Four weeks have passed as we approach autumn, and a new academic year with all that will hold.
I’ve been busy at work with all the prep for the full return to school for students and staff. This has been a real rollercoaster and my days have been long and the anxiety huge. A flood to one area also divided an additional challenge with an office move to complete too.
I have enjoyed in the last week a trip to the Bombay Sapphire distillery, and a family get together to meet our newest member. After that we have travelled to Arbroath, my birthplace via Barnsley, and Bridge of Allan.
The Bridge of Allan was my first ‘meet’ with someone via Instagram, and whilst Covid made the interaction brief, staying in their holiday let was a lovely mini break in beautiful surroundings.
Arbroath was wet, as was Stirling and the trip to Falkirk, but so worth visiting my parents for the first time in 5 months. We had good conversations, lots of laughter, good food and even a drive out to Edzell and a almost balmy evening. At 85 and 87 time spent with them is precious.
A trip to Glamis also brought back wonderful memories of our children from previous visits, and even though very wet, the staff were lovely and the new way to follow the tour really easy and enjoyable.
Barnsley beckoned again to stay with my cousin and her fiancé: I am so lucky that I have a plethora of cousins who are so hospitable and time spent with them is such fun. We had a delightful Italian meal, our first out out since February. A slightly weird experience but at least it makes the thought less daunting to do again.
We’re on our way home now with a Bank holiday tomorrow, after which September arrives and it will be go, go, go…..,