Pictures from our whirlwind tour (1)

So we are back in London after a week and a half of travels, and I actually remembered to take some pictures. I hope you are all proud. Being me, however, I am now so up to my shoulders in house sorting and back-to-school (yay, back to school! Planning and stationery! Boo, back to school, less time to read and nap!), that getting them all in order didn't really happen. I hope this gives a flavour of our visiting - the pictures are all mine or snaffled from my beautiful baby sister Sian, who is turning into quite the photographer! Sian, I hope you put some of your bee bonanza pics up - stunning stuff!

Out of the photos, most are from Forres and Scotland. By the time we got to Cramlington it was time to read and nap and relax....and we had a lovely day by the seaside (and some very naughty fish and chips too), but I forgot to take pics. Oh well, here's a glimpse of our visit...

You may recall Fingal (Finger-Badger) from our previous travels to Dublin and Nottingham. This time we brought him a buddy in the form of Derek (Duck). You know you're a little odd when you choose which handbag to take on holiday with the thought 'which one will fit a badger and a duck in....?'

The boys, all tucked up in our hotel before the early flight.

Fingal and Derek on the road to Forres - EXCITED!

Once we'd got to my parents and said our helloes, I had to go upstairs and attack this - my pile of Christmas and birthday gifts! As Matthew and I couldn't make it up for Christmas due to the epic snows, all my gifts were awaiting me in August. As I'm now closer to thirty than twenty-nine it was a welcome present explosion. Actually, presents are always good, right?

My beautiful sister, Sian. I hadn't seen her for a year, which is officially far too long! Luckily we synchronised on this visit - it was great to hear all her news and hang out. Her fiancé couldn't make it up, which was a shame, but we're hoping to arrange a visit in the spring.

My lovely brother Peter was home too (he's on vacation from uni). It was so good to joke with him (we have the same dry, slightly sharp sense of humour!). I love his 'world's greatest Dad' mug - the story behind it? He broke his mug and needed a replacement. As he was mid assignment, he asked his flatmate to pick up a cheap one. The options at the store were apparently this or 'I love you'! Hence the 'world's greatest dad'!

The boys make friends. I love the mug they are sat around - on it is a very silly picture of Naomi (a.k.a. Mlle Wilson) and Jane (a.k.a. Jeeeeeaaaan!) at a ball during our Masters/PGCE year. Good times.

Better view.

Me petting the 'polar bears' at the Highland Wildlife Park. The real one was much farther away!

My siblings and I enjoy a good board game (we grew up in the country, baby). This was our second game of Monopoly of the visit (I may have become a little addicted...).


More silly soon, in between unpacking, laundering, and silliness...

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5 comments:

  1. Looks like you had an amazing trip home! I can't believe that you haven't really been there since Christmas. Glad you got time to spend with the sibs too. Love all the pics.

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  2. You look like you locked up the green properties. Always good to have.

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  3. These pictures are cool - Yay pictures! Glad you had a good time x

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  4. Cute! I love your mascots :) I have so many stuffed animals that I'm sure it's socially irresponsible...

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