Stuart and Shirley
Aren't they so precious? They've been one of the biggest factors in us feeling welcome and at home in Dornoch.
Shirley grew up in Embo, the old fishing village two miles north of Dornoch, population 300. She lived most of her adult life in Essex, England with her husband Stuart who worked as lawyer. Seventeen months ago, they made their final move here, after vacationing for years in Dornoch.
They are every bit as sweet and kind and generous as you could imagine. They had us over for dinner soon after we arrived, fed us haggis, and it was actually pretty good! We're no longer surprised when Stuart pays us a surprise visit with some goodies in hand. Once it was Cadbury drinking chocolate (like hot chocolate, but better), or a meat pie from the local butcher, another time it was some tasty chocolate cookies and orange juice. This weekend Shirley let me know she had some homemade chili for us. When unpacking the bag, I found she had also stocked our fridge with fresh fruit, a big bag of rice for the chili, a huge pack of cookies, and even some salmon! One of the times we were having tea with them, I mentioned I liked her fruit flavored tea and she sent me home with an entire box.
They really take good care of us!
Even though they're retired, their days are always full. One of their weekly committments is running a Road to Recovery meeting in Dornoch for recovering addicts. We love them and are so excited to spend the next two years getting to know them even more!