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The Scottish Highlands

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Highlights from our time in the Scottish Highlands…

  • The open road – a rare treat for us Guerns
  • Glimpses of Glasgow along the way
  • Driving the long way round Loch Lomond, just because
  • Spotting deer in the long grass
  • Car sing-alongs to entertain one frustrated little girl
  • Late night chippie dinners after a long journey
  • Taking Libby up her first mountain, Aonach Mor
  • Silly family antics in the cable car on the way down the mountain
  • Awesome local radio that plays just the right amount of 80′s music – lots!
  • Perfect reflections on peaceful Loch Linnhe
  • Taking a ferry across the loch, just to get a spot of lunch
  • Town centres that are smaller than Guernsey’s
  • Busking bagpipers who are about 10 years old
  • Clear views of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain
  • Exploring Fort William with a sleeping babe
  • The Husby’s homemade Mexican Lasagne
  • Walks through the forest to the squirrel enclosure
  • Wild foxgloves along the roadside
  • Highland cows called Hamish and St. Bernard dogs called Daisy


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Edinburgh & East Lothian

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Highlights of Edinburgh and East Lothian…

  • Taking Libby to visit her first city and second country!
  • Ample amounts of quality time with our dear friends from college
  • Libby’s first plane and train journeys
  • Hot chocolate and cake at The Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling dreamt up and penned some of the early Harry Potter books
  • Strolling through Princes Street Gardens
  • One epic castle and many a massive monument
  • Ambling our way up the Royal Mile
  • Finding interior design inspiration in a massive White Stuff store
  • Exploring boutiques on Victoria Street
  • Getting our fix of Pizza Hut for the year
  • Being chased by tartan painted sheep
  • Finally getting up close with that incredible breed of cow, the infamous “heilan’ coo”
  • Cute piglets called Frodo, Samwise, Merry & Pippin
  • Libby taking after her mama by loving on some donkeys
  • Awesome views from Calton Hill
  • Discovering a pretty graveyard on our way to wave at the Queen at Holyrood Palace
  • Coffee and Cake at the quirky Lovecrumbs
  • Choosing our very own tartan for the Girard clan
  • Random roadtrips through East Lothian
  • Pretty Portobello with it’s seaside promenande
  • Beating the Husby (twice) at Ticket to Ride!
  • Libby mastering the art of walking!


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{June Gratitudes}

For talented friends who make the most beautiful of gifts and the little lady that gets to wear them.

For talented friends that make the most beautiful of gifts and the precious new arrival that gets to wear them.

For the discovery of sand and the messes it makes.

For the discovery of sand and the messes it makes.

For an ample supply of banana bread and the simple beauty of succulent plants.

For an ample supply of banana bread and the quirky beauty of succulent plants.

For our lady-like girl who insists on elephant marching, even when visiting the manor house.

For our lady-like girl who insists on elephant marching, even when visiting the manor house.

For simple dens made by little hands.

For the simple joy of (not-so-secret) dens and the busy little hands that make them.

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during June, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?


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{Chocolate Chip Banana Bread}

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As it’s Father’s Day today I decided to treat both our Dads to some homemade banana bread. The recipe made two 2lb loaves and worked perfectly with the addition of some chocolate chips. I’m actually going to make this recipe again and soon! The smell of these scrumptious breads as they left the oven made me kinda sad to be giving them away! We paired our banana breads with a quirky little succulent plant and together they made sweet little Fathers Day gifts.

Recipe {HERE}.

Happy Fathers Day! What have you been baking this month?


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{May Gratitudes}

For historic castles with picturesque views that prove to be the most perfect of picnic locations.

For historic castles that prove to be the most perfect of picnic locations.

For baby girls becoming little girls and the start of the busy toddler years.

For baby girls becoming little girls and milestones that signify the start of the toddler years.

For successful rescue missions that result in the sweetest of gifts.

For successful rescue missions that result in the sweetest of gifts.

For 69 years of freedom and the memories that continue to live on.

For 69 years of freedom and the memories of islanders that continue to live on.

For bespoke outfits that journey the globe and the sweet love of godmothers.

For bespoke outfits that journey the globe and the sweet love of the godmothers who send them.

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during May, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?


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{Raspberry Coconut Oatmeal Bars}

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With two birthdays in our family this month my attention has been pretty preoccupied with these celebrations, so much so that I realised only this week that I was fast running out of time for this months bake off. I’m enjoying trying a new recipe each month and with only two days to go I have managed to squeeze in these sweet and simple oatmeal bars just in time.

This honestly is a super quick and easy recipe to put together, even with a toddler scampering around your ankles! I love the chewy texture of the bars and the sweet fresh flavour, perfect for the summer. I can see that these bars, like the Blueberry Breakfast Cake, will fast become a regular in our home.

Recipe {HERE}.

What have you been baking this month?


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27 Things I love About You… {A Birthday Tribute}

1. I love that you are a man of God and that I can share my walk of faith with you.

2. I love that you’re super confident – it’s was one of the first things that attracted me to you.

3. I love your servants heart and how you always bless me through so many acts of kind service.

4. I love that you always have your nose stuck in a book.

5. I love that you are a real sports fan and not just a fan of a team.

6. I love your honesty, it is so refreshing.

7. I love how much you love being a Daddy to our little girl.

8. I love it when you hold my hand.

9. I love that you can cook and do so often!

10. I love your open heart and adventurous spirit.

11. I love that you dance, and dance good!

12. I love how you get up early with Libby so that I can rest some more.

13. I love your rare personality type and skill set – the world needs more people like you!

14. I love that you can laugh at yourself.

15. I love exploring the world with you, you make the best travel companion.

16. I love that you can’t sneeze quietly.

17. I love how great you look in a suit.

18. I love your love of theology and how you seek to challenge yourself and others.

19. I love that you are open and generous with your words of love and affection towards us girls.

20. I love that you find it hard to spend money – I could learn a lot from you!

21. I love your legs – just saying!

22. I love that we can be geeky together – I feel another Doctor Who marathon coming on!

23. I love that we share the same values and goals in life, living with a common purpose.

24. I love that your love language is cake!

25. I love that you accept and love my many quirks – thanks for trying not to breathe my air!

26. I love when you read out loud to me.

27. I love that you are now the same age as me again!

A very happy twenty-something birthday to you lovely Husby! You bless me every day and I thank God for you.

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