Day 631 the longest day of the year… winter solstice ❄️🥶❄️

I still remember where I was when this happened. Dad was a Scout Leader and we were out delivering Christmas orders from the Webb Ivory catalogue that helps raise money for charity. 25% of all sales went to the charity that ordered the gifts… anyway that’s a side step.

I was sitting in the car with my dad outside Kevin O’Reilly’s house as my dad was delivering Webb Ivory to them. Kevin was in my year at school so I was hiding in case he saw me…. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 we listened on the car radio as the first reports came through.

We watched in horror over the coming days as the true extent of what had happened unfolded.

Dad had friends from Lockerbie. We found out quite quickly that their family was ok. It still didn’t take the sting out of the fact that this had happened less than 58 miles from where we lived.

270 people lost their lives just before Christmas. It’s shocking at any time of the year but always seems s much worse around Christmas.

The emergency services worked tirelessly to ensure all the bodies were found. I can’t begin to imagine how they dealt with all that. I’m sure my uncle was involved.

Just horrifying all round. These are the events that shape your life. At the mere mention of the event you are transported back to the second you heard.

As an aside, I should also say that Kevin O’Reilly has also since died which really shocked me when I heard that. i think it was quite a while ago.

Moving on….

I love this, it’s very special and so very true. Never believe it… I did believe it as my darkest times. You are never truly alone, there is always someone who will listen.

So not much to say about my day other than I got steadily colder as the day went on. I was outside with a customer for about 45 minutes this afternoon and I haven’t been warm since. The van was freezing when I left work!!!

It was dark so early today. It seemed so much darker than yesterday, which is obviously ridiculous.

So I’m home now, in jammies already and it’s only just turned 5pm…. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🥳 the fire is on and I’m starting to thaw.

There has been a new COVID announcement in Scotland today. Christmas and Boxing Day can go ahead as planned but there are limits, from Boxing Day, in pubs and events with attendees capped for 3 weeks. We have to limit the amount of households we mix with and we’re being asked to stay at home as much as possible to stop the spread of the highly infectious Omicrom variant.

This would be funny if it wasn’t true 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😳

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️