Regular readers of this blog and/or FaceBook may recognise some of these highlights!
Our first challenge of the 2014/15 holiday period was to host Christmas for Kay (see link ‘my family and other animals’ top left for the cast list!) and my uncle at the rather small flat in Woolwich without buying anything extra and making do with existing dishes, plates and glasses! It was the first Christmas since my father died so we wanted to do something completely different which we achieved. We did it again for 2015 but with more people and borrowed furniture!
first attempt at a selfie Christmas 2014
January – ski-ing for a week in Sauze d’Oulx in the Milky Way ski area … and meeting up with a long lost Irish cousin of mine to share ancient documents.
February – TopMan did jury service in London on a case presided over by Cherie Blair!
March/April – in Whistler at the end of the ski season and this time my family joined us. So we had BS, Bickford, NN and BN with us for a couple of weeks and included the obligatory meal at our local restaurant!
At Rimrock Cafe
May – American cousins of mine were visiting London and BS flew down from Aberdeen to join us. We had a wonderful meal in St Katharine’s Dock and then met up again next day at the War Museum to see the Fashion on the Ration exhibition.
July – school reunion of my year for me and camping in Brittany in ‘Rosneath Towers’ for us both. Caught up with TopMan’s Aunty Judy and her daughter Jacqueline in Peterborough.
A very French lunch!
Municipal flowers in Binic
Binic market day
August – another outing for Rosneath Towers on the Isle of Arran with the Broons for a glamour dinner at Lochranza and then some hill walking in Aberdeenshire for my birthday while Canadian extended family borrowed the Woolwich flat.
Just a small seafood platter!
Rosneath Towers in full glory!
Mither Tap o Bennachie
Pictish walls on Bennachie
Tap o Noth
September – opened with TopMan master-minding the Kirkintilloch Flower Show and then we went to Devon with Kay, via a Clan Davidson meeting in Stranraer. This year the weather was so good in Devon, we just revelled in it and didn’t do much else!
The gladioli classes
Just to prove it, here is the Osborne terrace en soleil!
Kay on the Osborne terrace
Thatcher Rock from Meadfoot Beach
Meadfoot Beach at high tide
October – always a rush as we prepare for TopMan starting his, now regular, pre-Christmas temporary stint with John Lewis in Westfield, East London.
November – TopMan carries on working hard (!) while I and BS head to Whistler to check out the house after a summer rental and do a spot of skiing.
December – a Glasgow 2014 reunion in Glasgow for me while TopMan continues working hard and preparing for Christmas in London!
all set for Christmas Day