How many times in my life have I walked down this quiet country road? Or cycled it, for that matter? The exact number is beyond counting…
I grew up living along this road, as between the ages of four and ten my family lived in a farm cottage about the same distance again as the small white cottage is from where I stand taking this picture. My first school is about the same distance away down the hill to my left, and my later family home, where we moved when I was ten years old and where my parents still live today, is about the same distance up the hill to the right.
Not long after we moved to our new house, a new family moved into the road, living in the farmhouse immediately behind our old cottage. A new family not just to the area, but to the country – Americans, no less, with chidren around our age – two boys, one the same age as me who would be in my class in school, and one two years older. Our families became friends, socialising regularly, friendships that have remained firm four decades on.
The older boy of that neighbouring family is now my husband. We took a rather circuitous route to getting together, as life took us in completely different directions for a couple of decades. But our friendship continued through the many ups and downs we each encountered, until what with one thing or another we were both in our late thirties before that long-term friendship flourished into love. And five years ago we finally took the plunge and got married!
Whenever we visit my parents, my husband and I always like to take a walk along ‘our’ road, remembering a shared childhood spent in that beautiful countryside, happy that fate in the shape of a very ordinary single-track rural road first brought us together as friends all those years ago…
Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken
Living in London as I do, I really miss the spectacular Scottish sunsets of my younger years, the moody skies and hot fiery rage of the dying daylight as the sun sinks silently screaming behind the hilly highland horizon, fighting with every last spark to stay alive to the last gasp…
But as this recent image shows, taken last week from the upstairs window of my youngest daughter’s house on an everyday ordinary night just like any other in the North of Scotland, the nostalgic sunsets of my rememberings still exist in the here and now; and it is in fact me who is out of time, out of place… ❤
Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia
These stunning images were taken recently by my eldest daughter with her phone camera while visiting her in-laws on the Isle of Benbecula off the West coast of Scotland.
Although I’ve often been to Skye and have visited Lewis and Harris at the top of the Outer Hebrides, I’ve never been to either North or South Uist with Benbecula nestled inbetween, or Barra right at the bottom of the chain of islands, but it certainly looks like the sort of landscape I would love.
Hope you enjoy the beautiful views too! ❤
Living in London, I really miss the rare beauty of Scottish sunsets… this particularly fiery sunset was taken from my mum and dad’s house at the end of a delightfully chilly winter’s day in January 2012. The silhouetted plume of steam in the centre of the pic is from a wood processing plant several miles away 🙂
Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare
Two rural Scottish tracks for this week’s Which Way Challenge 🙂
It’s nearly always windy to some extent or other along the North East coast of Scotland where I grew up. The impressive steam plume from this factory rarely stands upright in the air, it’s usually bent sideways at varying angles depending on the strength and direction of the prevailing wind 🙂
Daily Prompt: Wind
Oldies but goodies…
Both these images are from June 2011, taken about six miles apart, and are still two of my favourite landscapes of home – the orange fingers of light reaching up from the setting sun, and the line of seagulls on the sandbar are my cherry on top ❤
Sunset over the Black Isle from where my mum and dad live, and looking across to the Black Isle from Nairn East Beach – lovely memories of a peaceful place a far cry from London 🙂
Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top
Two different parts of the country for Cee’s B&W Challenge this week – in the distance you can see the Temple in Wanstead Park, East London, and wind turbines on a Scottish hillside 🙂