First blog post

Was always a late starter LOL but I’m now learning how to blog.

I love walking/hiking/being outdoors, and want to log my adventures along the way. ย did I mention I run a free walking group on LOL – well I do and its called Edinburgh Walks and Random Events ๐Ÿ™‚ – may as well get a wee self promotion in there :-).

But beside me escaping outdoors and walking for my sanity – it will just be my ramblings on day to day life and living as an adoptive mum of 3 now teenage girls and life in general – help!!!!


If anyone ever reads this barring me enjoy LOL




Hate to say have so many to choose from.

Picture it a non runner with a non runner shape finally plucks up the courage ย – leaves the house at night in the dark to attempt to run – wearing all dark colours as was only attempting round the block and no roads to cross, and feeling pretty safe in the knowledge no one would see her or laugh at her. ย Well that was not the case by any means!!!

Visited bathroom before leaving – so am out the door happily attempting to jog or panting up the road more like when a car starts following me really slowly so I get nervous especially when it comes right up alongside – winds down the window – I hear a familiar voice ย (relief washes over me) ie my male neighbour from across the road – out jogging I see well done he says – but can I ask you a question – so I said ok – he said is there a reason you have half a roll of toilet paper trailing behind you like a banner and theres a whole ream of it coming out your front door and a wee bit up the road – or are you in training to be an Andrex Puppy? or maybe leaving a trail so you dont get lost?

Was mortified turns out after going to the loo and re-dressing so to speak – loo roll got caught in top of my leggings (clean stuff I have to point out LOL) I hadn;t noticed – and I had managed to trail a whole long length of it out my door and a wee bit up the street before it ripped off but still left me with a long piece floating behind me waving in the wind as I ran – was mortified and he never let me live it down for a week – for a few days after if he saw me when he was at his door he would have a loo roll beside him and wave it at me LOL and say don’t forget your banner in case you get lost.andrex 1

Yellow Labrador Retriever bitch pup, 10 weeks old, with toilet roll
Yellow Labrador Retriever bitch pup, 10 weeks old, with toilet roll

On the upside you get what you pay for that Andrex Loo roll is strong and better than the rest.



Wont as a matter of course advertise things in my blog – but this FREE online Worldwide MOOC that starts in September I think sounds great – and may be of interest to so many people no matter what you do, where you work, what type of community you work and live in.

There are so many places offering little taster sessions ย of this MOOC including my own work just to raise people’s curiosity – obviously being Scottish and living in Scotland I’ve been trying to get Scottish folk to have a look, but this is a totally universal MOOC and its completely FREE – so just thought I’l post it up in case people are curious to find out more.

Scotland has a special arrangement with the Global U.Lab team in that we had a dedicated space within the U.Lab course for Scottish specific learning content.

The first course took place in September 15 with over 900 people. There have been so many amazing stories of the impact it has had for so many people at individual, organisation, education and community levels.

Please note there is no commitment to sign up for the course, but we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to U.Lab and demonstrate which this MOOC is so fantastic and a great tool for everyone by hlding a little taster session.

So if you are curious why not come along for the morning on 30th June and see what its all about.

To book your place click the details below which will take you over to Eventbrite to register.

Many thanks


My Poem – The Day Before the rest of our lives

Been up since 4am cleaning and nesting like a mother hen.
I now stand silently contemplating now and then.
Re bedrooms pristine they are like new
Hardly used except by nieces and nephews.

What can I say this will no longer be the case.
Soon they will be our 3 gorgeous daughters place.
Tomorrow starts intros what can I say.
3 daughters we will have at the end of 10 days.

I now reflect on our travels to this point.
Where we have been and where we have gone.
The heartache the sorrows the happiness the glass.
I still can’t believe we are soon to be a family.

My head is all a tizz I’m scared I’m happy and perhaps a little batty.
My eyes they are weeping I still can’t believe we are here.
A journey into the unknown and challenges there will be.
Who knows what’s in store we will just have to see.

I am scared and anxious what will they think.
Will they hate us or love us I think I need a drink.

The day has come one that we never thought would be ours.
My heart so full we will finally be like others.

Now to my daughters these promises I make here today.
You are our lives from now and always.
We devote ourselves to you until our dying day.
We will love you protect you fight for you in every way.

We will do our best by you.
We will cherish and love you.
We will cry with you and scream with you.
The scary and hard times we will be the rock for you.
No matter what life throws at us we will be there.
Through good and bad and happy and sad.
My 3 gorgeous daughters we give our lives to you.I want to scream from the rooftops from my heart and my soul.
We thought this day would never be ours.
And so did many others.

The day before the rest of our lives.
Well what can I say our loving twosome will finally be 5…..


It’s funny how life moves so quickly in some instances – especially re my daughters – our 9  year anniversary is coming up from when we met them and promptly brought them home for ever.

My mother in law was round last night and brought round the poem I wrote the day before we met them as I couldn’t settle I was so nervous LOL I have to hold my head in shame as I had totally forgotten and when reading it – it was like it was all happening yesterday total full on flash back ๐Ÿ™‚ – now I’m no poet and would never claim to be but am proud of my poem – it even got published in a local adoption newsletter at the time – have to say reading it made me feel so emotional.

I’m new to all this blogging and not sure how long a blog really should be so forgive me but feel I want to post it up. ๐Ÿ™‚  It’s quite long LOL so doing it as another blog post. But what can I say the last 9 years have flown past ๐Ÿ™‚


Dont read this if your eating your breakfast LOL  – wake up get out of bed and promptly stand in cat sick in my bare feet – thanks Albi – so jumping and screaming like a raving lunatic  only to slip on the wooden floor and promptly stick my other foot right   in it too  –  so that will be my party trick done for the day then  ๐Ÿ™‚ – things can only get better!!! – can’t they? LoL