Almost nine months ago I re-thought the website and changed it up to be an outlet to re-live, dig deeper and share photos from the life-changing trip I took in October 2019 to Scotland and Ireland.
I stayed on track with my "timeline" for many months but then started beginning to allow myself distractions from our "Twilight Zone" year. Finally ditched guilt for being "behind" because the "timeline" was created by me! I could certainly make it what I wanted/needed it to be.
As I have remembered the moments of the trip, poured over photos, researched the "where" of the photos, two things occurred. First, I've gained so much more knowledge about our specific adventure and both countries as a whole.
The second thing has been a cementing of my memories and a love for Scotland and Ireland in the core of me. Since being there, I did a DNA test and discovered I am not only Welsh (already knew that) but have ancestry in England, Scotland and Ireland. It has seemed something deep within me did and continues to feel a strong connection.
In addition to researching locations and backstories on my photos, I decided to "up" my connection to both countries by joining groups dedicated to photo posts on Facebook and Instagram. I've not only loved seeing others photos of the places we were; I've also learned so much about other areas we did not get to visit.
One contributor to the Scotland groups consistently posts pictures that really resound with me. He has a great eye and edits to enhance while retaining the "realness" of the photo. Finally decided to message the photographer and share my appreciation, knowing it would bless me if someone did that for me. That has spawned an ongoing "conversation" both on posts and messages. Besides appreciating his skill, there's humor and wit but also the sense of a tie to day to day there.
As much as I love all that and the blog journal, I also realized sometimes I would like to share current thoughts and photos, so the creation of "now blog." Still pondering if I'm going to add more galleries for my now photos. In any case, I'll put a few in my blogs ... like right now, for instance!