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The wanderer returns to Muscat

May 19, 2013
Well Bloglets, I’ve had a busy couple of weeks galavanting and now thankfully I am back in Muscat and trying to get back into my usual routine. Don’t ask me what my usual routine is, it mostly consists of being lazy but maybe I’ll blog about the day in the life of a house wife another day.

My latest adventure took me back home to the shores of “home” in Bonnie Scotland. It was a somewhat spontaneous journey as I didn’t even have any flights booked until a couple of days before I left, this is not in my nature at all – I just love to plan things! My reason for a trip home was to sort some things out with our house back in the UK which kept me busy for most of my trip there.

The weather treated me well and most days were dry with some sunshine. It was nice to get away from the intense heat of the Middle East for a couple of weeks.

Things in the house took up almost every day of my trip home but I managed to fit in some visiting where possible, sacrificing sleeping and resting but at least I managed to get some fun in along the way. I’m lucky to have helpful inlaws who had already completed some chores for me which made life that bit easier.

A visit to see my family ended in me and Graham taking his mini motorbike out for a spin. He has had this thing since he was about 14 and we were surprised that it even still worked!

The view of Bennachie from my parents home was a welcome sight for sore, traveled eyes. It was so nice to see green grass & fields again instead of sand and rock!

I got to see my Dad again as the last time we saw each other was August before I left as he was travelling out to Houston for work. He was one of many people I didn’t manage to catch a picture which I regret, Linda your another one I forgot. We were too busy gossiping as usual I totally forgot!

My second other main reason for making the trip home was to see my beautiful new nephew, Max. On my last trip home in February I was lucky enough to attend Samantha’s baby shower, she is my oldest friend so I couldn’t miss it. I hadn’t planned to be home again until August meaning that he would be 4 months old before I met him so I was over the moon to get to see him at 4 weeks old. Being so far away from your friend when she has her first baby is a tough thing and I wished I could have been with her.

Beautiful baby Max <3

Me and Kay managed to find a dinosaur in Aberdeen! And even have a fish & chip supper mmmmm, thanks Kay! 🙂

Abby and I managed to find the bottom of a bottle of Grey Goose! It was so nice to see her as I hadn’t seen her since the week before I left home in August. It was just like old times and hopefully I will see her here in the not too distant future.

It was lovely to see my sister and her two twin boys, Ben and Adam. I took the boys for ice cream and some fun at the play park where me & Graham ended up hogging the slide.. Big kids!

Towards the end of the trip the weather changed with rain clouds and dark skies, this is the Scotland I remember! 

All in all it was a reasonably successful trip, I managed to get most of the things done that I set out to do and managed to fit in some visiting along the way.

Sadly time ran out too fast and I didn’t manage to see everyone or spend enough quality time with the people that I wanted to due to conflicting schedules and people having to work when I was free.  Hopefully they will understand that it’s not personal and I was sent home with a purpose, any free time I had was just a bonus. 

Now time to catch up on some sleep and acclimatize to the heat again..

Family Life

The Duncan’s brought the weather with them

October 20, 2012
On Wednesday we welcomed the arrival of two more Duncan’s to join in our adventures. My mother in law Karen, Colin’s Mom, and his son, Nathan, made the journey from Aberdeen to Muscat for a holiday and it seems they packed a bit of Scottish weather with them.

Thursday was their first proper day here and we started it nicely down at the beach in the sunshine…

But by the afternoon the sky started to get a bit darker and the thunder rumbles were beginning, surely it wasn’t going to rain?! 

The average rainfall for Muscat in a whole year is about 4 inches- well the heavens opened and we must have had close to 4 inches in just a short few hours.

Our street started to turn into a river! Because heavy rain is rare here there aren’t proper drainage systems like we have back home for the Scottish weather. Driving in the rain here is super dangerous as people don’t know to slow down for puddles on the road as they just don’t see it often enough.

Nathan loving life jumping in puddles..

The rain was pouring (strangely not that cold though), the thunder was cracking and the lighting was everywhere. I managed to catch one bolt in a picture but it doesn’t really do the weather justice. I was up on the roof with my camera like a proper nerd.

The good thing about a storm like this is that it clears the air of the humidity and the next morning everything feels better, although a little messy.

This was just after sunrise the following morning and back to beautiful sunshine 🙂

Hopefully that is the last dose of Scottish weather and we don’t see anymore! Although the break from the sunshine is welcomed now and again, the sunshine gets pretty intense.


Something I must add…. While waiting in the airport for our family to arrive we bumped into a famous face! 

Joanna Lumley OBE!
She was so lovely and took the time to chat to us. She told us that she is in Oman to make a new film.

The Duncan’s have alot on this week and I have frantically been taking photos of everything to blog about so expect some more blogs in the not too distant future.