I pinched the headline from my friend Tracey in Canada. She survived a much hotter heatwave than this but jeezo man this is scorching.
I have honestly been dripping with sweat for most of today. I cannot even imply the polite term of perspiring… I’ve been sweating like a beast.
Standing at the closed door of our portacabin felt like warming yourself against a radiator in winter. A door….. 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️
It feels way hotter than 25C.
Took a pic of the wee note I walked into this morning. It’s the wee touches that make Tartan special. ♥️ I was only in for a day then back off again…. One shift wonder!
Took this photo of Archie the Tartan Camper in the sunshine!
So we got to sleep all night last night! Puppy tummies are all better it seems.
So we’re sitting outside in the shade…. For anyone who knows me they almost won’t believe it… it’s THAT hot.
Forgot to say that I actually punched myself in the face on Friday when we arrived at the campsite in Glencoe. I was sitting in the drivers seat reaching for a bag to pull into the front of the van…. Mustn’t have had a hold of the bag. Full on whacked myself in the nose. Proper eye watering…. Though thankfully no nose bleed! Muppet!
So yeah…. That happened today! 2nd vaccination for us in the scorching heat in Ardrossan.
As I did start this blog to record life in COVID times, I should stay here that the nurse was super attentive. Asked us both how we were feeling after the first jag, what our reactions were and how we were feeling about the second one. I did say I was a lot more apprehensive his time around as I’d felt so lightheaded after the first one. Don’t know if it was Craigs driving 😆 or me being a bad passenger but I felt pretty dizzy on the way over. He explained that our bodies generate a lot of adrenaline to help us get through the unknown. He said that the adrenaline floods away when the had is administered and the body realises it’s ok…. That’s what causes the lightheadedness. With that explanation I sailed through this jag… mentally talking to the adrenaline saying I didn’t need it before he gave me the jag. (Come one you know I’m a weirdo my now!!)
I told the nurse today if Craig got the chills with this vaccine, as he did the last time, I’d just shove him out in the sun. 😆
We were up 3 times through the night with Little Miss Freya last night. We had her in our room as we suspected she was the one who still had a dodgy tum…. We were right, 1.15am was the first baptism of fire as she started a wee jig at the bedroom door! I was in a VERY deep sleep and bolted upright wondering what the hell was going on. Craig got her out sometime early morning and me again about 6.30am…. Better that way than her thinking she can’t get out.
It was really dark at 1.15am which surprised me as the moon had been so bright at 10pm.
So cloudy again this morning, pretty high level but actually a wee bit of respite from yesterday’s heat.
Only those of us who live here know what this feels like to us. This kind of heat is truly unheard of. Us Scots talk about the weather ALL the time. We often moan about it. We frequently get 4 seasons in one day. This heat feels like we are all abroad on holiday at once. It’s very hot… very draining but so, so lovely. Its expecially welcome as we can’t get abroad for holidays just now due to COVID restrictions.
I did read one thing (which I can’t find now!) that said we crave the heat and 30c on holiday is out of this world but at home it feels like the devils armpit!!!
I think I’ve said before but most of us change our whole daily plan around when the sun shines. We wash clothes, bedding, blankets, towels like there is no tomorrow. We never know when winter might hit at the drop of a hat. It can take us a week to dry washing in winter so we over wash in the summer just because we can. We high five each other for the number of washings we can do and dry in a day!!
So Craig’s at a funeral this afternoon… our neighbours’ mum sadly passed away. A very sad day for them all but what a lovely send off in the sunshine. 🙏🏻 ☀️
This is our last day off work, we are both back in action tomorrow…. Only for one day for me mind you as I’m off on Friday. Hard life eh?!? Tempted to message the boss to ask if working from a swimming pool would be acceptable?!? 👙🏊🏼♀️
So in light of the recent holiday and dog-pooping-once-again debacle… we are going to have to rethink our main summer holiday this year. We were planning a CalMac Ferries island hopping tour at the start of September but don’t think the dogs could cope. We have to weigh up our options but I have this romantic idea that someone would love a 2 week holiday in a quaint Scottish village with the village pub next door…. Obviously with the prime objective for us that someone will be here to look after our dogs. They are so much happier when they are off lead and able to run about in the garden. We may decide to take one with us, we may look into kennels but we really would rather not. if the worst comes to the worst we may need to just have a home based holiday with day trips. The price to be paid of building a dog pack!!
