Thursday, 17 July 2014

It's a Rum thing....

We've only been back in 'normality' for a couple of weeks and we are off again!! Nothing happens for ages and then everything seems to happen at once..... We are heading back to the beautiful Isle of Rum for a week, I realised after reading back through this blog that actually we have never mentioned this little island on here, it completely got bypassed by the lack of writing blogs at the times we've been up and back again. I shall rectify this by bombarding you with lovely photos so you can all see how special it is!!
Looking out from the shore road

Kinloch Castle - a tad eccentric for a little island!

Washing up facilities on the campsite!

The path to the Kabins from the shore

This visit is not just a holiday but a week of meeting and talking to people we've already met and some new faces as well, hopefully getting some idea if a move there would be at all feasible....A lot of our friends and family have kind of known we've been trying to find a way and sometimes felt like banging our heads against a brick wall or just giving up but this is a last ditch attempt. I've made a deal with God (I know all you strict Christian types will be shaking your head and tutting right now) that I personally need to know this time if it's yes or no for definite, so He has the job of making it abundantly clear!! Either way it means we can move on instead of feeling like we are in limbo land.... we'll see...... 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Heavenly Haven ....

We've just got back from a week away 'daan saaf ' , near to where we used to live and where I grew up from when I was about nine. It was interesting, lovely in many ways and kind of made us realise how much it and we have changed over the years...  Firstly there's just so much noise!! If it's not planes going overhead all the time, it's the constant hum of motorways in the background with the inevitable sirens. This area is also one of the richest in the country with huge houses and flash cars... sadly the huge houses also have huge security gates and probably no-one in them for most of the week as the residents have to work, work, work to keep their 'lifestyle' going.. I know where I'd rather be!!   

Funnily enough it was here I spent ten years growing up....most of my friends know that my parents worked for a missionary society whose headquarters (where we lived) just happened to be in an amazing, beautiful mansion with 35 acres of gardens..... (I so didn't appreciate it fully when we were there!!) It's like an oasis of calm in all the noise and 'keeping up with the Jones's ' going on around them. We had a great weekend back there at GoFest2014, a Christian Festival enjoying meeting new people and learning and re-learning about our own faith, we've come away with loads to think about and look into for the future. On the purely selfish side, it was soooo good to be able to swing on the best swings in the world and eat our lunch on the best verandah in the world (ever so slightly bias!!) This place will always have a little piece of my heart xx  


The next couple of days were spent fulfilling birthday treat promises to the kids, one at Legoland and one at the Globe Theatre both of which were brilliant days out, we even managed to squeeze in a visit to my big brother, still in hospital in London .... a fantastic week all round x