November 20, 2017

Getaway to St. Andrews

Hello from Scotland, our weekend getaway to Leuchars!

My family and I are currently up in St. Andrews, Scotland visiting friends for a quick getaway this weekend.   We hopped on the Virgin train going up to Scotland from Kings Cross in London. If you don’t know it just happens to be THE Harry Potter Kings Cross Station.  If you happen to ever book train tickets going out of London on a Friday afternoon, make sure you reserve seats….you don’t want to end up spending the travel time of your getaway sitting on the floor of a train while people walk over you every other minute.  Lesson learned.  As a result of not reserving seats, we sat on the floor until we got to York.  That’s a story all in itself.  We arrived in Leuchers around 730 and my very good friend Heidi was there waiting for us at the train station.

If you don’t know, Heidi is the owner at Heidi Hayward – Northern Angel Photography and is one of my favorite people to talk shop with.  We’ve done countless photography events together.  From trainings to retreats and seminars, trade shows, you name it, if we are there, we are most likely together.  Since she recently moved up to Scotland a few weeks ago, I needed to pay her and the family a visit!  Our family loves a good weekend getaway.   I am so happy we’ve decided to come.

We went out to St Andrews today.   Once we parked we walked through the city centre down to the castle.  It still astonishes me to be in a castle, still standing from hundreds of years ago.  To think architecture from so long ago could withstand as much as it has. Well, I feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded with such rich history.  We made way our out of the castle walking down along the river Tay (the North Sea).  We took the kids down to the beach so they could play for a while.  Josh and I always try to carve out fun time for the kids when we travel.

Now, parents would agree that when you put kids on a beach, they are going to get wet.  It’s only 2 degrees out and extremely windy here.  One can only imagine how cold the water is!  We were extra careful with the kids making sure they didn’t have too much fun and “accidentally” fall in. Or purposefully jump in!  Chasing 5 children around and keeping them out of water on the beach is not an easy feat by any means.  Thankfully, they were really well behaved and we did not end up with any frozen, wet boys!

On the way home we stopped into Thai Teak‘s Tea Room for some tea and cake.  Everyone was frozen and hungry so hot drinks and food was next on our list.  To the person that recommended Thai Teak to Heidi, thank you.  It is a gorgeous tea room where you can see into the kitchen where they make the food from scratch.  The food was fresh and so good, you couldn’t stop eating it!  I only wish I left more room for scones. They looked absolutely delicious.  We were so full by the end, I think we all needed a nap!  Back to the house  we put a movie on for the kids to hang out and relax.  Heidi and I had a wives Christmas party to go to, so we were ok with letting the husbands and the kids take it easy.

There was only a little time as we had to get ourselves together for the party once we had the kids settled.  However, the sun was coming down and I had asked Heidi if she wouldn’t mind taking a few head shots for me.   When you are the one with the camera, it’s not very often that you have your picture taken.  In fact, I rarely step on the other side of the lens, unless it’s for a selfie! Hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! It was a bit awkward standing there to be honest.  I always think I would like to have my picture taken. However, it’s bit different when you have someone there doing it.  It gets awkward when someone is telling you “bend this, tilt that, or turn this way”.  *I will keep that in mind the next time I’m out on location.*

So, without further adieu, here is my new headshot.    Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!  Check back to the blog soon to hear more about the trip!  Tomorrow is a day in Edinburgh and then back to England!

Headshot of Meredith Hodge, Northwood photographer

Thank you Heidi Hayward for making me look good!! 😉


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