Day 8|365 – Jasper’s Debut

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He may look all sweet and innocent, but he’d just spent 15 minutes disobeying everything I said, and very nearly didn’t get his blog debut! Then I realised he wasn’t really doing anything wrong; he hadn’t been out for a proper walk yet, he’d just spent two hours at the groomers and then been freed from his lead in a big open space…of course he wasn’t going to sit and smile at the camera!

I really must start keeping treats in my pocket at all times! Although, I don’t think treats could even keep him away from a flirtatious chihuahua in heat! Thankfully his love for making new human friends meant we could grab him and pop him back on the lead before we had some Chi-Poo’s on our hands.

Once the coast was clear of cheeky Chihuahuas and speedy Spaniels we had another go at the photo shoot and this time it was much more successful *Insert heart eyes emoji here* Isn’t he adorable?!

So the moral of the story is never work with children or animals. Haha, just kidding. Just don’t expect them to sit and smile for a photo if they need to burn off some energy first!

Day 7|365 – Back to Reality

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It’s not pretty, but it’s life! Haha. We’ve unloaded the car, and I’m not ashamed to say it’s all going to sit there until tomorrow because right now, we’re relaxing on the sofa before we get back to reality tomorrow!

We were quite sad to be leaving Inverness today, putting it off for as long as possible, but it does feel good to be back, in our lovely wee home, with the dying Christmas tree, left over wrapping paper, and mouldy bottle of milk we forgot to put out before we left…

Tomorrow Matthew goes back to work, Jasper is booked in to the Groomers for a much needed haircut, and I’ll be making a plan for the year ahead.

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16: 3

Day 6|365 – Party, Party, Party!

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We managed to squeeze in one last hang out with the Morrison’s this afternoon. Yay! Elsie ran up to Matthew and asked if he’d like to play “The Make Up Game”, thinking this meant plastering make up all over his face he quickly said “Eh, eh…maybe Trina would like to play!”, but I said we’d both join in the fun. Turns out the game is actually called Party, Party, Party! What you have to do is collect five accessories, and one present, on your way round the board before you can go to the party. Very thrilling, and also quite tense, as there is risk of your bag falling over and dropping an accessory, or a friend calling you up and forcing you to remove an item from your bag. Serious stuff! Matthew actually ended up having loads of fun, despite being last to the party.

It was short but sweet, and we’ll hopefully be back North again soon for more of the same fun 🙂

Day 5|365

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We visited wonderful friends in the Black Isle tonight, there’s nothing better than  open and honest conversation, and doggy snuggles! This teenie, tiny, toot is Skye. We brought Jasper along, thinking they’d have a great time playing together, but he was slightly overwhelmed by Skye’s small but sassy nature, and it wasn’t until we got up to leave at 12:30am that he decided to start playing! Until then Skye snuggled on our laps, occasionally jumping down and hopping around Jasper, trying to get him to join in.

I feel a little bad that Jasper hasn’t featured on the blog yet…but don’t worry, I’m sure once we’re home, Matthew’s back to work and Jasper and I are back to our routine of afternoon walks in the park, he’s going to feature quite a lot!

I’m so happy we’ve been able to catch up with so many people this week! It’s been a wonderful start to our year, and I’m very excited to get back home and make plans for the year ahead.

Day 4 | 365 – Matthew Bakes

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Ladies and Gentlemen, my husband, Clootie Dumpling Extraordinaire, taking the first bite! For weeks he’s been wanting to make his Gran’s secret family recipe Duff, and to be completely honest it didn’t appeal to me one bit; I’m not a fan of fruit cake, or cake with a skin after 3 hours of boiling, so I didn’t share his enthusiasm. However, I’m not ashamed to admit, I was wrong. As long as I don’t look at the cake as a whole, and the skin is removed, it’s very delicious!

It was a tough call deciding what today’s photo was going to be, what with two incredibly exciting things happening in one day; Matthew’s first attempt at Duff, and my first attempt at Settlers of Catan! But of course I couldn’t pass up the chance to have Matthew on the blog with that apron on. So congratulations to Matthew for successfully carrying on the family tradition, we’re all very proud and perhaps this is the start of something wonderful…#matthewbakes.

 

Day 3 | 365

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We are definitely in holiday mode this week; we’ve been having late nights and very lazy mornings, and in Winter that doesn’t leave much time for daylight photo adventures. Thankfully we were visiting some of my family in the Black Isle and they are #FairyLightGoals for sure, they are the origin of my fairy light obsession, so it didn’t matter that we arrived after sunset as I could’ve spent all evening taking pictures of the lights throughout their home.

If we have any hopes of getting up and out before lunch time tomorrow I better upload this blog and get to sleep!

Day 2 | 365

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Today we had a wonderful catch up with Matthew’s sisters, Victoria and Emma. They’re not his sister’s by blood, but they grew up across the road and definitely played a huge part in making him the man he is today. So many people we love live in Inverness, and usually we’re only up for a weekend so it’s difficult to see everyone, but this time we’re here for a whole week and we’re fitting in as many people as we can!

We planned to go for lunch at Dores Inn, at the top of Loch Ness, then take Jasper for a walk along the beach, but as we sat eating our delicious meal we watched as the loch got choppier, the sky got darker and the rain came pouring down, so a post meal walk looked less and less likely. However, when we left the Inn the rain got lighter and we decided to brave the walk!

The sun was pretty much down by the time we were finished our meal so I had to bump my ISO up quite a bit. Usually I like to have bright and airy images, but this year I’ve decided to embrace the Scottish light and weather and I’ve kept the image true to life, with a dark and grainy look. I have to say I quite like it!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your New Year Break, and for those going back to work tomorrow…”You can do it!”

Catriona x

Day One – Let’s Do This!

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Welcome to my 365 Project. Hooray! Yipee! Clap, clap, clap! My name is Catriona Elizabeth Macleod, and the handsome chap beside me is the man that gave me that last name, my husband, Matthew. Those of you who’ve known me for a while will know I did this back in 2011 and it was great fun! I’ve just had a wee look back at the images and it’s wonderful to see all those memories. In some ways it feels like yesterday, but now my nephew is 7, I have a beautiful 5 year old niece, and an incredibly loving husband! A lot has happened in the past six years.

I’m excited for this new year that lies ahead, all the unkowns, the ups and no doubt the downs from time to time also, and the challenge of capturing a moment from each and every day…no matter how mundane, or how hectic! I hope this blog will be a very open and honest portrayal of life over the next year and I hope you’ll follow along as it progresses 🙂

Happy New Year!

Catriona x

P.S. Just so you know, I did take the photo above…thanks to a tripod, self timer and a patient husband.