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About Fi Series – “I’m Scottish”

“I’m Scottish”
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Which basically means I’m badass and hardy as fuck, love to swear, can handle my alcohol, can withstand the cold, love to blether (talk lots) and chase little creatures over the hills right? #haggis #culturalstereotypes 😉🤣
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In truth I DO love to swear and I have proven to be a bit of a badass 😉 but I definitely can’t handle my alcohol 🤣 in fact I haven’t drunk a drop since I was diagnosed over four years ago…but before that I LOVED a mojito…despite being a complete lightweight!
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Oh and I do LOVE to talk!…I don’t care if you are an old friend, an acquaintance or a complete stranger…I can and will have a blether with you about anything! A gift I inherited from my Glaswegian Dad.
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I was born in Glasgow as the 3rd ‘Wood’ daughter to a loving Mum & Dad. My Dad had a milk business at the time & my birth certificate states ‘milkman’ under father’s occupation – which is somewhat amusing when you are the only blonde & short member of your family 🤣 also I was quite the surprise as my mum had been sterilised!
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When I was about 18 months old we moved to Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands between France and England, to be closer to my maternal grandparents. My grandad was a Guernsey boy!*
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I spent 10 wonderful childhood years there with my family, swimming in the sea for spider crabs, enjoying long sea cliff walks and bike rides, picnics in the sun and water fights in the garden.
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To this day my favourite place is on a beach, in the sea or on a boat (the bigger the waves the better!)
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My parents love to host parties and many of my childhood memories involve our house filled with either mine or my sister’s friends – Halloween parties were always the best!
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I had a mixed education on Guernsey. I stared at a montessori nursery, then a state school and then a private all girl’s school.
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3 days before my 12 birthday we moved back to Scotland, this time to Dunkeld – one of the most magical places in the world. It was here I found my love of trees.
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But, in truth, the move was a shock to my system. Overnight I went from a carefree child to, for the first time in my life, feeling like I had to ‘fit in’ and finding that I didn’t!
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My accent was different. The way I dressed was different. And, now in a co-ed school system I had boys to deal with too!
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I spent a lot of my school years being bullied and judging and doubting myself. I began to push down the free spirited girl who had loved to run through the sea. The only time she emerged was when I was alone in the woods.
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This self judging and hiding continued through my university education in Dundee and even into my working career.
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In fact, I’d say it was only in recent years, through deep spiritual work and personal development, that I’ve finally allowed my true self to shine through with all of my innate ‘Scottish’ passion.
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I’m proud to be Scottish but I’m also proud , and grateful, to have a piece of Guernsey in me too for it was there that my authentic self was grown and my love of nature and all things wild formed.
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*My much loved grandparents both died in 2015, after moving to Scotland with us and sharing many happy memories together. They have a bench and a tree in Quarrymill Woodland Park in Perth where I sit and chat with them. The bench has their names ‘Peter and Esme Sauvary’ inscribed one it. If you are passing have a seat and say hi 🥰🙌🏻💚

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