God love them, my aunt and mother have been gathering information on our family tree for decades. Like many who live in the "new world", our heritage is a fascinating patchwork of stories of adventure and heartbreak and the meeting of many cultures.
I have put myself in as the contributor from the next generation, partly because my curiousity knows no bounds. And also because I have the skills to research the internet and put it all together.
How can I string this back to an interior design post?
In my endless Googles about a certain Scottish ancestor who started the wine trade on the island of Madeira, I found that the ancestral home, near Inverness, is on the market for the first time ....and what a pile it is.
Designed by one of Britain's most famous architects, it looks like something out of a Jane Austen film.
As some followers may remember, I have been contemplating buying an old pile somewhere in Europe for a few years now. Our plans to buy in rural France however, were put on the back burner when the GFC took hold.
Yesterday I found myself grilling a friend who used to work for BBC Scotland just HOW cold it is there. She said that she used to come home from work, have a hot bath and get straight under the duvet in winter. Hmmm.
Anyway, its fun to entertain the thought of living here. I already have the Pringle twin-set (which is hot pink).