Lots on this week, but not really much to report! Seems to be a bit of a theme these days, but I’ll try my best.
On Sunday morning I headed off to Glencoe to meet a pal who’s boyfriend was running the Glencoe Marathon. Madness!!!! Starting from the Red Squirrel Campsite, they have to run up to and over the Devil’s Staircase, in to Kinlochleven and then on to Fort William. I’d have great difficulty walking it never mind running. So well done the runners!
Anyhoo, after the runners had set off we went to the Glencoe Gathering as it was still fairly early. Fantastic breakfast menu and lovely staff here, so absolutely pop in if you get a second and you are up that way.
Marathon’s are quite long things so we also managed to go to Crafts and Things for a coffee. You absolutely need to go here too. Cracking wee gift shop where I managed to get ahead of the game with a few presents.
In case this has been too much writing, here’ s a photo of my soya flat white. It was lovely!
After my Glencoe trip, my folks picked me up and we headed off to Glasgow for my wee cousin’s birthday lunch. Now, if you want some entertainment please please take your folks on a day trip to Glasgow. In fact, no, TAKE MY PARENTS on a day trip to Glasgow. Some double act! My favourite part of the trip had to be when Craig and I were locking up the car in the multi-storey, ma and pa MacC went on ahead as they had to go to a shop. We sorted out our bags and made sure everything was locked away in the car etc and headed for the stairs. As soon as we opened the door to the stairwell, this disembodied voice rang out from nowhere and with a slight hint of panic and desperation shouted “Karen, Craig!!” It turns out mum and dad had gone down a locked fire escape and the door had been shut behind them so they were trapped! Talk about funny. I couldn’t let them out for laughing. I probably haven’t described it overly well, but it was hilarious. I eventually did let them out and we all went on our merry way.
This week’s recommendation for food has to be Zizzi’s. Between myself and Craig we are off dairy and wheat so finding a menu specifically for those things was amazing. The food was awesome.
Top tip this week is from Pedro – sometimes you just have to take your teddy to bed!!!
So the rest of the week passed in a flash and on Tuesday I had meetings galore for work. Two in Oban then I headed to Dunoon. Can someone tell me what Tuesday was all about?! It started off brilliant sunshine and by the end of my journey home I wished my car was actually Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, an obscene amount of rain must have fallen in only a few hours.
Now, this is where my ‘read the signs’ title comes in. I left Dunoon about 8pm and I floated and aquaplaned my way to the Inveraray turn off at Dalmally. I was super tired by this point and pretty much dreaming about jumping in to bed, well as much dreaming as you can do in a car without being asleep at the wheel that is. So I turned left to head to Loch Awe and came across a lot of cones and a huge ROAD CLOSED sign. I almost had a wee greet! Turns out Orchy Bridge and Bridge of Orchy are two totally different things! One isn’t even a place, it’s an actual bridge!! Luckily for me, a nice lorry driver came along and mentioned I could go round the back road at Stronmilchan. I have never heard such welcome words in all my life. Off I pootled down the back road and only ended up a few minutes later than I would’ve been. That was one detour I certainly didn’t want to take!!!
Now there’s another reason for my headline this week, read the signs. It’s all about the signs that we read from people and not just my ineptitude at reading road signs. Tuesday 10th of September was World Suicide Prevention Day. This cause can’t really be put in to a day however, and Martyn’s Monday Club work round the clock to make sure men and ladies have a safe and welcoming environment to chat and talk about their feelings and thoughts if they want to.
This is a cause close to a lot of people’s hearts – too many people in fact have felt the heart-wrenching effect of suicide. Our family is sadly no different.
So please take a moment to read the signs and if you are worried about someone (or yourself!!) then there are lots of places to get help. Martyn’s Monday Club and MMC Ladies group is a great place to start.
Click here for the link to the Samaritans website. It has all sorts of great information on the signs to look out for, not just in others but also if you think you aren’t coping yourself. It also tells you what to do and where to go for more advice.
My mum and 2 of her pals are taking part in the Bank of Scotland 10k on the 29th of September to raise funds for MMC and MMC ladies. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated already. I know there are lots of activities going on right now where folk are asking for money, but if anyone can spare a couple of pounds to add to the pot it would be much appreciated.
And that’s me!
Finishing on a bit of a serious note there, but it’s a serious subject.
So here’s a wee laugh.
This could be Pedro!
Poor Pedro, this week he has had a few different names. But that just means he's got character... barking at 2.45am isn't my idea of an ideal dog, but I wouldn't change him for the world. He'll no doubt feature in many more capers to come.
I hope everyone has a great week ahead!
Till next Thursday,
PS – I’ve just decided to leave this handy wee Amazon widget thing here so I don’t need to keep listing handy products throughout the blurb.