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.
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.
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.
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.
Once we arrived back, it was just about time for a proper Scottish Christmas dinner.
And then, the very best surprise of the day…