Monday, 5 May 2014
I arrived home on Lewis yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. So home, yes but dry? Who am I kidding?
There is a good Old Scots* word, dreich. There is no finer word for describing a particular Scottish weather: the type of Scottish weather that we have been having since I returned to Scotland last Tuesday. The type of weather seen from my kitchen window at 0630 this morning:
It's cold. It's wet. It's miserable. It's misty. It's dreary. It's dreich! It's my Scottish HOME!
It is one week ago New Zealand time that I left my New Zealand home for my Scottish one. Where did that week go? Well apart from spending about 30 hours in the air and what seemed like the same amount in airports I spent a lovely few days with a friend in Glasgow catching up and having a rest. I'm fortunate in not suffering from the ill effects of jet lag and, on this occasion, despite sitting next to a couple snorting and spluttering with cold (there would appear to be cultures where the handkerchief is considered bad manners but spreading germs isn't) on the leg from Auckland to Brisbane I haven't got a cold either.
A bonus is that David and Molly arrived last night. I'm sure there will be photos for Molly's adoring public. David is good company because there are lots of jobs to be done and David loves doing jobs! It must be something about the name because Pat's Dave has been keeping my grass cut. Thanks Dave! Gaz arrived back on the Island the day before me for a short break. So that'll be more catching up.
Anyway I thought that I'd let you know that I have arrived and that this is going to be a busy and wonderful week.
* There seems to be considerable debate as to its origin and a trawl of the different dictionaries this morning would seem to indicate anything from Greek through Scandinavian and Norse to Middle English.