So we are well into single figures now and it is all a bit real today.
We had a lovely weekend in Aviemore with Lynn, Stuart and Rosie – so nice to sit and do nothing after months of action. We didn’t say ‘goodbye’ to them just yet which I am glad about because I have had lovely, happy, mainly slightly drunken times at the cabin and I wouldn’t want the memory of saying goodbye to my oldest friend and my gorgeous God-daughter to cast a shadow over them.
Last night my cousin, Louisa and her boyfriend, Manuel came out for dinner and we had to say goodbye to them (after the Australia – Germany game, but the least said about that the better!). Exciting things are happening for them this year, too. Louisa moves over to Spain in September. They are such a lovely couple and I hope all goes well for them. I don’t know when we will see them again, but on a positive note, wherever we are it will be sunny!
Today I met Mum at the North Kirk Cafe for a cup of tea as I have almost every Monday morning for over eight years. I was there when Alexander was a teeny, tiny, screaming baby when our visits there were something of a sanity-saver as the volunteer ladies or Rev. Fraser would take my furious, noisy boy from me and walk round the church with him while I sat out in the cafe area and had a warm cup of tea (as every mother knows, getting to drink a coffee or tea while it is still hot when you have a baby is something of a rarity!). I was there all through my pregnancy with Ruby and didn’t miss a Monday after her birth, she was born on Friday and we were there the next Monday! Again, the ladies all had a cuddle (somewhat more enjoyable with a baby who was not roaring her head off!) and still made a fuss of Alexander, helping him choose his home-baking or getting toys out of the toy box for him.
It has been a really special place for me as it has been a weekly chance for Mum and I to catch up. Next Monday we’ll be in the Airport and I won’t get my cuppa and blether with my Mum. I don’t like that idea.
It’s only Monday. This might be a hard week I think.