Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Hello! I'm back!

Hello from Scotland! Bet you thought I'd disappeared? Sorry to worry some of you but thanks for your emails asking if we are ok.

It has been a busy week.  I had a lovely birthday. Thank you for all your birthday wishes. I got lots of lovely cards and presents from my family and friends. My friend Kathy and her two kids came to visit and stayed at Rachel House with us. We visited the local Scottish  Deer Park and since I forgot my camera, I thought I would take photos with my mobile.  Now I've always found it quite difficult to take photos with a mobile cos you have to barely hold the damn thing cos otherwise there are fingers in the photo. So there I was, snapping away outside the outer fence of the wolf enclosure, when I lost my grip on the phone as I was taking a picture and dropped it inside the enclosure!

they were really pretty close up

I let out a squeal and Holly and crew came running to my rescue by grabbing some sticks and they managed to drag my phone to the fence where I clutched it lovingly! The noise I'd made had attracted the attention of some stags in the next enclosure so off we went and I took pics of them too. Barely 5 minutes later, we were back taking pics of the white wolf which had gotten up from sleeping and was starting to pace and I did it again! You should have seen the look on Kathy and Holly's face when I told them through my hysterical laughter that I had indeed dropped it in the enclosure for the 2nd time.  Needless to say, I was ordered to put the damn thing away! Spoil sports!

Holly and Erin

James feeding the deer
Back at Rachel House we all sat down to dinner.  I had barely finished when I looked up to see Kathy carrying a birthday cake complete with a 4 and a 5 on it. I'll kill her! LOL Everyone sang Happy Birthday and we all had a piece of that lovely cake. Turns out Kathy had brought a cake with her but the staff at Rachel House had already bought one. How cool is that? And they gave me a handmade card that Jack had helped them to make.

We spent the evening with Jack before setting of to see Harry Potter, parts 1 and 2. I have to say, seeing them both together was a brilliant idea and well worth doing. Everyone managed to stay awake and we arrived back at Rachel House at 2.45am, tired but happy. It had been a great birthday.

Jack's seizures seem to be calming down this last week. He went into respite on Thursday for the weekend and Holly and I flew to Dublin for her belated birthday weekend. The first day was spent strolling around the many shops there. We stopped at this chocolate cafe bar called Fiji's where I had a hot chocolate with chilli. OMG it was to die for, chocolate heaven for sure. It was the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted!

After much shopping we wandered back to our hotel and fell into bed. The next morning we were up bright and early as Holly wanted to go to Dublin Zoo. We decided to take the Hop on Hop Off bus tour of the city which would eventually drop us off just outside the zoo. So there we were on the top of the open top double decker bus, enjoying the view and the live commentary. It started off lovely and sunny but very soon it was bloody freezing! Being die hard tourists, we were not going to be wimps and move to a sheltered part of the bus, no no, not us, instead we giggled and shivered, ducked to avoid low hanging branches, oohed and aaahed at everything, giggled and shivered even more until finally it was time to get off the bus. Down on the ground it was a sweltering hot day! Who'd have thought it???

We had a great time wandering around Dublin Zoo and Holly being the same kid she was many years ago, insisted that I see every animal from EVERY angle and was not satisfied til I complied! From there we hopped on the tour bus again and was dropped off in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, I jest you not!

We stood and watched all these students in their zombie gear demand our "brains" as well as money for the many good causes they were raising funds for. Great great fun.

they were really getting into character

zombies marching for "brains"

some of the make up was ace

From there we went on the Viking Splash Tour which was hilarious and involved lots of yelling at unsuspecting Celts when they weren't looking. By the time we had finished on that, Holly's hay fever was really giving her problems and she was literary sneezing for Britain. She was so miserable with it that we jumped into a taxi to get us back to the hotel quickly so she could take more pills. Once she was medicated and provided with enough tissues to wipe half a dozen snotty noses, we headed back down to reception.

our Viking vehicle

Getting ready to roar at unsuspecting Celts

We needed life belts for the "splash" bit of the tour

I had arranged to meet up with C from the blog Looking for Blue Sky for a coffee.  She appeared about 10 minutes later with her daughter Smiley who was a bit under the weather. Jack and Smiley are very similar in ways, both have unique conditions and both face their disabilities with utmost determination and the purest of hearts. Smiley is the perfect nickname for her daughter who wasted no time, despite feeling under the weather, in giving us a beautiful smile. Considering it was the first time we had met, there was no awkwardness between us and we were chatting away, trying to cram in as much as we could in the little time we had as we both had daughters who were feeling lousy!

