed that job, I needed that status, I needed that salary.

I am living proof that I didn’t need any of it.

I’m gonna stop and say that again. Living proof that I didn’t need any of it. Wow.

My life is a gazillion times better than it was. life has a way of working out and despite how broken I was…. I always knew that I would be ok. I knew that life would work out doe the best.

Those very dark, suicidal moments were just times of extreme despair, almost like extreme panic attacks where I felt like I couldn’t be a burden to anyone else. When I say panic attack it wasn’t manic like you might think, it was sad, calm and resigned. My amazing support network would be better off without me. They must be as sick of listening to me as I was of saying it all. I was a burden to them all.

Those were the times I thought that I couldn’t live without the job, salary and status. But I have and I did.

Not gonna lie…. I didn’t take the first step, I was definitely pushed but that is something I have learned to be very grateful for. A good boot up the backside to move on and stop wallowing in what was.

I may have said this before but Craig remembers me saying that I always wanted to work for Tartan Campers. They were based in Beith when I first became aware of them). I knew my skills were transferable… it was just words… I never pursued it.

Fast forward a whole lot of years and ta-dah! I am so grateful for my new job. Love working the longer hours as to be fair it is still only a 4 day week. Love the work, life, gym balance. I feel more in control now than I have in ages. It really is time to let it go.

In the words of Idina Menzel who wrote the song from Disney’s Frozen… 🧊 👸🏻

I sent this to Craig this morning as I want us to look back on life and realise we lived it the way we chose to live it and not think “if only we had”…..

So yeah…. This needed saying again. I’m not promising that I truly let it all go as it is my story but I need to realise that narcissism has no place in my life and never allow that to knock me down again.

I am valued. I matter. From here on… onwards and upwards.

Earliest blog out ever (9.36am) off to enjoy my day taking Bhru and Freya to the beach as Calaidh still can’t walk that far. May post some pics in Day 488 part 2 later.

Thanks for following my ramblings. It means so much to me.

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 487 a working day off but a day off nonetheless!

This made me laugh out loud!!!

Do you ever have those days when you are off work but you have so much to do you feel like you are working?!

Today was one of those days but it’s all good.

I woke up at 5am for the gym and talked myself into going for a good half hour then fell back to sleep. I know that I’d feel better for it instead of this lethargic overtired way.

Got up at 8 and took Abbie the campervan back to her 2nd home… Burnside Motorsport…. She needs a seatbelt replacing… thanks to Calaidh for having a good chew of the passenger side overnight in Glencoe… aircon regassing as it just doesn’t work AND, if that’s not enough…. a service!

I joked with the guy when I left that he should feel the need to remove the turbo this time as it’s all good….. think the turbo has been removed the last two or three times for various jobs and it’s hugely labour intensive…. Leave it in there this time!! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😆😘

So since I’ve been home I’ve worked on the Gateside Memorial Hall accounts. Balanced them, made payments and generally ticked that box.

Made a few Tartan Camper calls that I forgot yesterday and started to tidy the spare room. Since I’m not using that as an office every day it’s become a camping equipment dumping ground and we have 2 of our Overland Bound friends staying overnight on Sunday. All the bedding’s in the wash for a freshen up. Why did I not do that on the days I was hunting for things to wash?!?

It’s 13.45 already and I still haven’t walked the dogs.

Poor Calaidh pupper has a sore leg… Craig told me it was the white one as I am not good with my right and left. I think this pic says… it’s sore mumma…
Muddy track today!
Lots of thistle! And a 🐝
Spot the puppers 🐶🐶
Different types of thistle
Ever get the feeling you are being watched?!? 👀👀👀👀👀
So many cows in this field!!
The farm near us has a lovely wee urn of flowers that I’ve not noticed before
Some very dead thistles (why is there no thistle emoji?!?)
Lovely hanging baskets
A sea of giant daisies!
Dark clouds threatening rain the whole way

I don’t plan on doing much else today. I think feet up with my book sounds like a plan. The house still needs fitting but I will sneak up on that in the morning before I have time to think about it.

I still need to getting Abz back from the garage so might plan a wee trip somewhere tomorrow.

