Hello, and happy February. I’m barely adjusted to the fact that we’re in a new year, let alone mid-way through the second month already. We’re leading a very full, but pretty satisfying, way of life at the moment……the weeks seem to whip by in a barely coordinated frenzy of children’s activities and events. But they seem to be happy and thriving and John and I are managing to cling on and pretty much keep everything heading in the right direction. I’ve always been a firm believer that the children shouldn’t do too much and should have quite a lot of down-time – but with four children, especially since the older ones are beginning to compete in a fairly serious way, we’re deinitely on the verge of not having us all at home together as much as I’d like.
So, days like today are very special. We are all at home today as it is half-term and, with perfect winter weather, we made the most of our day together by taking the children skiing. Skiing is one of my very favourite things but we haven’t been able to go since we had Islay and I subsequently stopped working. Even skiing at home in Scotland is pretty expensive – but as we really want the children to experience the joy of being out in the hills on skis my parents very kindly bought them second hand equipment for Christmas (Cairngorm Ski Club has a fantastic annual 2nd hand kit sale – a somewhat crazy but worthwhile event!). We headed south from the Black Isle towards the Cairngorms and pulled off down a small road near Tomatin – after a wee hunt around we found a perfect slope above the road. Deep powdery snow and beautiful views of the surrounding hills.
The children all did well – the snow depth helped keep their speed under control and made falling fun……….walking back uphill was hard work but they were great and kept at it. We were out for about 2 1/2 hours, I think that was enough given the amount of energy being expended. Tomorrow is forecast to rain – but if that proves wrong we’ll be back skiing again.
We’re all snugged up at home now, full of hot soup and fresh air. Fingers crossed we’ll manage another ski day or two before the end of the winter.
Hoping you’re cosied up too and enjoying your February.