Scotland – Christmas Time

By Christmas Eve, Jodie, Nick’s girlfriend had arrived. We had sailed for a week with Nick and Jodie in September and we were thrilled to see her.

Susan, Gay’s sister, came soon after and the ladies started hatching ideas for Mary Lynn’s quest for the perfect Scottish sweater. Tim and Nick had other plans and despite an incredibly rainy day, they rented ebikes.

While they headed into the Cairngorms in the pouring rain, Mary Lynn, Susan and Gay had a delightful and dry day exploring the area and having a wonderful lunch of traditional Cullen Skink (Scottish Fish Soup) and tea.

The wettest, coldest mountain bike ride of Tim’s life, around Loch an Eilen. Yes, that is a trash bag that Nick is wearing.
Ringing in Castleairy Christmas

Once the boys returned, we had a sumptuous cheese fondue dinner. Gay II, Susan’s daughter/Nick’s cousin, arrived with her son Edson for the Christmas Eve feast.

Boo is not above getting dressed for the occasion
Branston, Jodie’s puppy, is wondering what in the world Boo has done.

Christmas morning dawned with smells of turkey, stuffing and cranberries wafting through the air. Gay, Nick’s Mom is an incredible chef and every meal was a feast. But before we got to dinner, first there were presents to open.

3 Stars Wars Socks and a free Grinch Stocking – Tim’s bargain on the streets of London came in handy on Christmas morning. Everyone made sure we had treats from Scotland.
Santa Nick on Christmas Morning
Gay Christie opens her gifts on Christmas morning.
A Deltaville Christmas ornament now hangs on the Christie family tree.
Nick hangs Tom Bradshaw’s oil painting of Cruinneag.

After Christmas presents had been opened, Tim and I took a quick walk with the dogs before dinner. We had a menagerie in the house, including Nick’s flat coat retrievers Yogi and Boo, Jodie’s chocolate lab Branston, and Gay II’s little Jack Russell Astin. We loved all the dogs, but we nearly stole Astin away.

A Christmas pre-dinner hike.
No one would dare challenge Astin for the stick.

Once we arrived back, it was just about time for a proper Scottish Christmas dinner.

Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings
Tim gets the turkey leg
Plum Pudding of course.

And then, the very best surprise of the day…

Engaged!! Nick asked Jodie to marry him on Christmas Day. We immediately got busy making plans for a Cruinneag wedding!!

Comments (2):

  1. Susan Guillotte

    October 26, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Mr. Bradshaw, I hope you don’t mind. After you sent your package at the post office, I told my husband about your description of Scotland. When we looked up the “Estate”, this came up and I told him that you indeed were my customer. You are right. This looks like a beautiful place and I will make a note that someday, we will visit to see what my 40% Scottish background looks like in person. My husband is a retired airline pilot so we can fly for free. Its just a matter of getting the time soon in retirement. Safe travels to you and your wife and hope your package arrives at its destination promptly. Thank you for sharing, Susan Guillotte, Urbanna Post Office

  2. Tim

    October 26, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Susan – Glad you found us! If you get a chance, go visit Kinguisse and all of northern Scotland as it is beautiful!

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