Hope you all have some lovely plans this weekend but also take time out for you. Do something that you really want to do… for yourself.

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 485 & 486 first day back in jeans 👖 and first day of rain ☔️ for weeks and more importantly first day in a dress 👗 at a wedding for years!!! 👰🏻‍♀️🤵🏻💍

It’s actually raining for the first time in weeks or even over a month. The grass here is very yellow as it’s bone dry… that’s unheard of for Scotland!

So finally the weather has broken. Sadly just in time for my first wedding since long before the pandemic. I must say you wouldn’t want to have your wedding in the intense heat we had last week but as a bride I would have been pretty upset when I saw the forecast.

That said it’s been dry most of the day and the temperature is still pretty high.

I didn’t go to the Fit Body Farm this morning as I had to bring my overnight stuff and my wedding gear with me to work. My multitasking let me down yesterday 😆

I’ve had the loveliest drive down and am staying in the Walled Garden just outside Crosshill. It’s a stunning site behind a giant wall…. Obviously…. And there is not a sound here. It’s adults only…. I always think that sounds dodgy but it just means there are no kids. So far there’s not even a dog barking just total and utter silence!

Here I am, not exactly flat but as good as it’s going to get!

So I’ve never stayed anywhere by myself… completely on my own. I feel very content, calm and peaceful but also a wee bit like a sore thumb!!! I imagine people look at me and feel sorry for me and assume I must be lonely.

Reception
The toilet block…. I mean… come on… how cute?!?
The stained glass windows from inside the toilets

This is the quaintest place. We will be back sometime soon. While I would like to sit and chill I have to try and remember how the hell to put makeup on. The little makeup I have left is probably off by now and I haven’t really worn much for nearly 3 years!!! I could end up looking like a circus clown 🤡 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😆

It’s 6pm and I’ve had my shower. I have marks on my legs from where my jeans, socks and Converse boots have been… AND…. There is no hairdryer so I’m sitting with my back to the sun letting it dry naturally. This’ll be interesting. The old me would never have entertained getting ready for a wedding in a campervan… the new me is giggling as it will be what it is. I am willing my hair to dry!

So yeah did I mention it had been raining?!? No sign of it now. It’s scorching hot again!

The view behind me!

I’m being picked up at 7.30pm ish…. And I don’t think there is enough signal to load the blog!

The Walled Garden
Here’s hoping the handbrake is on….
Wee touches like this make a campsite 🏕

Wait till you see the wooden card that the guys made for the happy couple!

How cool is that?!?! Two bits of board joined by a hinge!

So there was no signal at the wedding venue either so the blog won’t upload tonight but what a beautiful place Dalduff Farm is. I have a serious lack of photos but there are a few. Congratulations to the happy couple and so lovely to see people being able to enjoy themselves.

It’s a lovely old barn
Now this is not the best photo

We started off inside but there were no seats so moved out to a lovely courtyard area with a big picnic bench. Sat there for the first few hours. Drank Peroni Libre 0% as it was the only alcohol free option. Got the other drivers onto it too!

The girls!

Not gonna lie, for Mrs Hermit Features there were a whole lot of people there, it was loud, it was noisy but I actually really enjoyed it. It was lovely to spend time with the guys and gals from work too.

The drive back to the camp site was interesting…. Boss man got us lost (just saying…) and we drove through some really dark, wee narrow single track roads in the middle of the countryside, woods and forest…. All I could think was they were dropping me off on my own in the middle of nowhere to stay by myself in the dark…… 😳😬😱

The reality was… we finally found the campsite…. It was well lit… I ran to the van and they watched until I was in and it shut the door and didn’t leave till the morning!

Now of course there’s a story here too…. I decided to sleep up in the pop top for the first time. It’s now about 11.30pm and I’m trying to make the bed and get in it all above my head… it didn’t feel right at all.

Up in pop top selfie 🤳

I tried to read my book…. Nope…. Tried to sleep…. Nope… finally gave in and back “downstairs” to set the other bed up and sleep there. I’m not sure I had the best sleep to be fair.

Then it’s 6.30…… and it’s raining!!

