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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!!

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