I’m relaxing in the sun this afternoon, reading a Lynda la Plante trilogy now starting with the Cold Shoulder. My lovely friend Evelyn has been keeping me going in books for a good few months now. I should say here too that I have the lardy ass out in an actual bikini today. Unheard of in the back garden that can be like Grand Central Station with visitors popping in. I am ready to shove clothes over the top at a minutes notice…. I am hiding down behind our wee fence which is festooned with wet washing as I’ve run out of places to hang it. No one needs to see this but it feels like a real summer holiday. 👙☀️ and literally just like that the door opens and Craig shouts “are you decent?!?” Eh naw!!!! Gimme a minute!!!! 😆🤣
Looking forward to a cold shower before crochet in the beer garden tonight. Life is pretty good right now… pooping puppers aside obviously?!? Anyone fancy a holiday?!? 🤷🏻♀️😆🤣
It is a scorcher today….. 28C we reckon… in Scotland…. In summer…. In July…. Almost unheard of. 😆 it’s certainly the hottest I remember Craig’s birthday being.
7am we were woken with a howl from the sunroom….. we were too late. Little puppers sore tums accident to clear up before I’d barely opened my eyes. The joys of pupperdom….. 🤦🏻♀️
We were awake.
Of course Craig was so excited about his pressies that he couldn’t sleep anyway. 🤣🤣🤣 so we got up and sat outside in the shade for coffee and pressies!
I should say here that Craig is the master of gift giving…. No birthday is too small to have a small fortune spent on it. So his birthdays are a source of stress for me as I can never match his generosity. I have tried in the past but always fail so I’ve decided to keep doing it my way. He still got a tonne of stuff!
We lazed about this morning… well I did while Craig fitted his new Front Runner awning to his roof rack. Not a birthday gift but I bought him the bottle opener, the under awning lights and the GoPro mount for the roof rack so his new overlanding car is taking shape.
We went to Auchengree Farm Shop for brunch.
It was too hot to eat outside today. For those of you who know me well you will see I’m a changed woman… I’d have been beside myself to get outside in the past! how times have changed. Maybe it’s because o don’t work 100 hours a week now (slight exaggeration!) and I know that if I miss nice weather I will catch it some other time?!
So for lunch Craig had a Club Sandwich and I had Chicken, Mango and Halloumi salad. I love love love halloumi!!
We bought some lovely BBQ meat for tonight. Now it’s not cheap… but it looks very good quality. Not a hint of fat to be found on the chicken skewers.
It’s been the loveliest of lazy days. The dogs are so much more relaxed being home. It’s nice to see them back to their old selves but sad that being away seems to bother them so much. We have to think up some strategy as we can’t not ever go away again.
We’ve had lovely drinks with neighbours and it genuinely feels like we’re abroad on holiday. It’s still hot and it’s 7.30pm. Wonder how long it will be before we have aircon in our houses in Scotland?!?!
We had a lovely sunset last night… made all the more special by the receding cloud.
It was calm and peaceful as there’s not a a breath of wind…. Barely a sound apart from the neighbours smooth rock which played from early afternoon to the back of 10pm. 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️🥴😬😆
The mountains are even more spectacular which you can appreciate their true height. This Camping and Caravanning Club campsite is surrounded by mountains like a giant walled garden. It’s breathtaking…. And today it is very, very hot!!
It just goes to show that the cloudier weather we have had is so much better for the dogs.
Thankfully we have a bush (stop it!) right at our pitch so they are able to shelter in the shade. They have a basin of water to drink or sit in!!
I scoffed at my poor sister in law once for buying a cooling mat for her dogs and yet here I am the proud owner of 3 of them. You may notice from the above pic that neither of the dogs chooses to lie on one of them. 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️😆 I… on the other hand have used them for my feet….. they are really cooling!!
This is my view just now. I’m crocheting and writing as the day goes on.
