A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

Sunny Braemar

It’s early, I joke with my life we are a last up! 6:15am and the campsite is well and truely asleep. The sky is turning over for a new day and we feel blessed. The cloud already lifting and we are hoping for another adventure.

We bagged a couple of Munro’s yesterday, cycling from the campsite, an amazing blue sky day and a round loop yesterday and today we are hoping for the same except a much longer cycle in.

It’s nearly the vans 10th year and the first time we’ve camped out it in just the two of us. We joke about being one of those camping couples. With a tinge of sadness time has moved on where the boys would pop there heads down through the hatch and look at us upside down.

Coffee is essential it gets us going, a big bowl of muesli and we are away. Ben Avon is calling.

Determined to post a coffee share this week, it’s been a fortnight since I last shared and its flown by. I started typing for the last one but the chores got in the way. Having just taken the keys for the next year at university residence for the big man. It needed a lot of paint! So a couple of trips through to Glasgow, full on up and down a ladder and I felt like I’d been to a boot camp. Oh how my body was sore on Monday, a little like today as I do a final read through.

This weekend has been a tonic being out in the fresh air and I’m ready for the week ahead.

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.


  1. Gary A Wilson

    Hi-ya Alex. I can almost feel the cool air of Scotland in your post. We too have been relocating offspring to college. In our case the large locally sourced large couch went upstairs to assist our daughter in her next step – graduate work in med school – 3 time zones from home. . .
    Our home is now eerie quiet without her, but this is what she’s wanted since the age of 6.
    Ugh – sore back, butt (from the long drive), shoulders from all the lifting and hearts – from watching her leave.
    I offer you a peer parental high 5.

    • chef

      Back at you Gary, a big high five. You’ve reminded me we’ve to get a heavy old Futon over as well. Really hoping I can get it flat. Even that is going to test logistics….and my back! Three time zones must be some drive and I can hear that quiet in the house, just need to keep yourself busy, the holidays will come round soon.

  2. trentpmcd

    I was just in the neighborhood the last couple of weeks, though I only drove through the Cairngorms. With family so no bagging Munros – maybe next time I am there…

    • chef

      Hope you had a great time, and the weather held. The Cairngorms in general is such a lovely place. The size of these hills don’t really compare to the US trails I saw in Yosemite or Tahoe, a challenge none the less and a place to escape!

  3. Maria

    The camping trip seem very appealing in that gorgeous landscape. Lately I’ve been tempted to get an RV again, I’ve had several through the years but I don’t have one now. It truly is bittersweet that the kids are growing up. My oldest is in college and my youngest just started middle school today. Have a great week!

    • chef

      We talk about letting the van go, switching, and just can’t let it go. It’s too convenient for the odd night away and if we let it go it feels like the adventure might be over. Good luck with the start of school and the routine starting again. Ours kicks off tomorrow. Hopefully a little normality will return.

      • Maria

        I can totally understand that! I hope your week is great!

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