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Day 293
Settings – ISO 400, 63mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

I had a slight hormonal meltdown this morning, resulting in lots of tears…I felt incredibly silly at the time, but afterwards I felt wonderful!

It’s okay to cry, because sometimes you bottle things up for too long and you just need to let it out, and the weight off your mind afterwards is great. It’s been quite a crazy few months for us, moving cities very quickly, Matthew starting a new job, trying to sell our flat, moving in with Matthew’s parents, coming to the end of my pregnancy and being so sure Baby Mac was coming early but now being very overdue! There is a lot going on in my mind, but at the same time, I’m just sitting, waiting for Baby Mac to arrive and turn our world upside down even more. Haha.

However, these are all wonderful things to experience! There have been times I’ve felt like crying over the weeks, but I really didn’t want to come across as ungrateful, as we are incredibly fortunate to be living the life we are living. We are surrounded by great support, and God willing we will be snuggling our first baby by the end of the week. But, again, it’s okay to cry! Because hormones, and emotions, can’t always be controlled, and sometimes you just need to let it out! Just try to rationalise those emotions, because a lot of the time things really aren’t as bad as you think they are, it’s all just piled up and overwhelming your mind. Does that make sense?

Post meltdown Matthew and I headed out for a beautiful Autumnal drive to Cromarty, took a stroll around the adorable village that we fall in love with every time we visit, enjoyed coffee and tasty treats in Coupers Creek, and breathed in the delicious sea air. I put a phone snap almost identical to this on Instagram last year, but I just love this view, and it’s different every season, so I couldn’t resist taking a photo for the blog. We’ll need to go back with Baby Mac when the snow comes…that’ll be a fun drive!

Day 292|365

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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 279|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 70mm, f4.5, 1/800sec

Another sunny day, another lovely dog walk! We met friends for coffee and cake up at Culloden Battlefield, as I recently discovered that Bad Girl Bakery supplies their cakes! This was actually my second time there this week! The first visit certainly wasn’t dog walking weather though, unless you were wearing a fully waterproof hooded onesie and wellies, which I was not.

Matthew and I have been watching Outlander on Amazon Prime since we moved up. I’m quite ashamed to say I had no idea how significant the Battle of Culloden was…Matthew has told me facts about it throughout our time together, but it wasn’t until we started watching Outlander that I realised how big a deal it was…Oops. I really need to get the history books out!

Day 271|365

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Settings – ISO 160, 50mm, f2.0, 1/250sec

Mum and I headed out to Beauly for a delicious lunch at Corner on the Square. I loved that they had a sign up saying “No, we don’t have WIFI, talk to each other”. We need a bit more of that these days! It was great to catch up with Mumsy, and weird to think that the next time we do that, God willing, there will be a squishy little baby in the pram beside us, or snuggled in our arms.

We popped in to a couple of shops after lunch. This photo was taken in the Old School Beauly, it’s like Aladdin’s cave; lots of different rooms filled with beautiful things. Once I start earning some pennies again, I look forward to spending some of them there!

Day 268|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 63mm, f22, 1/6sec

It was a tad windy today…I went outside for a grant total of about 4 minutes, to take some photos of the swooshing trees. The rest of the day was spent pottering about the house doing various bits n bobs, enjoying being sheltered from the wild weather, and probably eating far too many tasty treats.

Day 265|365

Day 265
Settings – ISO 320, 35mm, f2.8, 1/250sec

Today normal services resumed; my pains disappeared and there was no sign of Baby Mac making an appearance, so we ran a few errands, one of which is my favourite thing these days! Scan as you shop in Tesco! So. Much. Fun. You can tell Matthew feels the same.

In the evening we hung out with some friends, which involved many laughs and some pineapple…both good things which could potentially bring on labour, heh heh heh.

Sadly not.

Day 244|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 39mm, f2.8, 1/800sec

Calum and Maggie are away for the weekend, and Matthew headed off to Edinburgh today for his first Youth Conference Committee meeting, so Bindi had the pleasure of spending the day with Jasper and me!

