I never tire coming to the Highlands twice a year. Neither of us own passports and haven’t done for over 20 years.  In fact my husband has never had a passport so isn’t even bothered.  We’ve never once wished we weren’t here. The more recent problems of caravan holidays have been overcome by taking the right comfort padding! Unfortunately my husband has had to give up a lot, but I too miss what we used to do.

We have a lovely tent with all the additional extras.

We have a bike each that we used to take for    mountain biking, sometimes covering as much as 30 miles in one day.  Just before I became unable to take these with us on holiday we had bought a new bike carrier with number plate and had a tow bar fitted to the car.

We’ve done many long mountain walks in breathtaking Scottish scenery.

Long drives have become shorter as a tire more easily. These photos instill many happy memories and there so many people who develop fibromyalgia early in their lives who won’t have had these chances or opportunities.

The day we arrived it was a beautiful evening; very classic of the Highlands. Most of the stuff we bring is pre-packed, and as we always come to the same place we unpack like the same jigsaw done every day. Everything has its place.

The bed is always my worst nightmare and true to form I woke up on Sunday having pulled a muscle in my shoulder and neck. These areas are bad enough without making them worse so I was increasingly restricted for several days. I find driving quite difficult but as I have a good discipline of using all mirrors I’m generally OK.  There are exceptions of course and this was one of them!

Never mind, it did pass. Poor sleep remained throughout the rest of the holiday, cramp in the legs, burning in my heals, restless legs and being unable to find a position that brought any decent sleep. The bonus is though that it didn’t matter because the days were our own.

Going back to work is always hard, but as there is no difference in wellbeing on any 365 day there is nothing to gain by being off.

So, what does this holiday and all the other holidays past and present do? It gives me quality time with my husband, laughs with our budgie, the most amazing wildlife, catching up with lots of books and films and most of all peace and quiet.

I’d swap this life for anything, it’s so good for you, the air is like nothing on earth and makes coping with fibromyalgia easier.

Maybe one day…..