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Settings – ISO 2000, 24mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

Who doesn’t love a Family Churros Platter?? Definitely not Fin! Elsie surprisingly wasn’t keen on them, but the rest of us got stuck in without hesitation, as you can see.

Another lovely afternoon with the fam, once again including plenty of walking (with a reward of tasty treats half way through!), but no arrival of Baby Mac. I’ve been told, light heartedly, of course, that I’m clearly not walking enough or I need to get climbing the stairs, bouncing on my ball or eating spicy curry, and everyone’s asking on a daily basis if there’s any news of Baby Mac. Believe me, I’m doing the best I can! If there was a button I could push to get them out, I’d have pushed it weeks ago! However, Baby Mac will come out when the Lord has planned for them to join us. We just need to wait patiently! And, we will let you know!! It is really wonderful to know so many people care, and are excitedly awaiting the arrival of our little bundle. They are already so dearly loved, clearly!

Day 241|365

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Settings – ISO 1250, 24mm, f2.8, 1/80sec

This is what it’s all about; getting the gang back together! Having fun evenings playing board games, telling Matthew off for not paying the kids when he lands on their property, telling Fin to pay attention so he notices when someone lands on his property, stopping the dogs from wrestling, fueling the kids with sweets before bedtime…it’s good to be together again, and able to do this every week!

This was a test shot, before putting the camera on a timer, but the two photos I took with me in them showed right up my dress, because I don’t remember to sit with my legs together these days, and I was too big and tired to be bothered getting up to try another photo! #reallife

Day 209|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.8, 1/640sec

How gorgeous are these two!? And how happy are we that the torrential rain and lightning storms took a break for their engagement party!? So so happy!

We had such a lovely afternoon/evening/night out at my aunt and uncles celebrating Sarah and Ollie’s engagement with family and friends. Delicious food made by my uncle, as always, and a fantastic playlist put together by Sarah & Ollie which I will be listening to on a regular basis. So crazy to think Baby Mac will be walking around at their wedding!

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.2, 1/1000sec

Today we went on a very adventurous car journey…having been reassured it was very safe and comfortable for pregnant ladies! Haha! Baby definitely didn’t get much sleep this afternoon, either that or come October we’re going to have to buy a Land Rover and take up off-roading to get it to sleep!

Zebra Safari took us along farm tracks surrounded by beautiful wild flower fields, up steep mountainsides with panoramic views of orange farms and lush green hills, through rivers and in to beautiful Portuguese villages. It had everything I wanted all in one day! There were even opportunities to swim under waterfalls and in river pools, but sadly bump and I didn’t feel like jumping in.

Here’s Matthew and his parents at our stop under the cork trees, with one of the jeeps in the background. You can see where the cork has been peeled away from the tree trunks. Pretty cool! I confess I had no clue that’s where cork came from.

Day 131|365

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Settings – ISO 4000, 50mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

Wowee, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do! This day feels like forever ago…

I headed down to Edinburgh on the train this afternoon to go to Chris and Katherine’s Wedding Rehearsal, and then photograph the Edinburgh Theological Seminary’s end of year Awards Ceremony.

This Happy Chappy is the Principal of ETS, the father of one of my oldest and best friends, our first minister when we moved to Aberdeen almost 20 years ago and when my Dad passed away in 2001. He married my sister and her husband 11 years ago and he married Matthew and I back in 2016. He’s been there for all the big occasions and definitely deserves a bit of limelight on the blog. Just look at that smile!

Day 112|365

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Settings – ISO 400, 50mm, f1.8, 1/160sec

My nephew, Finlay, munching on mini cheddars and engrossed in a film he said he didn’t want to watch. Classic 7 year old! Just look at those eyelashes *swoon* It’s crazy how much love you can have for your nieces and nephews! Fingers crossed Baby Macleod is as cute as they are!

Also, Matthew sneaking in the background there…think all this blog attention has gone to his head and he’s going to try sneak in as much as possible now…heh heh heh.

Day 95|365

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Settings – ISO 160, 50mm, f2.5, 1/3200sec

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!

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Day 94
Settings – ISO 160, 50mm, f2.5, 1/320sec

It’s so good having these guys in town for the week! Jasper had an appointment at the Groomers up in Cove at 12 o’clock so I dropped him off then headed down to the beach to join them for a game of bowling…which Sarah won, despite having to use her left hand because her right wrist is injured! Not only did she win, she got three strikes in a row. Bonkers! I rushed back up to Cove afterwards to collect Jasper, only to discover he wasn’t ready yet, because he was so matted it had taken the groomer longer to brush him out before clipping him *face palm* Here was me thinking I was doing a good job keeping on top of his brushing, apparently not! Think it might be time to start clipping him more regularly, and therefore clipping him myself; we already spend more money on his hair than we do on mine! Once he was done we headed to Duthie Park to meet this happy bunch for a cuppa, and more hugs! Jasper had to stay in the car because the cafe still isn’t dog friendly…

Day 93|365

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Settings – ISO 1250, 35mm (24-70mm), f2.8, 1/100sec

The Morrison’s are in town! Yay! We had fajita night at Mum’s and it was wonderful to sit around the dinner table and still have floods of natural light coming in the window. You’d think we’d be used to this by now, it happens every year, but every year we’re in amazement when the nights get longer! It was also wonderful to have the old gang back together, and being bombarded with hugs from the littles. I love love love hugs, and usually I’m the one forcing Fin to give me a hug, but he was just laying them on me all evening. Long may that continue! But it probably won’t.