Some of you know about Betty, my wee microcamper. She is my cute little personal space that I can take anywhere I go.
It has been a dream of mine for a long time to have a campervan. And while I would absolutely adore a bigger van, wee Betty is perfect for our adventures just now.
Before the Christmas crazy starts at work, I always like to take a long weekend in November just to stop, rest and take a minute. And because I have Betty now, this is the first year that I have been able to get away, even if it is just for one night.
So, here we are, parked up in the woods in the Cairngorms National Park beside Loch Morlich.
This place is very special to me. I have lovely memories of Islay and my old boy, Hamish, pottering and snuffling around here on the beach. One of my favourite pictures of Hamish was taken here. It was a cold, blustery day and he was cosy in his buggy. I miss him and think about him every single day.
I have heard of certain places in Scotland described as being “thin places” where people feel a stronger connection between heaven and earth; where they feel closer to their faith, or their spirituality or where they feel grounded and in connection with the earth.
Now, I am not here to get into a discussion about whether or not heaven exists, but I do believe that there are places that have a certain energy and resonance and for me, this is one of those places.
So, while I sit here in my cosy wee van with Islay and Dora, fairy lights on, playing some relaxing music, no telly, no phone, I can be still, be present……. and just breathe.