Arriving back in Scotland after our Euro trip it was safe to say we were both utterly exhausted!! We had decided to postpone Vietnam for extra week giving us time to catch up with family and friends… and give my mum time to prepare a Christmas dinner!!!
Mum and dad took us up to New Lanark, home to a world heritage site and where the start of the River Clyde is located. You can also walk around the old cotton mills and take a walk up to see if you can spot some peregrine falcons which come to nest here. It is a really beautiful location, and one that I don’t ever remember visiting, we were also really lucky and were able to get a glimpse of a peregrine falcon in its nest. You might have to look closely at the picture but it is there!!
We took a trip up to Elie to try our hand at the Elie chain walk one of Scotland’s best kept secrets! The day we had decided to go up the mist and fog was crazy, I have never seen anything like it… all the way from Glasgow right up to St Andrews the fog was so think you could only see about 20 meters in front of you! We arrived in Elie and walked across the golf course to the beach where the start of the chain walk was, only to realize when we were closer that it was high tide and a bit too dangerous to go on it with so much water crashing into the rocks.
We decided instead to head for St Andrews and have a go on the Himalayas,
which was over taken by grannies last time! For those who don’t know St Andrews is home to the world-famous golf course… however off to the side is a putting green full of hills (hence the name) and is a McKie family tradition to have a good old bit of competition!
This time we decided to play boys against girls…. A fair competition since Andy and I can’t hit a ball to save ourselves… it was also nice not to be the one that people fight over NOT to have in their team!! It was unbelievably cold and foggy with a nice wind to make things even harder to put. However in the end the best team won and mum and I walked away victorious!!
After a spot of lunch and a coffee we headed back to Eile in hope that the tide was now out and slightly less of a death trap! Luckily for us it was and we were able to have a go but not before some sun bathing on the beach of course!!
The Eile chain walk is actually a bit deceiving as it is not actually a ‘walk’ more of a scramble with a few climbs! The first part was actually slightly dodgy as the rock below was covered in slimy seaweed and my mum was so afraid I would fall down into the sea that she kept a strong grip on my trousers resulting in the biggest wedgie ever… thanks mum!!! The chain walk is great fun and involved massive chains bolted into the volcanic rock with foot holds in place so you can keep your grip and not fall into the freezing sea below. Parts of the chain you have to side step along the rock, while other parts involve you pulling yourself up or climbing down! We both had a great time despite the cold!
One of the things I had asked my mum to do before we got home was to get some food ready for us… the kind of food you could not get while I have been away including the two most important meals… Haggis and Christmas dinner! (I had not had Christmas dinner with my family for three years!) It may sound silly however it is the little things like home cooked meals that you miss while you live away especially my mums amazing Christmas dinner!! We had roast beef, turkey, roast potatoes cooked in goose fat, Yorkshire puddings and all the veggies to go with it! My mum had even gone the extra mile and kept her Christmas table-cloth and crackers … even better than I thought it would be!!
While we were home we although thought it would be the best time to have a mini engagement party since we really would not get one as we were moving away again the next week!! It was also a chance to catch up with the whole family, parents, granny, aunts and uncles! All of them!! It was a great night and was a really nice way to end our adventure back home!! Thank you to every one who made it!!!
With a very short trip home, which I even managed to fit in a concert to the Backstreet boys with Hannah in (I know embarrassing!!) It was time to move on once again!!
Bags packed we set off for the airport to our 5th country to call home… Vietnam!