The reason for my non activity of late is that I am just back from a holiday in Lewis and Harris. My husband and I had been to Lewis for a short break a couple of years ago and always wanted to go back and we have for many years wanted to go to Harris. We watched the Castaway programme of 2000 and more recently have been avid watchers of an Island Parish set on the Isle of Barra close by. So it was a much-anticipated holiday and by the time it finally arrived a much – needed holiday.
Were our anticipations met? Well in the majority of cases more than met and exceeded as we were blown away with the beauty of both Lewis and Harris. Both of us felt it reached us in creative ways with me having lots of stories in my head and history and nature coming alive. And my husband writing poems with both of us taking far more photos than normal.
More importantly it was the ideal location for a family holiday. Our kids are now eight and eleven and at the stage they need to spread their wings a bit more but still want to spend time with us. It felt safe to allow them to take walks on the beach or paddle in the sea or go check out the neighbouring croft while at the same time we all explored the Islands together and shared our views of these fascinating islands.
And the weather? Well we didn’t get wall to wall sunshine. But we hardly saw rain and had five glorious sunny days with the sun making an appearance most days! Given what we have had in the Scottish Borders it was glorious.
So over the next few blog posts I hope to share our Lewis and Harris holiday islands of blue that will stay with me all winter and to which we hope to return next year.