a chilly week . . . and a happy birthday

I’ve lived in Scotland for 16 years now, and can’t ever remember it being quite this wintery at the turn of May.

These West Highland Way walkers got more than they bargained for

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anyone hoping for a bank holiday barbecue would have been sorely disappointed

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We found a wee snowman out in the hills

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And it was back to the winter walking wardrobe for me.

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We’ve been out and about quite a bit this week, as my parents have been visiting, to celebrate my mum’s 70th birthday. We were able to show them something of the west highlands in some spectacularly unusual weather, and Tom baked a congratulatory birthday cake with 7 candles.


My mum is certainly my biggest inspiration: she’s incredibly creative, independently-minded, witty, articulate and very caring – and she also runs her own small business. Seeing how she managed this allowed me to hope six years ago that I might be able to do the same.


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