I should really have written this post a few weeks ago but our trip back to Scotland left me with lots of mixed emotions so it’s taken me a while to sit down and type!
The word “Home” immediately makes me think of a safe place, secure, cared for and a sense of belonging so I wondered how I would feel visiting Edinburgh after 7 years. Initially I felt like a tourist in my home city – things were familiar yet different. I knew where things were (mostly) and I knew how to use the public transport system but at the same time I felt a bit lost. Catching up with long term friends was fantastic when they told me which bars were cool to go to these days!
I absolutely loved spending time with mum & dad – there isn’t a day goes by when I don’t wish we lived closer to them, not for my sake really its more about the kids. Every day with them was fantastic just watching the kids at ease in their house, running in and out of the garden and making the place their own. It felt like how it should be!
Watching the kids with cousins, aunts and uncles made me really see the family they don’t have in Australia – Ryan, Gary, Samantha, Alex, Ros, Pauline, Brian, Noah, Thomas, Gary, Laura, Aimee, Adam, Lynda, Hamish and Christina. Too many to name all but you were all wonderful with the kids and each has a moment captured in their journals.
We love our big cousin Ryan
The wonderful Stan Grierson!
Thinking I’m still young!
Platform 9 3/4 was definitely a hit!
All that said, we made a choice to follow Alan’s work so many years ago now and I am thankful too for the wonderful friends (and family – sisters!!) we have in Melbourne. I guess this is home for now!