Sadly Bhruic has her usual camping affliction… the runs…. And this morning has been sick too. Craig was up 3 times in the night with her and Freya and I only heard her once. They are so used the run of a long garden that I wonder if it’s the being tethered on a campsite that stresses them out?
We took the dogs for a lovely walk up to another viewpoint this morning.
So it would appear our neighbours are listen to the radio station”Mellow Magic”… “timeless, relaxing classics” …. now there’s nothing offensive about it at all but we do not want to listen to it. I am on holiday and want to listen to a whole lot of nothing. It started at 12.10pm and if yesterday is anything to go by it’s gonna be on until after 10pm. I may have to go for another walk!!
So in the space of time between writing this above and now, we are now home. The dogs were very hot and miserable being tied up so we packed up in the heat of the day and headed down the road. Both drivers and passenger windows right down and the blower on full. Even then the van said 30C inside. Super toasty.
I have spent the last 3 days grumbling about it not being sunny…. Sun comes out and we have to go home. I’m not gonna lie, there was a spoiled child having a hissy fit tantrum inside of me as we packed up.
But…. (Never start a sentence with but…..) we have had a lovely time. It was lovely to catch up with Stuart and Lee, lovely to spend the day together in Glencoe and then have our BBQ. Things don’t always go as we plan but that doesn’t mean it’s all ruined. I’ve been cross with the dogs, why is life always so difficult because we have dogs I can’t change that so really there is no point being angry about it. They are much happier now that they are home.
My co-pilot took some pics on the drive home. Apart from the intense heat, it was a truly stunning drive, through Glencoe itself, across Rannoch Moor, down through Tyndrum to Crianlarich and down the side of Loch Lomond.
So all home and present and correct. Until the next time!
I slept like a log last night…. Didn’t wake until 8am despite being aware of trampolining puppers are various times through the night, I was so tired.
It’s still cloudy, but dry and hot so another lovely bacon toastie with coffee outside.
I’ve done a wee bit of Campervan housework this morning, took the dishes down to the dishwashing room and got everything back in it’s place. My organised brain can relax.
We went along to the Glencoe Visitor’s Centre and left the dogs for a sleep. Had a wee wander round and saw the wee hoosie I stumbled on in the dog walk yesterday morning.
Of course then we had to have the obligatory coffee and large piece of caramel shortcake and it was bloody lovely 😊
As we wandered around we saw a young couple sitting at a picnic bench with the best view. They were both on their phones and not talking to each other or taking in the surroundings. It made me appreciate the beauty all the more.
This is how we roll this afternoon… crochet for me and a book about dog food for Craigie.
So tonight we are making pizza 🍕 for dinner over a fire… well over a BBQ.
Don’t say we’re not adventurous!! Pups have been fed but waiting to see what comes out! Gonna post this before eat.
It’s turning into a lovely evening! Finally getting some sun tomorrow I think. Can’t complain, had a lovely chilled out afternoon. There’s not a breathe of air, or rain, so it’s campers paradise…. Minus the sun 🌞 🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🥴🌞
It’s still not that sunny. I go through phases of being so p’d off that we’re sitting under cloud and everyone else has scorching sunshine…. And then being truly grateful for where we are and how relaxing it is.
I say that and I didn’t get the best sleep last night but that was mostly dog related. We put the dogs in the awning and like miss inquisitive Bhruic realises she can get out of one of the doors and I hear her trying to get in the van at 4.30am! From then on we were the proverbial pupper trampoline!
We got up before 8 and I took the dogs a big walk up around the Glencoe Visitor Centre.
So I forgot to say but by shear fluke Craigs brother and his wife are at the same campsite!! They didn’t know we had booked and so arrived last night.
This morning we all went for a walk into Glencoe. We had a quick drink once they got settled. Alcohol free Erdinger for me. Still one of my favs.
We passed the site of the Glencoe Massacre.
Craig and I had been coming to Glencoe for years and only found the Lochan on one of our last visits. It’s a lovely place to go and you can walk right round it easily. There are loads of other walks around the area too.
We wandered back into Glencoe in search of coffee!!
We stopped for a coffee and a cake but seemed to chose THE most expensive place in Glencoe.