Poor Holly suffered the rest of the night and was much better by the time we flew back to Aberdeen as the weather was cold and windy and didn't affect her so much.

Back home, after picking up Jack and the dogs, I was hoping for a few days of calm but no, I got a phone call yesterday from the plumber saying they were coming today to start Jack's bathroom! I was in shock because I needed to clear the damn place of all his stuff and equipment before they could start so I managed to put them off til tomorrow and then we have a week of total uproar while the rip the bathroom apart and hopefully make it look lovely again.

So Holly and I quickly set to work and it is more or less done. Phew! No rest for the wicked eh?

Have a great day folks.


  1. YAY! So happy to see you and see what a great week you have been having. I am especially glad to see Jack's seizures have calmed a bit AND the new bathroom will be finished soon.

    I have a huge smile on my face for you all this morning. Hugs my friend.

    Great pictures btw. Oh and please get a bungee cord for your phone. giggle

  2. Welcome back! I missed you.

    A belated "Happy Birthday!" and my wish for many more for you, Hon.

    I'm so happy for you that you enjoyed this one in spite of having a case of "the dropsy's".

    Also happy that Holly enjoyed her belated birthday weekend and that Jack is doing as well as he is.

  3. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a grand time, and I'm glad you got your phone back- those were close calls!

  4. I'm glad your back with stories to tell!!! You did so much!! I'm glad you had a blast and met up with some old and new friends. Good luck with the bathroom. :)

  5. What an exciting time you had! Wonderful. That is so funny about the phone; I am glad you got it back and it wasn't eaten. Vikings and Zombies! Pretty cool.

  6. How do you do it? Where do you find the energy? You're amazing. What a great Mom and so glad you and Holly had a good time. The pics are great. When do you rest? I just have to know! Hugs my friend!

  7. "What Barb said". You really are something girl and that was quite an adventure you two had. Hope Holly is all recovered by now. Glad to know you had such a great birthday. Take care of yourself & say Hey to Holly & Jack for me.

  8. Lovely to have you back today Lyndylou! Gosh, you've certainly had a busy time, and the weekend in Dublin sounded great. Loved the photos! I am so glad that Jack's seizures seem to be settling down again, and I pray that this situation will continue for you. Take care my friend.

  9. You're lucky you didn't get your finger bitten off. I'm jealous of you for living in Scotland. I went once and it was the most beautiful place I've ever been. We went all around Scotland, too. Incredible.

  10. Great Birthday fun with your lovely friends and children. Glad Jack is having less seizures.

    What a fantastic trip to Dublin! Love the Zombie parade! what a unique idea to raise money for a good cause.

    Wonderful that you were able to meet C and her Smiley.

    Good luck with the new bathroom. I hope it ends up with everything you and Jack need ~ and be done in a week.

  11. Looks like every one had a good time. The deers are so innocent. Nice shots:)

  12. I really enjoyed meeting you and Holly, hope it can happen again :) And sounds like great news about Jack's bathroon, hope it has all the equipment you need to make life a bit easier xx

  13. SkippyMom - lol I think I will have to invest in a bungee cord! Oops :)
    Don - aww you say the nicest things
    Shelly - thanks. Lol I know!
    Belle - I laughed til I cried cos I couldn't believe I'd done it again!
    Bouncin' Barb - I wish I could tell you. I just keep going until I crash and burn and then I have to rest up big time which usually means crashing back into my bed when the kids are at school and getting up just before they come home!
    Odie Langley - adventures are what make life worth living and Holly is one of my favourite people to have an adventure with
    Thisisme - aww thanks. I know this is the busiest summer I have had in such a long long time
    Elliot MacLeod-Michael - it is a truly beautiful place and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else :)
    Kellie - Zombie parade was a real highlight of the trip, so much fun
    Munir - good time had by all :)
    Looking for Blue Sky - I hope we can do it again too :)


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