When you are as considerate as I am with other people… it is very difficult to leave a campsite without making a noise! Everything seemed so loud!!! I toyed with the idea of rolling off the pitch without starting the engine. So handbrake off and rolled back down off the chocks, technically up the hill. Not far enough off them so I could remove them from under the wheels… obviously. So I had to start the engine. Into reverse, off the chocks… stalled it. Very obviously stalled it. Jumped out and picked up the chocks. Handbrake off out of gear and rolled out through the gate like a silent thing! Is lovely to say no one would ever know I’d been there but oh they knew!

Not sure why that bothers me so much but it’s 7am and most folk are on holiday on a campsite and don’t need me waking them up. 😆

So I got to work bang on 8 and it’s been the busiest of days. I’m not sure that I will be able to speak to anyone for the rest of the weekend. I’m peopled out. I need silence… and a good book. And some sleep. And I have the whole weekend to do it.

Bliss.

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 484 the day that ran away with itself!!

Just popping on quickly to say hi…. I don’t know where this day has gone, just been so busy but all good here.

Work all day then home to let the dogs out and they greeted me at the door in their little goonies.

My lovely neighbour Holly and her kids walked the dogs today and I think they’d either been playing in a burn or white the hose as they were wet but all cosied up.

So cute to come home to this but no know what they’ve been up to! They are truly knackered now though….. not a peep out of any of them!!

I had to rush back out to Kinesiology tonight and we worked on issues with my hormones. A very rare occurrence but I was fully balanced before we started. I mean come on….. check me. That never happens!!! Must be something to this working, gym and cold water stuff…

We worked on some conflict within myself. I am working hard on not thinking badly of others and seeing everything from others perspectives and I would say 75-80% of the time I can do that. The other 20-25% I feel annoyed with myself if I moan about something or speak badly of someone.

I don’t think you can be a truly positive person if you don’t think positively all the time and that was causing some conflict inside of me. The work we did tonight will help address a hormone imbalance that may have been contributing to this. I think 🤔 that’s an accurate report!!

I randomly have a wedding reception tomorrow night so am taking Abbie the campervan to a campsite near the venue and staying the night to save having to drive all the way home. Had to rush about and find a dress…. Blah blah…. You get the jist.

I’m rushing everything….. even this.

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 483 work, Fit Body Farm and wild sea swimming 💻🏋🏻‍♀️🏊🏼‍♀️ 🥰

Didn’t have the best sleep last night. Felt like I was up and down like a yo-yo! I hadn’t booked in to the Fit Body Farm as I was late getting to bed so I booked it for 5.30pm. It would be so easy not to go but I think it gives me more energy. (Despite the fact it knackers me… go figure!)

Work was good and WAY cooler than it has been. The weather is still hot but cloudy so the intensity of the sun is WAY less.

Despite that the Fit Body Farm was sooooo hot tonight! There’s a big difference between the 6am temperatures and the 5.30pm temperatures… I have lost count of the amount of press-ups and squats I did but it was hundreds…. Really enjoyed it though and was a sweaty mess!

So in one of my blogs I mentioned that I follow the Wild Sea Swimming group on FB but have never got round to joining them. Shelagh, who I go to for Health Kinesiology said she wanted to try it too.

And so we did it tonight!!

Here we go……

I just wore my gym gear and for the first few minutes my feet were really feeling it. I think I’d I’d been on my own I’d have walked back out for a bit but we kept going and it gets warmer.

Toes in the sea

Then it was time for the shoulders!!!! We went for it and once we were in we adjusted really quickly. It wasn’t really the best place to swim as there were quite a few rocks so we floated around for about 15 minutes.

Check the big smile!!
In the water!

It was lovely to just float around, look at the scenery, relax and be a part of the sea…. The pics make it look like a muddy puddle but we were stirring up all the sand.

Jeezo….. 😆

So we’ll be definitely doing that again! We moved really quickly when Shelagh said something moved underneath her…. That was me… out!!!

Look at the size of those smiles
The sun’s trying to come out
Happy ready first the drive home!

What an amazing thing to experience and so thankful that Shelagh wanted to do it too. Here’s to many more!! 🌊

Auntie Jac sent this one at just the perfect time!!

