As a born and bred Scottish lass, who adores her home country, if you told me I was going to live in Australia I would have said..."hells no!" So how did I end up on the EP? Let's rewind some 15 years. After finishing my degree of Performing Arts in England, I headed back home and started teaching hip hop aerobics whilst working as a bar manager in Edinburgh.
After many chats with friends we decided it was time to discover new destinations. I worked three jobs, saved hard for a year and bought an around the world ticket. We packed our backpacks and off we ran. To say I had the most amazing year would not do it justice.
We met fantastic people, travelled via planes/trains and all different kinds of automobiles, visited temples, ate amazing but very dubious street food and travelled, worked and played around Australia with too many highlights to mention. We then moved on to New Zealand where the weather made us feel like we were back home, then spent time in Fiji living the slow life before hitting up Hawaii where we swam with turtles and loved hanging with the locals.
Then mainland America left us feeling all fuzzy and probably a few kilograms heavier! Once back in Edinburgh I landed a job as a driver/guide for a tour company called Haggis Adventures, which I will forever be grateful for.
I then got my bus licence, swatted up on our rich Scottish history, among lots of other things, and before I knew it, I was let loose driving backpackers around the Highlands and Islands. Over a year into the job I had three lads from Tumby Bay jump on board. After lots of laughs, good times and a sprinkle of EP charm, one of those Tumby Bay lads, Lenny, wore me down and what can I say, I fell so in love.
However, Lenny ended up having to head back to his farm in Tumby, so we decided I would finish my season working and then I would go join him. I will never forget the first time we drove out to his farm, there was literally tumble weed, no phone service and I was so disoriented I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere.
My silence spoke volumes, something Lenny certainly was not use to! I'm not going to lie it was a long and very emotional road to get to the point where I could call this beautiful part of the world home, but Lenny's family welcomed me with open arms and truly made me feel a part of their family, I do not think they will ever realise how much that meant to me, and still does.
So, aye, it was worth every tear shed and every bit of heartache because as cheesy as it sounds, love prevailed. Lenny and I eloped to the Isle of Skye in 2016 to tie the knot, it was just incredible and so special to be married back in the Highlands. After we returned to Tumby, I started my own business and not even nine months later the birth of our son, Rory, made me a mum, which was the biggest privilege.
Then my second lad Murray entered the world 19 months after that. Scotland will always be home and hold a special place in my heart, but I could not be happier or more in love and raising our wee family on our farm is just pure magic.
Luckily for us Rory loves all things farm related, his first word was tractor, legit! I am sure wee Murray will follow suit. As for me, I'm just full of gratitude. With FaceTime at my fingertips distance becomes shorter and having my Aussie family/friends and now my own wee clan has truly made this place home. The rest, as they say, is history!