Yay for sunny Autumn walks! I’ve been feeling quite energetic the past couple days so I decided to take Jasper for a lovely stroll along the Caledonian Canal today. Partially in the hopes that it would bring on labour, but also because I’ve missed our walks and I’ve wanted to walk along the canal for a long time now. Sadly baby did not decide to come out, but we had a thoroughly enjoyable walk past lots of beautiful trees with their colourful Autumnal leaves.
I picked up our furbaby from my Mum’s this afternoon. She very kindly has spent the last 10 days looking after him, despite being allergic to him! He wasn’t as excited to see me as I thought…I got the same greeting I get if I pop out to the shops for 5 minutes! It probably didn’t help that I bumped in to my old driving instructor and his dog when I arrived, so Jasper instantly got the scent of his dog and probably thought I’d been looking after another dog behind his back for the past 10 days…Probably not, but you never know!
Jasper and I fancied a change of scenery today. After a week with sickness, staring at my laptop doing photography courses and clearing out clothes for the charity, we wanted to go on a wee adventure! So we headed to Brimmond Hill to scope it out for potential portrait shoots. Depending what direction the wind’s coming from, it has potential! My cheeks were sore from how cold the wind was at the top, but Jasper was in his element! He loves having a new place to explore, and heather bushes to leap over! He looked cute beside these puddles so I asked him to sit for a photo…he wasn’t too chuffed about having to sit lopsided on some wet rocks.
Today was Iain’s last day on the island before heading back to work, and his first free afternoon of the week, having spent the last three and a bit days installing new internet to Eilean Fraoich Campsite (definitely worth checking out if you’re ever camping or touring the island with a Caravan or Campervan!). It was on one of Aalstje’s days off too so we were all able to go for lunch and a lovely stroll on round the Castle Grounds. Yay! We were not prepared for how warm it was and ended up carrying our jackets half way round. I spent the whole time swooning over how beautiful the castle grounds are, as usual, desperately wanting to arrange photo shoots in all the beautiful spots, and the others spent the whole time telling me to move here (Matthew would move up in a heartbeat)!
Jasper had a wonderful time, chasing his ball up hills, down hills, in to bushes, in to streams…and dropping his ball in to the river, resulting in Iain and Matthew clambering down on to rocks trying to catch it as it floats downstream. We’re very precious about our ChuckIt balls!
Happy 100th day of the year! I call this Wet Dog in the Daffies…he looks very happy to be on the lead and not allowed to run off and splash muddy water all over himself!
It was such a yucky day, I put off taking Jasper for his long walk, hoping it would brighten up, but of course it only got worse! So off we went, camera in its raincoat, to try find something pretty to take a photo of on this dull, damp day. I was trying to get a photo of the daffodils by the river, but then Jasper trotted in to shot, and I guess he is kinda cute, even when he’s a wet mop.
Like yesterday’s photo, this shot is very like an image I took earlier in the year. I’m just surprised at how much pink I was wearing today! And wanted to show you my lovely muddy feet as a result of taking Jasper to the park straight after church. If his ball is involved, he’s got no qualms about stomping all over you to try return or retrieve it. Well, let’s face it, he stomps all over you for many reasons, usually I’m happy to let him, if it’s for mud free snuggles!
Matthew and I had another trip to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital this morning, for our second attempt at a dating scan, to find out how far along Baby Macleod is. Our first scan, last Friday, was incredibly emotional; seeing Mini Mercleod moving around for the first time, but the little nugget was very stubborn and settled in to quite the snuggly position, making it difficult for the Sonographer to get proper measurements.
Firstly, my bladder was TOO FULL, so I had to go pee (calm down, everybody pees!). Then she asked me to jump up and down, to try get them moving, but that didn’t work, so she then sent us off to the cafe to have something sweet, but then, of course, my bladder was empty and that meant my bowels were in the way of the ultrasound (you’re welcome!).
So we were given an appointment for this morning to try again, and thankfully Matthew was able to get the morning off work. I drank some water and ate a Freddo bar before heading to the hospital (lucky baby!), but the little squid was still too keen for snuggles! This time the Sonographer got my to plant my feet on the bed, raise my hips and wiggle side to side. I didn’t realise ultrasounds included a morning workout each time! That didn’t do the trick (we have one snuggly baby, just like it’s Mama!) so next I tried lying on my side and it was quite funny seeing the little munchkin shift position, as if it had just rolled out of bed, ready to start the day! But then it just kicked back in it’s recliner, one hand in the mouth and the other behind their head. I hope it’s this chilled in 6 months time!
We got a much better selection of scan images this time round, and it was wonderful to see their little heart beating away again…now we just have to wait 8 weeks until next time!
But, enough about that! After our scan Matthew headed off to work and I headed down to Stonehaven for another wonderful afternoon with the beautiful blonde in the photo, and her family. It was such a lovely, warm, day! Perfect for a trip to the beach and a cheeky wee ice-cream. The oldies sat in the sunshine as the kids and the doggos ran free on the beach, throwing sticks and stones, and complaining about wet sandy feet. Classic beach trip! Jasper’s beautiful freshly groomed coat no longer smelt fresh and wonderful and instead smelt like smelly fish water. Haha, okay, it didn’t actually, thankfully. It’s a big relief to have his hair short again, making our upcoming trip to Lewis and all the beautiful beaches a lot more bearable with a dog!
I picked a good day to have a sofa day! It was so miserable outside today, and I wasn’t feeling great, so Jasper got two very short walks around the block. Poor little fella!
We took the car for a wee spin out to Crathes Castle this afternoon and took Jasper for a walk around the grounds. I always love this view of the castle! An almost identical image no doubt featured the last time I did this 365 project. This time however I took the photo through the gate, as the walled garden was shut, so that restricted me a little bit!
Jasper and I had a wee road trip to Lendrick Muir on Saturday to join the Youth Conference for the day. We pitstopped in Dundee to pick up Rachel, and my bonnet almost flew off as I attempted to fill up my screen wash in the wildest of winds!
It was great to catch up with friends and join in on a few of the Youth Conference activities. Jasper had to spend most of the day in the car and he was an absolute trooper! We took him out for a good run around the grounds of Lendrick Muir, and many of his fans finally got to meet him after a year of seeing Instragram pictures of him!
I forced these two beauties to pose for a photo whilst out on our walk, in the bitter cold. They look surprisingly happy about it!