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️

Day 482 garden tidy up before it got too hot…. Yep still scorching… in Scotland! 🌞🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🌞

I had a wee lie in today. Didn’t get out of bed until 8.40am. Not the longest of long lies but if I go back to the gym tomorrow it’s a 3 hour and 40 minute lie in!

We’ve had a super productive day today and weeded the rockery which was completely overrun with weeds. It was shocking!!!

Before
After
After
After with gorse bush moved from further down the garden (what a difference!)

Craig pressure washed the grass. Wish I’d taken a before pic. It looks like a green carpet now.

Such a difference!!

Still got a bit of work to do to the old pond area in the foreground… it needs soil and another plant in it.

Having a drink!!
Loving the new grass!!
♥️ this

So it’s back to “auld claes and porridge” for me tomorrow….

I’ve only worked one day in the last 10 and it’s been glorious weather so it feels like a holiday. Back to my new normal. Fit Body Farm at 6am and a full working day at Tartan.

Might head to the coast tonight for sunset too. Will see. Been a good day getting things done that have needed doing for a long time…. And of course… chilling in the sun. Again.

This is your Sunday afternoon reminder that we can all handle everything this coming week throws at us. Remember it’s only they way we react that affects us.

Stay safe everyone 🌞🌞🌞

Day 481 oh I do like to be beside the seaside 🌊🌞🔥🐶🐾👣

Clean bed last night with lightweight sheets…. And yet I didn’t sleep quite as well…. We’ve had the same heavy but soft flannelette duvet cover on since before Christmas. I’ve managed to wash it and change it same day every time since then. I felt the need for change 😆

I think the weight of the covers helps me sleep more soundly. I was up and down to the loo a few times last night.

Anyway poor Craigie is working today so I decided to take Calaidh down to the beach for a run this morning. She ran… I paddled. I couldn’t tell you the last time I paddled and it was bloody amazing.

Ready to go mumma!

I’m a member of the wild swimming group on FB and have never quite managed to do it. I always have some excuse…. I even bought a dryRobe but still never seem to actually do it. It must be very cold as I felt the pain with the water just above my knees!!!

We have arrived at Portencross car park

Still can’t get over the excitement of fitting under the height barrier. Simple things in life eh?!

The tips of the mountain on Arran are the only bit visible in the mist!
The walk out to the beach
Check this guy…. Think someone’s made a stag out of stuff lying around the rocks 🪨
Instead of “three craws sat upon a wa’” sing “a hunner craws sat upon a fence” they never even moved when Calaidh went down into the water!
Beautiful wild flowers 💐

Now I did see one thing that made me really sad….. someone had placed some rocks on a huge jellyfish… obviously had the fear it would float in the sea and hurt someone but the poor thing was lying in the sun with 2 big rocks on it. I’m sure it was already dead as it had some holes where I think it had been burnt by the sun and dried out. I can’t believe that someone could be so cruel as to do that and not even give it a second thought. Heres a pic of a happier jellyfish…. 💜💜💜💜

So…. Sad stuff aside.

It was beautiful. Stunning. Out of this world.

And breathe…..
Isle of Arran in the distance
Paddling!!!!!! Look how clear it is.
Look into my eyes…. Not sure about this….
Still following you though!
Calaidh, me and my seagull went for a walk.
Lovely circular ripples over the sandbank
Check out those Phoenix shaped clouds!
Sniffing the stone!
Honestly just stop and look at this for a moment…. Scotland. Half an hour from our house. Wow!
Please can we head back to dry land.
Ok that’s better now… this way…
Beautiful yacht. Reminds me of my neighbours!!
Wee thistles!
The mist surrounding Arran is clearing!
Arty sea shot which should be renamed arty grass shot maybe?!?
Quick run out to the rocks but now where to paddle so back up to the shade of the van.
Tall floating seaweed
Shade and lots more water!
That was fun, now I need a sleep!

I have actually had the loveliest day. I have not sat out in the sun all day which is very unlike me… I’ve actually enjoyed sitting inside in the shade too. It’s still scorching and I think it must be in the late 20’s C again.

I forgot to mention the other day that I’d left my bikini top hanging up drying and puppy number 1 seems to have chewed the strap…..

