Little late buuuut….Happy New Year, everyone!
We completely lied (okay, I completely lied!) on our last blog…and we came home for Christmas! It was a really hard surprise to keep from you all so we apologise for lying our butts off for months. But it was totally worth it just for my mum’s reaction alone! It was also nearly eight weeks ago so this blog is totally overdue!
I wrote our last blog from Ngatea on our last night in New Zealand before flying out of Auckland the next night. We navigated Auckland (not a fun place to drive) to get the rental car back and bussed it out to the airport for a short seven hour wait for our 1am flight…
We had fluffy kiwis at the ready so all the kids would like us when we got home!
We flew out of Auckland at 1am on November 30th, had a quick stopover in Singapore and arrived back in Heathrow, London at 3pm on November 30th just in time for rush hour. After nearly 30 hours of travelling by bus, plane and tube, we made it to Fiona and Brian (friends of my parents) and an awesome dinner!
After a few nights catching up on sleep and Brian being very strict about not going to bed too early, we ventured on to see my cousin, Angharad, and her husband, Jason. We finally met little Bronwen who really isn’t so little and she can say ‘Auntie Katy’. Yes, there were tears…from me. Just a couple of nights with them before flying back home to Scotland and an awesome welcome at Edinburgh airport from Emma and Maisie. Well…eventually from Maisie after we gave her a fuzzy kiwi and she warmed up to us!
At this point, most of our families and friends still didn’t know we were home. We surprised Ferg’s mum the same night we got home but not before scoffing down a fish supper from Anstruther! I mean…it’s been nearly two years!
Wednesday was the day of the biggest surprise. My brother and I had been planning for mooooonths! Fergus and I started out our morning with a wander down to the harbour in St Monans to watch the sun come up on our first morning at home. Now, wandering around St Monans is not the way to keep things secret in the East Neuk so, just in case word got out, we headed off to surprise some more people. We started with Snoots who was in bed with a chest infection. Then along to Crail to surprise the fishermen; Ferg’s dad, Bill, and his brother, Steven, who were keeping warm by the fire in the shed.
In the afternoon, Emma and Maisie drove us over to Broughty Ferry to hide out at my Auntie Lynn and Uncle Grant’s and have some dinner before the biggest surprise!!We had bought Mum and Dad tickets to see Scrooge at the Rep in Dundee and a pre-theatre dinner. I dropped off a card earlier that afternoon and had arranged for a bottle of Prosecco for the table, you know, just to keep up the pretence!
Then Ferg, Ross and I waited….and it was so worth it! Dad looked like he was having a heart attack while Mum screamed from the corner. The best reaction by far!
The first basket was our welcome home present from Billy and Emma and the second was our Scottish themed Christmas from my brother, Ross.
We spent December catching up with friends and family and generally just having a wonderful time!
Some photos from out and about Pittenweem harbour and Newark Castle in St Monans. The fishing boats in the harbour had Christmas lights up the masts. It was so pretty!
Since coming home, we have been living with Billy, Emma and Maisie but have managed to line up a wee flat just a couple of streets down and we move in next month. I’ve just started a new job and we spent this afternoon updating Ferg’s CV. He’s been doing odd jobs here and there.
It has been a bit weird coming home but our friends and family have been pure awesome helping us re-adjust to life here. Thank you to you all for your support and love; you have all been truly amazing!
Just some quick ‘thank you’s before I crack into the leftover gluhwein…
Thank you to Billy and Emma for letting us stay in their spare room for all this time while we get back on our feet.
Thank you to Brigitta for being one of the bestest pals I’ve ever met. I miss you dreadfully.
Thank you to Graham and Estelle for bringing two complete strangers into your home and making it feel like our home, too. Can’t wait to do the same when you get to Scotland!
Thank you to John, Betsy, Robin and Dorothy. Where do we even start with you guys?! Thank you for welcoming us into your homes and treating us like family, for looking after us and making us feel at home in New Zealand and for generally just being awesome!
The biggest thank you goes to Nic. Without your friendship, we never would have packed it all in and followed our dream; you are the reason we made it to New Zealand. You have taught us so much about life and love in the few years we have been friends. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Final one….thank you to everyone for reading our blog. It started as a way of keeping our family and friends up to date on our travels but quickly turned into a visual diary and a creative outlet for me. It has sometimes been frustrating (ask Fergus!) and time consuming and technically demanding but what an amazing way to look back on our wonderful memories. Thank you for following our adventure!
Speak soon, K xxx