Two cappuccino, two scones with cream and jam, 2 portions of chips and two beers… £34.40!!!!!!!!! The scones were a fiver each and in all honesty the staff seemed mildly irritated by our order.
We wanted to sit outside as we have five dogs. They said we’d have to have the takeaway menu outside…. Which is fine… but the takeaway menu was nothing like the menu they were offering for takeaway once you went in to order. It felt like no one had any idea what was going on and we were just being a pest!!
Many gates to follow!!
We had a lazy afternoon sitting outside so I still have shorts and flip flops on but the sun isn’t breaking through much. Didn’t get my nap but did finish my book! Just couldn’t put it down.
We went to Stuart and Lee’s van for a BBQ tonight. Sat outside until about 10pm so it shows how warm it is even if there’s no sun. I will get over that…. I promise to try!!
The blog’s not uploading tonight so I’m going have to go to bed without posting it. Sure it will post sometime…. Update it’s all good this morning. Happy Sunday folks xx
Wide awake at 5.40am this morning. Did not go to the Fit Body Farm but my body obviously thought I should have… 🤦🏻♀️ I have heard it was a killer.
So I want to start off with a bit for the ladies…… I always promised to be pretty straight talking here. So being of the possibly-maybe-nearly peri menopausal age, I’m not that concerned when the time of the month passed me by as it has for the last ooooh at least 2 or 3 months. No great shakes.
This holiday has been booked since we knew we could get back out and about post covid. Why does my body choose last night to start up normal monthly cycles again. I mean…. COME ON…. Seriously?!?! The night before I go away for a holiday?!? Surely that’s not a coincidence?? It’s not been on my radar at all so it’s not like I manifested it at all…. Isn’t nature weird and wonderful. And infuriating…. 🤬
So what that means for men is that I am super cranky. All the work I have done to calm the anxiety down and in one night I have become Mrs Narky McNarkerson. Honestly I am so irritated by absolutely everything…. poor Craigie boy has his work cut out for him and Tartan should be glad to see the back of me 😆🤦🏻♀️😬 I am saying ALL the wrong words…… it’s actually quite hysterical. I called my camping chair a CAR instead of a CHAIR…. You get the drift.
So we left at 9.58am and did not have to return home for any forgotten items thankfully.
We drove down into Glencoe village as we were a bit early for the campsite.
We’ve bought stuff here in the past and it’s just the loveliest wee shop. It has a wee restaurant/coffee shop…. Might have to walk there again sometime.
We spent the afternoon getting set up, exploring the campsite and about 4.30 someone other than me announced that they might have a lie down. Just had a wee read of my book and a nap and it was soooo good. My first of the week.
Now we’re sitting outside having dinner.
We are a teensy hit miffed that the weather isn’t the best but I say that and we’re outside in shorts so really we shouldn’t complain! It’s glorious at home though!
At least here we are surrounded by mountains.
I just spilled some dinner on my sweatshirt. Bugger… I am my father’s daughter. 😆🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️😬
I’m not sure I remember such a consistent run of hot weather in Scotland. Maybe the last time was summer 2018 when we had a heat wave. A few days that I’ve left work today the car has read 35C. I know it’s not but it sure as hell is inside the van!
I did not stop for a photo session on the way to work this morning. I wanted to…. it was so beautiful.
I have my out of office on my email from tonight for just less than a week. Only started full days Monday to Thursday this week and I’m off already. Maybe that’s why I found the week so easy.
This is my view just now. It’s scorching hot again and honestly there’s not been a cloud in the sky all day. My blog friend who writes The Windsor Waffle has messaged to say how gloomy it’s been in Windsor. I think we have pinched Windsor’s weather for a few weeks?!?! Long may it continue.
We are off on our Overland and Borders adventures again tomorrow in Abbie the Camper van. It’s gonna be hot I think!
Craig has actually bought cooling mats for the dogs as it will be super hot for them.
He’s also packing then van just now while I sit out in the sun like Lady Muck, writing this and painting my toenails in some horrific neon pink I got free with perfume at Christmas!!! It may not really go with my mustard flip flops but I am wearing them come hell or high water… with neon pink toes…. 😆🥳
Oooooh I just checked the forecast and it now says foggy until Sunday afternoon….. NO!!!!!!!! I wish I hadn’t bothered. It will be fine.
