With all our worldly belongings either in storage, a suitcase, a local charity store or the bin, we’ve journeyed up to Scotland to see the family again (and avoid living in an empty house).

We took the cats from Glasgow with us to Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands to see Michael Senior and Margaret. We got in a cold round of golf (2’C); the ground was frozen solid with a pretty white frost, putting was interesting….more bounce than roll! Too bad the balls blended in!  Not our greatest round, but still fun to be out on the course.

Brother Barry took us for a hike past the frozen emerald lake (An Lochan Uaine) and to our first bothy (a very basic shelter found in remote areas for anyone to shelter in – free!). The bothy tradition is that everyone who stays leaves something useful for the next person (food, map, a pot or pan).

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We continued out 1500 foot climb to the top of Meall a’ Bhuachaille (no… we don’t know how to pronounce it!) to see a gorgeous sunset.  It was -5’C and getting dark so we made a rapid decent getting back to the car just before dark.


We arrived back in Glasgow on time to collect Elaine from her fabulous trip to Australia and spend a few days with her.  The cats are settling in perfectly – they just love their grannie!

Pre-holiday shopping is now also complete! Special mention must go to Barry, who was unbelievably patient and knowledgeable helping Mike pick out his ski layers from an awesome Aviemore shop – Mountain Spirit. Additionally, our skis are being delivered on Tuesday to the very north of Washington state (USA), so we’ll drive across the border from Canada to collect them and be ready to hit the slopes on Wednesday! We can highly recommend Powder 7 in Colorado for ex-demo models and amazing customer service.

Next… On Sunday we get the train back to London, Monday we fly out, Tuesday we pick up skis and Wednesday we’ll be hitting the “pow” (powder snow, get with the lingo).

More to come from Canada!