Big skies and cold water...

Posted by Anj Medhurst on

We're just back from a quite spectacular week in the bonny Scottish highlands.

A last minute adventure... aren't they often the best kind? No time to get over-excited (the kids as well as me), not too much time to ponder what we should and shouldn't take with us: bikes; yes, dog; yes, comfortable walking shoes; yes, lots of books; yes, knitting; of course... other than those essentials, let's just 'wing it' shall we?

And wing it we did, in style, with almost unbroken sunshine every darn day! Next time I hear someone bemoan the scottish weather I shall simple raise my eyebrows and pffftt at their pessimism (or bad luck) for we returned with a rosy glow and our vitamin D levels well and truly restored. A week of outdoors, fresh air, cold water, big views and warmth on our skin....

Children swam in freezing cold, crystal clear rivers; there were loch-side campfires, bike rides through forests and walks up very big hills. Books were read (middle child won the prize, I think, for reading the entire Hunger Games trilogy in a week!), sweaters were knit, photos-to-treasure were taken and general conviviality reigned...

Suffolk is renowned for its 'big skies' - being among the flat lands in the east, where the fens sink gradually into the sea with nary a hill to slow their progress, but I was well and truly wowed by the scope of the skies in Scotland. When you're up Schiehallion, a thousand feet above sea level, the skies are immense...

And for a lover of colour, texture and words, it was a feast - you'll probably not be surprised to hear that ideas are brewing, words percolating, palettes being imagined and I've no doubt that the flora and fauna and stories of good times will find their way into a collection at some point ;-)

In the meantime, it's all about holding onto the moments, as memories, snapshots, wistful thoughts, while we get back to the business of daily life. It's always a bit of a bump back down to earth - especially when the heights were so high. Our views may have shrunk a little but we've got a week of good times, good food, good friends and good memories to relish forever...

 

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