It was a much cooler morning this morning. Still T-shirt weather even at 5.30am but there was a nip in the air.
The village was shrouded on mist… as was most of North Ayrshire.
So just along the road the sun makes an appearance and I had to stop and take photos. Bearing in mind it’s maybe 5.33am….
I also spotted a thistle…. Maybe 5.34 by now?!
It was beautiful. As I pulled back over to my side of the road I realised there was a car behind me. It was another Fit Body Farm-er and I was laughing as I thought she must be wondering why I’d stopped about a mile or so from the house. I hadn’t been caught short! The sunrise is photographic evidence. 😆
As soon as we got near to FBF I could see that there was a Scottish saltire 🏴 flag in the sky…. I took millions of photos of it.
So the Farm was great today. 2 teams competing. While one team had to hit a certain distance on the rower, assault bike and ski-erg, the other team had to try to score points with the number of sled pushes/pulls, wall ball targets and basketball baskets. Our team won…. By half a point!
Cold shower and off to work.
Another great day in the Tartan world. I don’t know where the time has gone this week. It’s great to have time in the day to actually do things I want to do at work. I still feel more in control being there for longer. The tin can portacabin was still super hot today but I actually managed to wash Abbie the camper van today by way of a break. Not quite a full lunch half hour away from my desk but about 3 stints at the van amongst other interruptions. I need to work on the lunch time separation!
Now I’m not gonna lie…. I am a bit more tired now than I have been all week but that’s allowed. I have the Gateside Hookers crochet club in 45 minutes so I thought I’d sit for a bit instead of running round like a maniac . I’m allowing myself time to rest without pulling the exhausted card.
I’ve put a washing on and put some dinner in the oven so actually that’s still more than the sloth in me would ever manage!
Woo hoo hoo hoo hoo!! Level 0 the day we could never see coming. Despite this blog being about struggling with mental health through COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve been very lazy recently with my updates.
I’ve stopped watching the news and the only time I hear something of any significance now is when someone tells me. Most likely to be Craig but today I got this news at work!
I’ve been invited to a wedding evening reception today too since this announcement. Craig doesn’t know yet! Cries of “what will I wear” were heard round the workshop today….. from the girls obviously. 🥴😆 one of the guys gets married at the end of the month.
So, a bit of reflection from me today…. Not like me eh?!? I’m really enjoying working the longer hours…… yes, honestly…. 😳🥴😆as it’s helping me keep more on top of the day to day work. I think a lot of my work anxiety comes from not knowing things and this way I am more in control.
So far I am more switched on (we can overlook the trying to put the kettle away in the fridge rather than the milk today…these things happen….😳🥴🤣😆) I have more energy, I feel brighter and happier. It’s actually a really lovely feeling. I am WAY more organised. WAY MORE.
Breakfast and lunch are ready the night before along with clothes for the gym and work. I’ve just make salad for dinner and an extra one for tomorrow. (What is happening to me?!?)
I’ve cooked up chilli to freeze to take away in the van at the weekend AND walked the dogs, all since I came home from work and not once have I felt tired, exhausted, sluggish or lethargic. Can I find any more words for tiredness?!?
So I realise, as with everything, there are peaks and troughs, but I am riding this peak and long may it continue. mixing my metaphors again too but hey….
I did my fist customer handover today. Processed payment and ticked a job off the list. It felt really good.
As I walked back into the village a white van flew through at what felt like 60 miles an hour. I gestured for him to slow the ‘f’ down…. He stuck his fingers up at me. I stuck mine up back… the effect was completely lost as I had 3 dog leads in that hand. It just felt better to do something. How would he like it is I drove past his bedroom window at 60mpg….. exactly.
Other than rude man it was a very positive day. I will allow the “I told you so’s”. It just has amazed me as of all the scenarios I played out in my head for this week I was never organised, alert, calm and relaxed….
I even did my knee physio exercises before leaving for work…. I mean…. Come on!!!!