Lewis and Harris Part Four
As you will have gathered from my series of blog articles on our 2012 holiday we had a fantastic holiday in Lewis and Harris which in many ways was life changing as it awakened in all of us a sense of being creative beings as is outlined in my husband’s recent blog post http://andydrane.wordpress.com/ and my last blog post https://fionadranesblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/the-fascinating-yet-black-and-grey-island-of-lewis/.
One thing that did not match expectations was the house that we stayed in. There were many issues that we had with it not least it was not the cleanest place we have ever stayed in. I have learnt in life though that life is what you make of it. We could have spent the holiday moaning about it or we could as we did get on with it and enjoy our holiday .
A bug bearer apart from the complete let down that the cottage was not what we’d envisaged was that we were on an electricity meter! I have terrible memories of an electricity meter when sharing a flat as a student. We frequently used to run out of electricity and would come home and be unable to cook or wake up and the meter would have run dry. And I hated it and vowed when I left that flat I would never ever have an electricity meter again!
I haven’t untill this years holiday and I stared at the meter in the hall with great dismay and spent the first 24 hours watching the meter rapidly go down at what seemed like a great speed! As soon as I could on the monday morning I was off to the post office to get some more and boy did I moan some! But then it dawned on me that it was actually a good thing not just for me to remember again that electricity costs and that leaving items on such as lights in rooms with no occupants does actually cost money. However not only that but it was a great lesson for the kids who like me have been brought up thinking electricity is something that we just have on tap and leave Nintendo’s charging, lights on and the TV on. It suddenly brought home to them that this isn’t the case and they could see by the meter how much we were using daily.
Holidays Houses these days you expect to be as nice as home or even better we didn’t experience that this year yet in many ways I think it was good for us all. We learnt to value our resources and realise that we might not see it daily but we are daily spending money on heating and light. We sometimes take our homes for granted and its good to realise from time to time how lucky we are and just what our homes mean to us. Lessons in life came in all sorts of guises and its often the ones that are more of a challenge that you take the most from.