Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Home and Away


We set off from our local airport, (love the shop) expecting to fly to Inverness. The weather, however, thwarted our plans, and as we circled the airport for the umpteenth time,the Captain announced that due to the fog, we would be diverting to Edinburgh. A bus would be laid on to transport us the 3 hour journey back up to Inverness. Well - as we would have missed John's appointments and had planned to head down to Edinburgh the following day, it would have been a pointless journey.


So a quick call to the hotel and we were booked in for an extra night. Fortunately John's consultant was able to arrange for him to have his MRI scan in Edinburgh, and he will telephone him this week to discuss the result.


Actually, it was a bit disorientating to find ourselves in Edinburgh almost two days ahead of schedule. Friday to Monday was pretty much packed with family visits, and so this extra time was very unexpected. We had a relaxing day around the hotel, James and I went for a swim, did a bit of shopping, had a nice meal, and generally enjoyed being back home for a while. 



The following day, James and I visited the National Museum of Scotland - a favourite place of mine growing up, but James had never been before. There was so much to see, and we spent the whole day browsing happily around part of the Natural Science collection. Lots of scope for future visits.



But we couldn't leave without paying a visit to the Lewis Chessmen - found on one of our favourite beaches. James remembered when they were exhibited on Lewis a few years ago.


Then it was into a weekend full of family visits. Most of the time they came to see us at the hotel, but we had a few trips out and about too.  I had a problem with my iPhone battery, so I am a bit short on photos of everyone, but hopefully you get the idea.














All that and more. What a wonderful weekend, and how good it was to catch up with grandchildren, Finlay and Erin. (The film wasn't too bad either!)


Then when we returned to the island, a very welcome face was waiting to welcome us home. Breagha and her Mum and Dad are staying with us for a few days. So -I'd say December has started off pretty well so far.

17 comments:

  1. We went to the National in June, it was awesome! We stayed at the premier inn on princes street, the kids and I had a lovely walk in the park and ate ice creams and the build a bear workshop was a great hit!

    Looks like you cooed admirably with that sudden curved ball and really made the most of it.

    Hope the news is good re MRI, thinking and praying for you all xx

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  2. Ooh predictive texting!! Coped not cooed LOL xx

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  3. How nice to have this unexpected time with your family Jacqui. Erin has grown so much since I saw her last, I guess they do that huh? I hope all is going well and December brings you much joy and happiness.

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  4. Haven't visited your blog in a little while Jacqui, I'm so glad I just did, it's always a breath of fresh air. Love Edinburgh at this time of year, I can almost smell the distillery maltings, and see the puffs of breath as you get bustled through the Princes Street crowds.

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  5. Jacqui, thank you for opening this window on to the love and spontanity and grace and sense of fun that your family holds so closely.

    Continued best wishes and prayers to you and yours. Also, best Christmas wishes get added to this comment.

    xo

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  6. Looks like fun, wonderful photos. We fancy seeing the Paddington movie during the Christmas holidays
    Twiggy

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    1. Hi - we really enjoyed the film - it's great fun x

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  7. good that things had a way of working themselves out, looks like a lovely time. sending much love and hugs and all positive wishes your way. xxx

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  8. Wonderful photos, as you said a great start to December, there is nothing nicer than catching up with family. Hope all goes well with the results.

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  9. How wonderful the love of your family are all around you, sometimes life has a different plan for us and you must have needed your extra family time.

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  10. Fingers crossed and prayers whispered the MRI results are most positive. What a lovely time you had!

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  11. love your header photo ... very seasonal and cosy. thanks for sharing your trip to Edinburgh and so happy that you got to see the Lewis chessmen ... they are a personal favorite of mine. hope things go well with the MRI.

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  12. so happy you were with family! Fingers crossed and prayers are being said for your husband.

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  13. Thanks everyone - we hope to hear next week how things are. We really appreciate all your good wishes and prayers xx

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  14. Oh, not too far from us. Edinburgh is lovely at this time of the year. I'm glad you have a nice trip.

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    1. Oh! I meant "had a nice trip". My cat jumped onto the laptop.....

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