365 Photo Project – Week 26

Here we are half way through the year, which seems fitting given our circumstances. We’re in the middle again. Living in two different countries, in the middle of a move. We’re also half way through our big vacation, and not fully settled anywhere.

But it’s been a great week!

I’ll say it again, I think we’re at our best when we’re unsettled.

This week is a triple bonus week. The boys are here, Brian is on vacation from work, and we had his son’s wedding on Arran to look forward to. Every day this week has been a big day.

We started with a trip to St. Andrews, where Brian and golf were both born.


Through the Tunnel
Under the castle walls


Then we had a day in the tree tops at Go Ape. We surprised the boys and spent over two hours high up over the forest swinging from ropes, crossing spindly bridges, jumping off platforms and flying over valleys.

Ziplining through the treetops with Go Ape in Aberfoyle

Through the Trees


We took a ferry ride to Arran on the west coast of Scotland where we spent four days enjoying the wet Scottish summer weather.

Taking the Androssen ferry to Brodick on Arran, Scotland

Through the Firth of Clyde


We toured a seven hundred year old fortress turned castle.

Brodick Castle through the gates

Through the Gates of Brodick Castle


And I did it! I drove on the wrong side of the road, on the wrong side of the car for the very first time! Who cares if it was only for two blocks and back, I still think it counts as an accomplishment. It was oddly disorienting, but still fun.

Drive on the wrong side of the road

Through the Wrong Side of the Windshield


And then there was the big day. The reason we took this vacation, the reason we were on Arran, the day we’d been waiting for and so happily got to be a part of. Brian’s oldest boy married his long time girlfriend in one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever attended. We all cried, we all laughed, we all danced and we were all so happy to celebrate with them.

Through the First Dance

Through the First Dance


Before we knew it, it was over. Too soon we were back on the ferry on our way to the mainland.



We’re in Sterling right now, staying in the last of the hotel rooms for the week. Tomorrow night we’ll be back in our beds in Newcastle and I can show the boys where we’ve been living for most of the last six months. The vacation isn’t quite over, and we won’t be settled for a few months yet, but it’s time to go back to a little bit of normalcy. Whatever that means.

I’m glad I still have a few more days with my boy. I have loved spending this past week with him, and with my nephew. They’ve grown up into young men we can be proud of. We’ve been able to give them a lot of independence on this trip which made the week enjoyable in the best possible way. None of our time together was smothering, or restricted. We got to interact more as adults than as parents and kids, and it was wonderful. It’s going to be hard to watch them fly away later this week.

I hope the hugs I give them last us all a very long time.

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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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2 Responses to 365 Photo Project – Week 26

  1. Jade @ Tasting Grace July 1, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    Sounds like you all are having a fabulous time! I love that line you say about being at your best when unsettled. I can totally relate to that. Congrats on driving on the wrong side of the road! For me, the part that still trips me up from time to time is reaching for the windshield wipers when I want the indicators. :)
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    • akil3655
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      July 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

      Thanks, Jade! The driving, although very brief, was fun! Now I want to do it again. :)
      We’ve got the boys for only two more days and I miss them already!
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