We headed round to the Morrison’s in the afternoon and took a road trip up to Falls of Shin to see the salmon jumping, and have a scrumptious piece of cake and a coffee in their cafe. Elsie was super excited that Bindi was coming along for the adventure! She loves her, probably because she’s so calm and fluffy and is like a little Ewok Princess dog. Bindi may look a bit grumpy, but she was having a great time, I assure you…Perhaps not when she was stuck in the boot with the top Canine Wrestlers of the world, Darcy and Jasper, but she enjoyed her walk and snuggles, and we made sure the other two saved their wrestling match for the back garden.

Day 178|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.0, 1/5000sec

After a scorcher of a day Matthew was quite disappointed when he headed home from work and saw the harr rolling in, having had plans to go somewhere for dinner and sit outside. I suggested heading to Stonehaven for fish n chips in the hopes that the harr wasn’t going all the way down the coast and it was still deliciously warm there…unfortunately I was only half right. The harr was all around Stonehaven, causing the temperature to drop, but the sun was still shining down on the lovely wee village. We got our chips, and sat in the car, reminiscing about our terrible second date…the one where we got stranded in Stonehaven for 8 hours because Matthew’s car broke down, which was hilarious at first, but then the temperature dropped and the banter lessened…we finally got rescued by the AA and went home worrying that there wouldn’t be a third date…but the following day we spoke and reassured the other that we were keen for a third adventure, and here we are!

But, enough about that, let’s get on to the issue that a seagull tried to steal my dinner! Before we got in the car I decided to get my blog photo, balanced my box on the fence beside the beach, and lined up my shot…then got a fright when seagulls started swooping over me and one came down to try peck open my box! I only managed to get one photo, and boy am I glad I captured this hilarious moment (and that my balancing skills were on point)! Passers by were greatly amused. I swiftly picked up my box and headed for cover in the car.

Day 177|365

Day 177
Settings – ISO 200, 50mm, f2.0, 1/2000sec

Tonight we experienced Opera in the Park for the first time! La bohéme was brought to us by BP Big Screens and the Royal Opera House. Mum messaged last week to ask if we fancied going along and we were keen, if the weather was nice. I confess, when the day came and the sun was slowly blocked out by harr I hoped she wouldn’t want to go anymore…but she’s a keen bean! So Matts and I plucked ourselves off the sofa, grabbed blankets, warm jackets and scarves, made a flask of hot choc, and headed along to the park with Mumsy. We could have just opened our windows and stayed in the flat, we live so close! But then we wouldn’t have had a clue what was going on…to be honest, there wasn’t a lot to the story line, it takes them so long to sing each line that there isn’t time for much of a storyline! *Cue Opera lovers tearing me apart* Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful to watch and listen to, and I liked that there was a lot of humour in the first half, and then a lot of emotion in the second half. It did turn out to be a really enjoyable evening! Albeit a little chilly.

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Day 132
Settings – ISO 100, 47mm, f2.8, 1/320sec

What a special day!! I love photographing weddings, they make me so happy, and when it’s a friend’s wedding it makes me even happier and feels incredibly special; knowing that they have found someone to love and cherish them for the rest of their lives. It’s a huge privilege being trusted to capture all the moments from the biggest day of a couples life so far.

Chris and Katherine are two incredibly loving people, with great concern for the wellbeing of others! I know that sometimes it’s just not possible to get round every single one of your wedding guests and helpers on the day, but Katherine made it her mission to try her best, not wanting to miss anyone out, making sure everyone knew how thankful she was that they were able to join them on the day. I almost had to tear her away so we still had time for formal portraits!

This was my first Edinburgh wedding with the reception in the city centre instead of the outskirts, and what a view it had! It was incredible being so close to the castle and watching the sunset light hit the side of it walls. A great backdrop for a few more portraits!