I am absolutely delighted to tell all you lovely readers who have followed the Dafter’s journey over the past five years that…
… she passed both her Highers and even got an A in Higher Art!
Our happiness has been very deep, let me tell you. People say, “You must be so proud.” Yes I am – but even if she had not passed the courses, I would have been just as proud because I know that she gave her all, every step of the way. It’s a relief, though, that her hard work has been recognised. And to think she had never been well enough to sit a full exam until May! I am deeply grateful to her school for giving her such excellent support.
We’ve had a cool and quite wet summer with temperatures mostly in the 50s and 60s F / single digits C. But the garden seems very happy, and there are bees and also a few butterflies.
Today we’ve had a warm summer’s day, in the 70s F / 20s C. That is very nice. Of course, the schools have all just gone back! The Dafter was saying how every year the P1s, who are just starting school at age 4 or 5, seem even wee-er than the year before. (Is wee-er a word, or did we just make that up? A question for my Scottish readers.)
We managed to have another holiday on the Isle of Harris, which I will share with you once I get my many photos sorted. We had old friends staying with us at the cottage, and it was great to catch up. There was lots of happy laughter from the girls’ room! We had mostly pretty good weather, and the Dafter was able to walk a bit each day, which was excellent because she has struggled over the summer.
The only thing that has been less than wonderful for me is that on my marvellous outing to Arran I was in fact very badly bitten by midges on my scalp and neck where they got caught in my hair and munched themselves to death. I didn’t realise I’d been bitten at all for three full days! The midges on Arran must have special Slow Release venom. Over the past few weeks I have suffered severe pain (neuralgia of the trigeminal nerve), and also numbness. I wasn’t the best company on holiday insofar as several times a day, as the painkillers wore off, I could hardly move my head and practically had tears streaming down my face. However, it is finally clearing up, to my intense relief.
This coming year the Dafter is going to be doing Higher Gaelic. I hope that she will manage it – we’ll have to see. She’s looking forwards to getting back to Gaelic, which she did in primary school.
The nights are beginning to draw in, meaning that some nights we need to put the lights on as early as 9 pm. I always find that it’s in mid-August that the turn of the year begins to pick up momentum. It’s a time of transition in many ways. I’m looking forwards to helping the Dafter with her new course and routine, to choirs all resuming, and of course to more knitting! I have lots to show you on that front.
I hope this all finds you well, and thank you so very much for your incredible encouragement and support over the past five years of the Dafter’s ME/CFS. Onwards!