New Zealand 2014

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Below are some pictures of our most recent trip to NZ in April-May (Instagram):

 

 

And some camera shots from my Dad’s birthday (I also photographed our wedding venue, but you’re not getting to see that!):

 

 

 

Pity I didn’t use the camera a bit more – I think I was just enjoying it, without trying too hard to capture it.

 

Under 9 months to go til we go back!

 

 

…xxx

swhite

 

 

 

[500th post on the blog!]

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1 year to go.

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us scotland love kat dave

 

All going to plan (we’re not 100% locking in the date until we see the venue in a few weeks!)… in 1 year from today we’ll be gettin’ hitched.

 

Yay!

 

 

…xxx

swhite

6 years ago today.

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6 years ago today I went for a drink with a man I was just starting to know.  He had floppy hair and a lot of 90s t-shirts, baggy jeans and an inexplicable love for cricket.

 

 

He has become the most important person in my day, the best part of my life. He is my support, my comfort, my home. He makes me laugh when I really don’t think I can, stops me crying when I feel like I can’t stop. He stands behind my decisions, laughs at my mistakes, teases me relentlessly.

 

 

He loves me for me. Pushes me when I need to be pushed, listens when I just want to rant.

 

 

He is my best friend in this world, and I can’t imagine being without him.

 

 

I am so proud of his accomplishments and of the life we are building together. I can’t wait to be his wife.

 

 

…xxx

siggrey

Playing tour guide Pt. 2 (bridges and boats)

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One evening when my parents were here, we returned to South Queensferry so that they could see the rail bridge with the lights on. It’s pretty.

Unfortunately, in summer, the sun goes down in the middle of the night (close to 11pm), and so we waited and waited and waited and it just didn’t happen. Ah well, next time! The photos are pretty though.

 

 

I also took them on a drive to Anstruther for their famous fish and chips. It was a lot further than I remembered. On the way we stopped in Culross (the palace was closed but it’s still nice to photograph from the outside):

 

 

And then after dinner at Anstruther, we had a wander around by the boats after dinner.

 

 

Other events included a lovely dinner at The Witchery, a fancy restaurant up by the castle…

 

 

And Falkirk Wheel, of course. It’s become a staple visit.

 

 

It always impresses!

 

 

…xxx

siggrey

Playing tour guide Pt. 1 (and squirrel friends!)

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As I said in my last post, I owe you some pictures/tales from my parents’ visit in the summer time.  We had a very nice time, though as always, wrangling family and not having a lot of down time can be quite high stress. It was however so lovely to host, to cook, to drive, to show, to take pride in this place that we live and the home that we’d built.

 

 

As well as South Queensferry (above), we spent some time at Culzean Castle and at New Lanark, which is a heritage village (which was closed, but still nice to walk around).

 

 

We also had an afternoon in the Royal Botanic Gardens, where something magical happened.

Now.

You may be aware that I like squirrels. I didn’t grow up seeing them, and despite the greys being pests and making the reds endangered, I still really like them. And the Botanics are full of them.

 

 

I was excited to see them at all, to be honest. But then we realised there was a woman feeding them.

 

 

This little guy was pretty friendly.

 

 

And then the lady gave us peanuts. And I got to do something amazing.

I dropped one and he came to grab it.

 

 

The lady kindly pointed out one of the squirrels who was “particularly friendly”. And so I lay down and held out a peanut (as did Dave)…

 

 

And then my wee friend was gone.  Dave has a video of me squealing. It’s very childish. But it made me so happy.

 

Thank you, squirrel friends. More pics from their trip to come on Monday.  Have a great weekend!

 

…xxx

siggrey

2 hours in Paris/photos from France

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I am feeling oddly positive today, for a Monday.

 

 

I realised just earlier that despite meaning to, I hadn’t ever caught you all up on Paris and the Scottish part of my trip with my folks earlier this year.

 

 

To sum up our 2 hours in Paris: rushed. We literally just took the metro to the Eiffel Tower, took pictures, ate a bit of food, wandered over the bridge and back, and then got the metro back to the airport. Not a lot!

So there are the 3 pictures I took in Paris. I’ll post about Edinburgh/Scottish adventures tomorrow. And below is a selection of pictures I took on my camera on the canal trip.

 

 

…xxx

siggrey