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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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On the Herschel stand at the Royal Society, you can get your photo taken with an infrared (IR) camera and printed out. You can also use ice to cool your skin for a more interesting portrait. Here I am in the IR, with ice-stripes on my eyebrows and nose. My mouth may also have been smeared with ice. Or it could have been the blood of my enemies. MUAHAHAhahem.

Poll #1852213 Camping With Passenger

Going camping for a week in Scotland in the Outer Hebrides while 5.5 months pregnant is

quite mad
er, why did you let the bloke talk you out of the week on a beach in Spain?

[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2012-07-06 17:14 (UTC)
Is it too late to backpedal on the Spain plan? Or take separate vacations. Because I love camping in dreary weather, and I cannot even with the idea of doing so knocked up. Unless my role was to sit bundled up in fleece around a large campfire and drink warm hot things while everyone else goes hiking or whatever.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-07-16 15:05 (UTC)
It wasn't dreary, surprisingly! It was sunny almost the whole time we were in the Outer Hebrides. Apparently it was miserable in England all week, so am presently feeling a bit smug. ;D
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2012-07-06 21:14 (UTC)
Sooo jealous.
Where exactly are you going? I lived on Benbecula and would have a few photo requests! Pretty please.

As for camping...thats brave! The biggest problem after rain and wind is midges..not little specky annoyances...huge persitent and in large numbers especially if you camp by a loch.

However, if the sky is clear then you will fall in love with the Universe. As a 7 year old I stood on a hilltop at midnight (long story). The milky way filled by field of vision, i lost the visual ability of perspective so the milky way was within my grasp. A stunning shining memory. :D
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2012-07-07 13:42 (UTC)
OK, so... I could do that while knocked up.

(That was a very sweet, gentle way of saying "it could be fine, promise.)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-07-16 15:07 (UTC)
We went to Skye, Lewis, Harris and St Kilda. Spent most of our time on Harris pootling around near Horgabost, which has a fantastic beach.

The Outer Hebrides, in addition to being surprisingly sunny, were also midge-free. And you were absolutely right about the midges by a loch. We camped near Loch Leven on the way up and on the way back and the poor bloke got badly gnawed. Oddly, they left me alone, even though supposedly pregnant women are very tasty to bitey insects.
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From: pbristow
2012-07-07 19:46 (UTC)
Since the worst, most boring, frustrating and ill-making holiday I've ever endured was the one we had somewhere on the coast of Spain, I'm definitely not ticking box number three. =:o}

(*Northern* Spain might be OK for me, perhaps in the winter months...(?) )
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-07-16 15:09 (UTC)
I have no regrets now. It was a wonderful holiday and the weather was beautiful - also, not too hot. Normally I don't mind heat, but with pregnant!belly I am happier when it's cooler.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-07-16 15:10 (UTC)
I do and we are! Yes, I've seen the amount of stuff people have to haul around with infants and small children. It seems to outweigh the Sidecars themselves by quite a bit.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2012-07-15 21:06 (UTC)
The camping will be awesome! It's early enough. Just make sure you take a good comfy bed of some sort. Plus, the north west has had and is still having the best weather of the entire country.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-07-16 15:11 (UTC)
Yes, it was! The bloke bought me this inflatable mat (we called it the "princess mat") to put under my sleeping bag, which helped enormously, as did a large quantity of pillows. And you're right about the weather. It was sunny and lightly breezy almost every day. :D
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