Almost a year.

13 Feb

So, it seems almost a year has gone by since that last post. That’s a fair amount of silence.

I can be forgiven as we didn’t even have internet for a long, long, long time. And even after it was finally installed I guess I was out of the blogging habit and busy with moving (and once again losing our connection for a while) and the festivities and such.

However, now we have internet again and the boxes are unpacked (almost) and I’ve reignited my relationship with google reader I thought why not get this space back up too? I’ve enjoyed re-reading all those previous posts. And even if this blog is *only* about what we did and ate when, that’s kind of what we are all about. A record of us for us but if you enjoy reading too that’s great.

So an update. A quick one.

Still on Skye. Now living in Ardvasar, which is my home town. I work here which is a bit of a departure from my previous line of employment but works brilliantly for now. Henrik continues working for his old company. Lachlan is at nursery and is mainly to be found up to mischief and completely deaf to all parental requests. It’s a stage, right? Will that do? Any questions?


We have landed!

19 Feb

DSCF4957, originally uploaded by gilmic.

Ok so perhaps we have been here for a while but our internet provider is taking its sweet time in getting us connected and it is not polite to spend all visits to your parents on the internet.

This picture, taken in snowier times, shows our house on the right. Thankfully it does not allow a glimpse inside where the interior still verges on the chaotic. We have managed a spot of painting and carpet fitting and its getting there….

We are enjoying the great outdoors and have been blessed by some great weather and a garden which includes a gruffalo cave and a huge chopped down tree which is standing in as a climbing frame.

I’m enrolled on a sewing class and have many grand plans of the dressmaking kind – we shall see. I’m also nearly employed in a couple of places; details to follow. Lachlan is making a name for himself on the playgroup circuit and still dodges jacket wearing. And Henrik has joined the badminton club, is threatening to do a marathon (oh, and sea swimming!) and is finding out all about the required drinking one has to partake in in a little community like ours 🙂

Plenty more to come and pictures too, I promise!


8 Dec

Kajsa, our beautiful girl, was stillborn on the 20th August 2009 at Stirling Royal Infirmary weighing 6lb 7oz and measuring 52cm. We have since learned that placental insufficiency was the cause. We are thankful to have answers but will always wish that we had no need for them.

I have swithered for a long time about if I should post anything here at all. But I feel its wrong not to give her a birth announcement on this our family blog and I want to continue adding to this place as our family continues to live life, all be it without her.


2 Aug

Nope there is no baby ‘news’. No 2. does not seem to be as impatient as their big brother was and seems to be quite happy serving its full sentance inside. In answer to the question ‘how are you?’ I usually answer ‘fine’ but more truthfully I am rather grumpy and impatient. I didn’t have to do any waiting last time around but others are even more restless than me although I’m not exactly sure what they’d like me to do about it…

Here is the bump, small but perfectly formed, and due to the recent growth scan we know its not a tiny baby in there, at exactly 39weeks.

39 (1)

39 (2)

We haven’t been sitting around just waiting either. Henrik’s birthday was last week and we welcomed Moose Jnr the goldfish, Rip, Rap and Rup the little tetras and Smeagol the snail into the family. Birthday beer tasting was undertaken at the Bridge of Allan brewery, we had a lovely lunch and Henrik even got a quiet hour to himself at the driving range.  And of course there was the obligitory ‘happy cake’ or cakes in this case.


Photographic proof here that Lachlan had been doing a little taste testing before the singing and candles!

Yesterday we enjoyed a day out at the Safari Park with our NCT buddies to wish the best to a couple who are off to experience island life.  Mum and Dad popped down for the weekend too ‘just in case’ but are now away back up the A9 with still just the one grandchild and I guess with their fingers crossed that they are not going to get called back mid journey 🙂 The other new thing in our lives is our ‘wee bus’ as Lachlan has christened it, a rather nifty Mazda 5 which has room galore for us all. I have yet to drive it but am hoping that its size and power dont overcome me!

Away to wait somemore…..

PS Spent the afternoon uploading to flickr so head on over for a full photographic roundup of Lachlan’s birthday and some recent days/trips.


16 Jul

Hello my ever patient reading audience of five or so. We are still here if a little rough and frayed around the edges. Well that would be me 🙂 At 36+ weeks perhaps I’m getting a bit impatient and still don’t seem to have grasped what I should and shouldn’t be doing…e.g. bus to park with a 10minute walk tagged on the end fine deciding after active play supervision (including hill scrambling!) to walk the 2 1/2 miles home NOT so wise! The big boy is his usual energiser bunny self even with a pulled leg muscle (who said running was good for you?) and the wee one is a joy or a cranky so-and-so depending on what time he decides to get out of bed in the morning. We just had a great weekend on Skye made even more fine by the tropical weather we were treated to. I was just relieved to get up and down the road without going into early labour as I wasn’t too keen on a roadside delivery. Must dash for now as Lachlan and I are off to a ‘Brainy Bairns’ summer club just hope they don’t expect the mothers to be too bright! Shall leave you with this wee video which is the reason for the title – someone in this household is not camera shy…. (Sorry tried to embed it but it wont let me – you’ll just have to click)


3 Jul

Being two:


One operates on a first name basis with parents. Calls of ‘Henrik!’ are heard quite frequently in this house (…wonder where he gets that from?)

Catchphrases are acquired: “no(t) bad”

Blind acceptance is no more: “no thanks…”

Favourite bedtime reading is decided upon. Text to ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ – I know it.

Full extent of ‘outside’ is realised. Shoes are demanded frequently. Door handles are hung off if requests to go out are refused.

Daredevil qualities tested. Be still a mothers beating heart!

Welcome little person.


21 Jun

We have been busy, busy, busy lately with birthday things and not so happy things but we can’t deny you a glimpse of the boys birthday. So a small selection of photos:


Birthday train set.

tractor t

Tractor t-shirt.


Lachlan’s favourite ‘exhibition’ at the Transport Museum

pc plum

“I will get on PC Plums bike!” (despite the barriers….)


Cake N0. 1

tractor cake

Party cake (mamma very proud that it actually looked like a tractor!)


Jump! @ Briarlands (party venue)

All the other pictures will be uploaded at some point but we have a full house this week and Lachlan has us all in training for future baby sleep deprivation.

PS: Here is a pic of the lovely bits I got from Izzi at Green Parent for the summer craft swap:


And heres the ugly fellow I made for my swap partner….