I was gutted!!!!

Today I decided to fix it…….. look what I managed to do.

Instead of sewing the strap onto the shoulder I sewed it on to the back 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

I even checked to make sure I wasn’t sewing it on back to front and I imagined I would do that…. What a muppet. I only found out when I tried to put it on…….. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I sewed it on so well it took me ages to unpick it too. I did actually laugh out loud though.

I also put a new phone screen on and managed to get that right 3rd time. That old saying….. 😆

It’s been a lovely peaceful afternoon.

I have to say I am feeling really good just now. Calm, relaxed and chilled out…. Despite the intense heat! Life is good and long may it continue.

Stay safe everyone 🌞🌞🌞

Day 480 still scorching hot here 🥵🔥🌞🔆☀️🌞and saw the best sunset last night! 🌅

Oh my word… it’s hot…..I feel I need to explain something to anyone reading that’s not based on the UK…. We never get this length of prolonged heat…. And most certainly not in Scotland. None of us have air conditioning (apart from The Windsor Waffle 😁), our houses are heavily insulated to keep heat in and our bodies are used to much lower temperatures.. We sit outside in the sun if it’s 14C!!!

We love it on holiday, in fact we expect it on holiday and are devastated if we don’t get it but it feels very different at home.

Craig and I were laughing at each other yesterday as it was far too hot to be sitting in the sun (26C here although it feels hotter). Yet we slogged it out. We could hardly breathe, it was like sitting in a sauna! Now we know the dangers to prolonged sun exposure but as I said yesterday, we just never know when we might see it again.

Yet we get up again today and here it is again…. Wow. Another day of glowing with perspiration 🥵😆

Claire and I headed down to the coast for sunset last night and had such a lovely time.

Would love these guys to get a copy of the pic!
Not sure if you can see here but one of the worlds largest cruise ships just sailed out from behind the island that the sun set behind
Thar she blows!

We heard a woman shout “oh there it is….” And we’re scanning the horizon for the “it”….. she just slowly crept down the side of Arran and it actually seemed like her engines were off at one point.

Girls on tour in what seems like matching tops!
This is another lovely one, Claire set the timer

Now last night was great in a good few ways…. First of all Claire agreed to come down for sunset in the first place…. Secondly I managed to fit Abbie the camper under the height restriction in Portencross car park!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is huge. I’ve not been down since I had the van raised as I was scared I’d be too high. Claire jumped out to check (immediately after admitting she has no spacial awareness…. 😬) and I sailed on under…… and thirdly Claire turned the brightness up on a phone and gave my phone a whole new look!!! I’ve been on the dimmest of settings and all of a sudden my pics took on a whole new light. Wow. Every day is a school day!

Arran looks mystical
The only ripple is the waves from the kayaks and passing ships
Claire took this lovely pic

The next photo is is at 11pm…… arriving back home. Unheard of these days… we went to McDonalds for a milkshake on the way home. The moon rise was just as attractive as the sunset last night. It was very large and pinky/orange. We had the giggles in this pic as I thought a streetlight was the moon as we tried to take the selfie….. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😁🤣

Quick dog walks today before it got too hot.

So I had the osteopath today and he said that my knee has a swollen goose foot….. (only me…..) and that’s the reason for my pain. It obviously has a much more sophisticated name but I can only remember the crazy one. He says I should put some ice on it after exercise I have all the tools to correct it but could do with some new trainers to help support my foot a bit more. Ok then…. I have to “keep doing the exercises” that I have not done enough of…. And stretch. I really must stretch.

Just before my appointment I bumped into Anne from my tapping group…. It’s maybe been about 3 years since I’ve seen her. It made my day to get a huge hug… even if we did only have 5 minutes if that!

I did a quick food shop after the Osteopath… came home and hung up the second last washing of the day and then tackled some of the meadow garden weeds.

Needless to say there is no after photo as it looks a mess and I have nettle stings under my right armpit and on my right wrist. I also got bit on the leg by and evil horsefly that drew actual blood. Booooooo to gardening!

Sitting back down and enjoying the sun. Hope you all have a a great weekend.

Stay safe everyone 🌞🌞🌞