I'm home. Let me repeat that so y'all will get a flavour of what these words mean to me.
I. am. home.
In the past, we've been away from home for longer spells: the first time we went to the U.S of A, we were away a whole month! So what was the difference this time? Why were we so relieved to get home? Oh, that's easy - all our kids weren't with us. My parents were with us, Calum Stewart was with us for the first half of the trip, and DR came for a long weekend, but we missed being together as a family.
Having said that, we were in such a beautiful place. It was just on the outskirts of Inverness, and I was able from time to time to come and sit on this bench ... on my own; with a book; listening to the sound of flowing water; in the sunshine.
In anyone's book, that is bliss.
The weather was gorgeous. For us Scots, it was HOT!
That is just the way I like it.
What is it about the sound of running water that allows all your troubles to flow downstream with the current?
On some occasions, I was joined down by the river by this fella, whose company is never unwelcome.
Despite the fact that he'd left his cache of weapons at home,
I was reassured that I was still being well protected.
Inverness is not like Ness. Here you're able to find broken branches, which will suffice when no other weapons are at ones disposal.
Yup, I was safe from all enemy attacks, and so could read in peace.
What would I do without my Personal Protector? :)