It’s 7am (or it was when I started this posting) and all’s quiet. Mind you at this hour it has been since the Geddi (the plural of Geddes and applicable to any gathering thereof) arrived at Eagleton last Sunday. Everyone has been going to bed so late that the mornings have not started until rather later than usual. But this morning all is quiet and there will be no tired faces appearing for breakfast. We were up just after 5am and by the time this post is finished Wendy, Fraser and Catriona will be half way across The Minch on the way to their next visit.
They were fortunate in having wonderfully sunny, if cold, weather for the first four days and the children, who had not been on the Island before, saw it in its best light. Wendy, having lived here, knows the Island in all its moods.
So now the visit is just memories. I have enjoyed it immensely. I have enjoyed their company. I have enjoyed that they have seen my home as it now is (Wendy was last in this house over 15 years ago). I have enjoyed the laughter. I have enjoyed being congratulated on my lovely grandchildren (and have given up explanations). I have enjoyed (on one occasion and by someone who should have known otherwise) being mistaken for Wendy’s husband (who’s 20 years my junior!).
Today there were no emotional goodbyes; just hugs and high fives. I probably won’t see them again before they return to New Zealand but I should be back in my NZ home at the end of our UK summer. Summer?! In Napier they are complaining about the cold winter. It’s summer here and our temperatures are still generally lower by one or two degrees than in Napier!