I’ve lived in Scotland for 16 years now, and can’t ever remember it being quite this wintery at the turn of May.

These West Highland Way walkers got more than they bargained for

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anyone hoping for a bank holiday barbecue would have been sorely disappointed

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We found a wee snowman out in the hills

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And it was back to the winter walking wardrobe for me.

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We’ve been out and about quite a bit this week, as my parents have been visiting, to celebrate my mum’s 70th birthday. We were able to show them something of the west highlands in some spectacularly unusual weather, and Tom baked a congratulatory birthday cake with 7 candles.

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My mum is certainly my biggest inspiration: she’s incredibly creative, independently-minded, witty, articulate and very caring – and she also runs her own small business. Seeing how she managed this allowed me to hope six years ago that I might be able to do the same.

HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY, MA! x

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43 thoughts on “a chilly week . . . and a happy birthday

  1. Happy Birthday (belated) to your mum. I never for a moment thought Tom might be your dad, so tell him not to feel badly. And he does look fine in that beautiful vest. The weather in Vancouver (BC Canada) has been hotter than usual, the garden about a month early with everything, but I am so enjoying myself that my knitting has taken a back seat … Thanks for all your inspiring posts. I saved them up and am enjoying working my way through them….

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  2. Your mom sounds not only like an inspiration, she looks like someone who would be a delight to know.

    And Tom’s vest looks smashing on him. I’ve just been sitting here pondering one for myself.

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  3. Happy Birthday to your mum. I know where your warm weather is, it’s here in New Zealand where our temperatures are still in the 20’s instead of the mid to low teens where they should be in late autumn.

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  4. Happy Birthday to your lovely Mum- may she and your Dad (very dapper in that beautiful Fair Isle weskit- did you or your Mum knit it?) have many more.

    Our temperatures have climbed to 30c. May I give you five degrees? We never have enough spring in Georgia, USA.

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  5. HAPPY ☺ BIRTHDAY 🎂 TO YOUR MUM. ALSO TO YOUR FATHER FOR WHENEVER HIS IS. LOVELY PICTURE OF THEM BOTH AND YOU ALSO. THANK YOU FOR SHARING SUCH A WONDERFUL AND VERY SPECIAL TIME. ALL YOUR PICTURES ARE INSPIRING. 😊

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  6. Would your mother mind if you shared a link to her business? I would love to see what she does
    Thank you.

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  7. We just returned from Scotland! Best vacation ever – beautiful, breath taking scenery, great food and wonderful people. Weather was quite interesting. Happy birthday to your mom! Although I don’t knit (yet) – I am a weaver – my sister who is an avid knitter turned me on to your blog. It’s super inspiring! (Loved being there at lambing season)

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  8. Utterly lovely, as always! I was so sure this summer would be THE summer I would visit Scotland. But alas, it seems the dream remains on hold. In the meantime, keep the beautiful images and inspiring knits coming my way.

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  9. I am trying to make contact with Kate from New Zealand. Are you able to give me an email address that will get to her? Regards Gay Hay

    On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 1:28 AM, Kate Davies Designs wrote:

    > Kate Davies posted: “I’ve lived in Scotland for 16 years now, and can’t > ever remember it being quite this wintery at the turn of May. These West > Highland Way walkers got more than they bargained for anyone hoping for a > bank holiday barbecue would have been sorely” >

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  10. Happy Birthday to your Mom!
    She looks younger than 70, much younger:-). I think because she is an active person with lot of plans:-) I want to be like her at my 70!
    Zsuzsa

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  11. Happy birthday to your mum Kate, my mum was my inspiration too. I miss her so much but I am thankful she taught me to knit! After reading this I am grateful to your mum for encouraging my favourite designer!
    ps I’m glad I am not the only one dressed for winter

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  12. Happy birthay to your mother! In Italy also , the weather is cold and rainy , today! Usually in this time was warmly and sunny!

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  13. Happy birthday to your mum🍾🍾 message for Tom he did not put 7 candles on my cake he made me last year still it was very nice cake. Thought you would have been in touch with Tommy! Have you ordered your fruit trees yet? Glad your mum had a great day with you’s lol June xxx

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  14. You are surrounded by creativity in your life. How lovely. What cake creation did the Talented Tom produce for such a wonderful lady?

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  15. I assumed you were a native of Scotland! Where are you from? You are always so interested and knowledgeable about Scotlands history. Your Fathers vest is just like the one you made for Tom isn’t it. It is so attractive.

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  16. Wow, it is cold up there! We’ve had some hail and snow in Oxford and the temperatures have been well below normal. I have manage to sit outside yesterday and today, with warm woolly on, whittling Naalbinding needles from sticks. Happy birthday to Mum! Hope it warms up soon.

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  17. Happy Birthday to your Mum! Thanks for a wee bit of Scotland this morning, it’s a gloomy, rainy day in Connecticut…

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  18. Warm and caring hearts always help to banish wintery weather. Those with such hearts are the most precious of all gifts. So happy that you share this present with your Mom.Glad you had the gift of time to be with each other. Happy birthday and cake eating.

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  19. Totally different latitude, but had to get out the scarf and the space heaters here in Washington DC, which is really unusual in April-May here! But then it was like Singapore in December…

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  20. I’m jealous, I live in Cyprus and the temperature has already hit 30 degrees, thank goodness we move back to the uk soon. I’m not a hot weather type person, being Scottish I love the cold!

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  21. We were in glencoe on holiday the past 2 days. Never expected to see it with so much snow at the end of april , beautiful!! We only have been there in april and October, always without snow…lol

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