Written by Lee Ann Monat
Saturday, 11 August 2012 07:58
Bacon is always the highlight of my day...
I apologize for any undo panic this week when my website went down...I assure you, I am still here. ;) I simply don't go online as much and my domain name had expired without my knowledge due to a minor credit card snafu. All is back on track now...
I have so many blogs building up inside my head and yet am so busy that when I finally sit down my brain sometimes just fizzles and all I do is surf around a wee bit before calling it a day. This is what I wanted when I switched my life around, but I have to say I feel guilty at times because I do love writing and sharing on here. However, I am trying to eradicate guilt from my life...regret is maybe a better word.
It's been a difficult week. We had a lot of volunteers leave on Wednesday and the loss was felt quite sharply since I've been living and working with them for two months now. Yes, I have been here two months already!!! I can't believe it.
I am taking my time to mull over thoughts about parting and sharing space...so more to come on that.
Today is my (much needed) day off, and my first Saturday on Iona in a few weeks. I'm currently sitting outside at the Heritage Centre again. It's a wonderful place to sit and write when the weather is fine.
Last night I was at the Iona Olympics themed (fancy dress) disco until about 4:30am. I got into bed just when the sun began to rise. It's been a really long time since I've done anything like that!!! Today feels quiet and peaceful on my own. All in all, a good end to the week.
Last week I had a double day off (I love being here and wouldn't trade it for the world but I do miss having a 2 day weekend sometimes). I decided to take the opportunity of time and go visit Tobermory. Yes, I was fed up with Iona's beauty and had to escape...to another stunning locale...
Beautiful day for photos
I have so many photos that I think I will have to make some galleries at other times (another thing that holds me back with blogging is preparing the photos which takes time and energy).
I started the day with a full breakfast, as pictured in the opening image. It was divine!
The weather was outstanding. I couldn't have asked for better.
It was so wonderful to explore all on my own again. I'd forgotten how important it is to have some proper me time. I experimented a lot with my camera lens, too which was fun.
Walking through town
Couldn't ask for a better view
Oddly enough, the other thing that has been keeping me from writing is the constant sunshine. Not something I thought I'd have a problem with here in Scotland. I actually have a better tan than I've had back in the states due to all the walks and lying on the beach between kitchen shifts. I see daylight a lot more out here than in New York.
Now back to my Tobermory day...
I opted for the early ferry to make the day full (7:00am) and enjoyed a stunning bus ride across Mull. I had just enough time to buy a mixed fruit flapjack in Craignure before boarding the bus to Tobermory. I got a kick out of how laid back the trip was when the bus driver stopped at a garden shop to buy some dog food. A much different experience on the MTA, I assure you!
I also chose the latest bus to ferry combo on the way back so that I'd have plenty of wandering around time. I really enjoyed walking through some tree-lined areas and seeing all the gardens...over looking the water. It was one of those days when I marvel at how gorgeous every day life can be.
Taking the later bus meant that I had almost two hours to kill in Craignure on the way back, so I had a snack with some new crisps I had bought at the bakery in Tobermory. Eccentric crisps are becoming something of a habit...
Notice that they are "Perfect With a Pint of Ale"
Ending the day with a pint has become an "End of Day Off" tradition. I have a few hours yet today.
A Pint With a View
Time to Reflect
Waiting for the bus back home
Days off are so different to me now. When you truly enjoy your life,
time off becomes a rest rather than an escape. It's really really
refreshing and I am so grateful to have been shown the difference.