Monthly Archives: August 2014

scotland part 1

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Where do I begin, hundreds of holiday photos, which ones do I select to go with my blog posts? And you can never do justice to the photos, the experience is something else altogether. You have to be there in person to soak it all in! Let me just dive in and take it from there, yeah? Our first summer getaway was to Loch Awe, which is to the north west of Glasgow, Scotland. It took us a good many hours to get there by car, we made several stops in between. This was my first time to the Scottish Highlands, somehow my visits to Glasgow and Edinburgh in the past seemed pale compared to this wonderful trip.

Loch Awe is the third largest freshwater lake in Scotland, after Loch Ness and Loch Lomond (which we passed by on the way). It is certainly the longest, about 25 miles from top to bottom. We stayed in a forest lodge cabin about 200 yards from Loch Awe. My hubby wanted some peace and quiet, away from everyone and the hustle and bustle of life. We certainly got that there! All we could hear was the pitter patter of the rain, and oh boy, it did rain cats and dogs! We were well prepared however, I’m the sort who’s always checking the weather forecast. A bit obsessed with the weather like the rest of the Brits after living in England for almost 2 decades! I packed all our wellies (Wellington boots) and macs (rain coats), and that’s how we dressed throughout our 1 week stay there. Despite the not so bright weather, we still managed to have a very good time. We went for long walks, nature trails, loch cruise, castle tour, fly fishing and we had cream tea at an old manor hotel. I will try my best to blog about all these experiences!

Although there were about 50 cabins altogether at the site, they were set fairly apart so we hardly saw anyone. The locals were extremely friendly, always with a smile on their faces, ready to greet and assist you. The landscape was breathtaking, I fell in love with it instantly. Mountains, forests, waterfalls, streams, lochs, castles; beautiful countryside all around. To be honest with you, I wouldn’t mind moving there at all. But I shall have to change my blog’s name to ‘Greetings from Scotland’! I was a bit sad to leave Scotland at the end of our stay, but we had our Devon trip to look forward to so it wasn’t too bad. I’ve heard people say, you need another holiday after a holiday. Well, that’s what we did this year! Right, let me share some of my pictures with you now. This shall be my first Scotland series, watch out for my upcoming ones, more to come hopefully!!!

welcome to our forest lodge, well hidden and tucked away!

welcome to our forest lodge, well hidden and tucked away!

in our macs and wellies, studying site map by our lodge to plan our first walk

in our macs and wellies, studying site map by our lodge to plan our first walk

we walked by a stream

we walked by a stream

a quick pose with papa

a quick pose with papa

we ended going down some steps

we ended going down some steps

and found ourselves by the shores of Loch Awe

and found ourselves by the shores of Loch Awe

explored the cabin site, my 4 children enjoyed being out in the rain

explored the cabin site, my 4 children enjoyed being out in the rain

our enclosed garden, view of loch from our verandah

our enclosed garden, view of loch from our verandah

we slept peacefully in this 3 bedroom timber lodge, only sound was the calming rain

we slept peacefully in this 3 bedroom timber lodge, only sound was the calming rain

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my early bird at breakfast the next morning, stay tuned for our next outing!

 

 

farewell summer

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Greetings everyone! How are you all? I’m back home safely, Alhamdulillah, after 2 weeks of summer holidays in Scotland and Devon respectively. It’s been good, I’m well rested and full of vigour, ready for anything! 🙂 Summer getaways give us a break from our routine, providing us with time to reassess our lives and think about the positive changes we want to make. I love this newfound zest of energy, of wanting to do more of the things that really matter in life. Focus on what’s important and cull the rest! Life is too short really for anything else, don’t you think?

Anyway, enough blabbering, I will be back real soon to share some of my holiday experiences with you. Right now, it’s pretty hectic trying to get the family back into the swing of things. The season’s changing fast too, Autumn is pretty much here. It’s much cooler in the early mornings and evenings, and the winds are getting stronger each day. But I have my warm and sweet summer holiday memories to keep me smiling! Till next time folks, bye for now! Stay tuned yeah, will be right back with loads of pictures!

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me in Devon, Summer 2014

summer hols

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Greetings everyone! Hope all well with you! Now that Ramadan and Eid have been and gone, we are looking forward to spending the rest of our summer holidays away from home. I will update my blog once I get the chance to sit down properly in front of my computer again. Right now, it’s pretty hectic trying to sort everything out for our getaway. We shall be heading North first and then down South. Here’s a couple of Google images of where we’ll be heading, can you guess where they are? There’s only few weeks of Summer left now and we are trying to make the most of it! Hope to visit the rest of our relatives too whilst on the move, as we are still in the blessed month of Shawwal. Always strengthen those family ties, life’s too short to harbor grudges and ill feelings, don’t you think?

Also to mention my son and my 2nd daughter celebrate their birthdays this month, and my daughter’s birthday coincides with my 17th wedding anniversary. Which makes August my favourite month, so many joyous moments to look forward to! I would like to thank all those who have left encouraging words when I was feeling a bit low in Ramadan and Eid. Life goes on and I know those who love me would want me to be happy wherever I am! Take care everyone, will get back to you in a few weeks InshaAllah! Be good and stay happy! 🙂

Heading up North first

Heading up North first

Then down South we go!

Then down South we go!

 

 

nostalgic eid

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Greetings everyone! How was your Eid celebration? I’m certain those back in my homeland Malaysia have had a festive one. Mine was rather quiet as I mentioned in my previous post. Eid usually makes me rather melancholy, particularly when I recall how I lost my beloved dad on Eidul Fitri 2001. Yes, he passed away on Eid Day itself, just before noon. It was traumatic for all of us. He kept saying he wanted to go home on Eid Day and so he did. He was always the most happiest on Eid Day, it’s usually the highlight of the year for him. In a way I’m happy that he left this world to meet his Creator on this very blessed day.

Anyway, I would like to tell you about one of my dearest aunties in this post. She’s my late dad’s elder sister, the one who’s always there for her younger siblings. She’s bubbly and friendly, generous and kind. After my dad passed away, she phoned my mom every day without fail. She was always good at keeping in touch with everyone anyway. I miss her tremendously these days. She is still alive, but she’s no longer the same. She had a bad fall several years ago and suffered from a massive stroke. She’s now house bound, she needs assistance in moving around and has a 24/7 carer.

She’s also lost her memory partially, I was very sad the last time I met her because she could hardly recognise me. She speaks in the past tense, she recalls people and memories from before she had the stroke. The doctors are still helping her out, physically she has made amazing recovery for she could hardly move in the beginning. I shall keep praying for my auntie, I miss the good times with her. I also miss many of my other relatives, Eid makes me reminisce my growing up years with them back in Malaysia. Even though I’m so far away, they still enquire after me every time they contact my mom. The usual question is when will she be returning next?

Inshallah (God Willing), I will be home again when the time is right. In the meantime, I pray the best for all my relatives back home, the lovely memories we’ve shared shall always remain with me. I feel sad to hear of my uncles and aunties suffering from an illness or another, I have lost them one by one over the past decade or so. I am grateful to several of my cousins who are good at keeping in touch with me, when the older generation are all gone, we are the ones left behind to continue the family ties. In this day and age, many of the younger generation do not bother so much anymore. My relatives remind me of who I used to be, they are part of who I am. As much as possible, I want them to remain part of me forever. Let not the distance be a hindrance.

my final eid with my beloved dad

my final eid with my beloved dad

my beloved auntie with my son before her stroke

my beloved auntie with my son before her stroke

my auntie after her stroke

my auntie after her stroke, the light has gone out of her

Nostalgic Eid song…one of my favourites…