I have spent the day with Sheldon buzzing around and picking up furniture and dropping it all over. I am multi tasking like a maniac and know I should slow down but figure another month of madness and I will be on top of everything.
I am working four shifts a week and as school has now finished it is starting to pick up for the summer holidays. I am golfing, eating, writing, editing, crosfitting, interviewing, and filming on top of that. Some nights I get home after midnight, edit a couple of videos and while they are uploading on my laptop, I am having spanish lessons on my iPad.
I am a little crazy but it is working for me. Monday I made lemon berry cheesecake and wrote and uploaded the recipe, made coconut delights and banana oatmeal and cranberry slice, edited and uploaded four videos, wrote a blog article for Scotland’s Golf Islands and did my laundry. I don’t have enough time in the day to get everything I want done but I am getting through a lot.
I have arranged to play eight courses on the island this summer, Fox Meadows, Avondale, Belfast, Mill River, Crowbush, Stanhope, Eagles Glenn, Red Sands in addition to my home tracks, Brudenell and Dundarave. I will be interviewing members (Twenty Questions with Tiff) and have also arranged to interview the chefs / owners of four restaurants. I have drawn a line and am not adding any other courses or interviews to my schedule – well I keep telling myself that.
I played the Nike Shootout with Cheryl and while the golf was at times ordinary, other times it was great but regardless it was a lot of fun. I have signed up to play the Club Championship (why ever not!) and am looking for a partner for the Mixed Championship – one of the guys I played with yesterday will be my partner, (I’m looking at you D, Thomas and Cole) they just don’t know it yet. I am also getting a crew together for the Duel at Dundarave, I won free golf and a season pass to the Islanders hockey at the Nike Shootout then the week later I won tickets to the RBC Canada Cup in Halifax on Monday.
Clearly golf and I are meant to be together.
None of my Canadian golf buddies can come nor can my Aussie golf buddies (one who seriously considered it) so I will be taking the spare ticket with me and giving it to a random stranger at the gate. I am looking forward to it and I have got it sorted that I can have two hours (each way) undistracted video editing on the boat so I should be able to get a lot done.
I want to learn how to do pretty much everything, just because. Last week it was lobster fishing. So Much Fun. But the weather was fantastic. We had postponed twice because of terrible weather and I was lucky to get such a nice day on the water.
I went with Derek, who has the tunes pumped loud so I danced my way through the day, banding the lobsters after they were hauled. I took my camera and set up a time lapse that I look forward to editing but I am working through the videos in order and still have quite a few Scottish videos to complete.
Tuesday I interviewed Paul from The Chowder House at Point Prim and prepped with Ryan in the kitchen. I set up a time lapse here too while I shaped crab cakes, peeled potatoes and talked all things food. Great morning and I didn’t turn up empty handed as I took some of everything I made on Monday. My frozen lemon berry cheesecakes were a hit and I am a but chuffed that Ryan is planning on stealing my recipe.
I then shot off with a bag of treats to Avondale for my second lesson with Dave. I tell you I am starting to play some good golf. While I still duff it and have some hilarious attempts, I am getting on to balls really well, getting back spin on some and nailing drives further than I have ever hit them. Oh and my handicap has come down four points. How can I be anything but happy???
I popped into Leonard’s, ate and chatted with Axle to arrange an interview. I must say the chicken and goats cheese with pine nuts, avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich was fantastic.
I have also arranged to do a spot of home maintenance with Papa Joe as I have two rotten beams I want to replace this summer. Everything else can wait until next year. When we checked to see what timber I had, we startled a starling that was stuck in my shed. The poor thing kept flying into the glass window and while Joe tried to help it, I just shrieked and ducked as it shot past my head and out the door.
I have had a couple of bad experiences with Magpies and am not a fan of birds flying at me or the whoop and swoop of the wings and after dusting myself off I took Papa Joe out for fathers day lunch at The Chowder House.
It is nice to be home and I am nearly completely settled. I do like being busy but I just wish I didn’t feel guilty when I can’t do some things. I don’t have time to read and when I was uploading and having a Spanish lesson earlier this week, I was feeling guilty I haven’t practiced the harmonica. Someone suggested that I get a hands free strap so I can upload, learn and practice at the same time and while they were joking, I seriously considered it then realized that is just a bit too much.
Today Sheldon picked up some more bits and pieces and now only has stuff in one room upstairs so I have sorted the other four rooms and I do believe finally unpacked from our shipment last September. It is weird splitting your stuff and seeing bits and bobs at his place and going oh yes there is the fence post monkey or that piece of art. We have decided to have joint custody of the art as we bought most of it on our overseas travels and as I am only here in summer Sheldon will get the lot every winter and in the summers I will arrive and pick ones I want to look at for the summer. Good deal that we are both happy with.
I worked Tuesday night, edited videos until three then yesterday (Canada Day) I got up at eight to go golfing. I was tired, I didn’t want to get up at all, but get up I did. There was golf to be played and it was a gorgeous summer day. First proper good day that I have had nothing to do other than the pursuit of pleasure. I played my best ever round at Belfast and shot an even 50 then joined Sharon on Dundarave and could barely get on to anything. I hit the range for an hour or so before joining Cole, D and Thomas out on Brudenell, shot a 52 and did some really good things.
Golf is so unpredictable and there are many variables as to how you hit and I love it. I get better every time I play and I am playing a bit. I did feel guilty when I admitted to Dave at my second lesson that since my first lesson I had played at Crowbush (shot 13 less than last time I played it), played Brudenell and Dundarave and only spent around seven hours on the range. I felt bad that I hadn’t practiced more but there is only so much time in a week. He laughed at me and wished all his students practiced as much.
I love learning things and the challenge that is golf and watching the ball come off your club exactly as intended is pretty bloody good. There is nothing more satisfying that getting a good whack on a ball. Well not many things.
Tomorrow I am getting up early to go to the gym then am golfing and interviewing at Eagles Glenn before work. I now have to check directions and ferry times for Halifax on Monday.