If you are wondering why things have been quiet here at Evenlodesfriend lately, its because I am soaking up the sun in Scotland while attending the Islay Whisky Festival. Now, I don’t drink, but Husband’s ‘on the side’ business is in whisky, so its a bit of a work ‘jolly’.
Nevertheless, here I am on this beautiful island with a bunch of friends and a toddler, staying in a little house on the beach. The weather is distinctly Un-Scottish. In other words, 22 degrees most days, and lots of sun (and resulting sunburn). The midges love it, but so do I.
One of the things that strikes me about being on holiday is the tendency to carry on the drive to stay busy that we bring with us. I’ve been feeling a bit ‘If its Tuesday, it must be Caol Ila’, if you know what I mean. We have been filling up the time with rushing around, doing the sights, and whilst this is to expected with a different distillery putting on events every day, there comes a point when you have to say:
I am on holiday and I want to stay still.
Even if its just for one day.
With a two-year-old in tow, its hard to make time to be still, but nap times help. While she’s asleep, we can journal, draw, write, read, stare into space, go for a quick walk along the strand, or just doze. Even so its easy to get sucked into the OUGHTS and SHOULDS when you only have a week to get around and see all the wonderful sights this island has to offer.
I have been rediscovering drawing and photography. There is lots to take pictures of here, from the rock formations on the beach to the bleak mountains.
But today, I am staying still. I am sitting on the bed with my laptop, staring out over the bay through the window. From here I can see across Loch Indaal to Bowmore, where the distillery makes a solid white edge to the water, its name painted in huge black letters on the whitewashed sea wall of the bonded warehouse. The sky is bright, the cloud high, and cows are ambling along the water’s edge. I find it hard to write when I am away from home, but of all the places I could be, this seems pretty good right now. And after all, I am on holiday…
If you are interested in knowing more about our whisky adventures, you can read about it all here.
(I’d upload dozens of fabulous photos of Islay here, but the broadband is iffy so I shall save that for another post.)