Tennis, politics and holidays but life isn’t strawberries and cream for everyone this week.

It’s the first week of the holidays ( and recess) , the sun is shining and Wimbledon is working its magic on the Nation. (C’mon Andy). So tell me why did I think this was a good week to volunteer to do the roundup?

That  said it has been an interesting week with some fairly explosive local political issues, indyref ping pong, tales of glamping, Dr Who conventions, Wimbledon distractions and some thoughts from carers amongst the birthday celebrations for none other than that wonderful institution the NHS.

So tear your eyes from the telly, don’t light the barbie yet and catch some if this week’s fine Scottish blogs.

Let’s start with by stimulating those taste buds with the Foodiequine’s tales of glamping , quite fabulous picnics that almost have me persuaded and not just because of the rhubarb vodka! These days require a good thirst quencher and if Brewdog’s beers are your tipple you will share Bucketoftongues pleasure at their recent crowd funding success, this new model of growth being all about involving their  community and good beer of course.

Spotsandsparkles takes us through a wet but fab weekend in Edinburgh ( it’s beautiful today!) leaving her readers with a taste to see more. And of course holidays can go hand in hand with romance ….so the Skinnydippingcharter gives us some wise lessons in love. Caron a dedicated Doctor Who fan has been celebrity spotting at a recent Doctor Who convention and wondering how she missed some good gossip ( I did too Caron….unlikely couple?)

Well that’s enough pink and fluffy stuff let’s get down to politics. The Burd is suggesting the Scotland needs British influence, her message being that the other referendum (on EU membership ) is significant for Scotland too and urges the Scottish government to join with the other pro EU parties in a pro EU message. Ian Smart reflects on the language of the indy ref campaign currently with Better Together being re-titled  project fear by its opponents who by default then position themselves was project hope. Ian suggests the truth is much more complex and more honesty would strengthen arguments. And the controversial Falkirk by election is discussed by James in Better Nation who wonders if Unite are truly listening to their members?

As some of you will know I’m a health blogger so I’m glad to be able to share some blogs which offer powerful insights into the impact of loss. First of all Todayoutoften tells of watching the documentary I am breathing about Neil who has MND. She describes how she stops thinking about the condition and starts to understand him, a powerful reason to blog and to hear those with lived experience tell their stories.

“Is this why any of us blogs, to exercise this most powerful freedom?  I love how it allows those of us who share that drive with Neil, to give of ourselves, to have the platform – for the most part, freely – to leave something of ourselves behind.
 And this is my reflection on Neil Platt.  He showed incredible dignity in his fight with MND and  incredible courage to allow the world to see him, as he thought, at his worst.  And I’m sure he was so much more.”

Others who are generously giving of themselves in this way are : Michael who blogs in Carers speaking out, giving us an insight into his experience and learning in his emerging role as carer and Tommy of Tommyontour gives us not only a rich insight into being a carer but along with Extraardvaark in Forever is  an Awfully Long Time, into the pain of loss. Ian Smart leaves politics for a moment to tell of another loss, a loss of a life time partner to Alzheimers and how this year it means he has a holiday to face on his own for the first time.

Each with huge courage and in very unique ways giving us very moving glimpses into their experiences.

Staying on the subject of health my blog this week was on the 65 birthday of the NHS and my wish list for a future vision and commitment to match Nye Bevans original one.What would yours be? For Derek blogging as an associate nurse director from his experiences flying back and forth to Orkney it’s the importance of what makes a service person centred, and asks is not being bad, good enough?

And finally, it’s Wimbledon weekend and all of you watching Murrays match on Friday will have witnessed roofgate! Ellen asks us what we did when the roof was closing? She was incredibly productive, I admit  to being less so. According to Andy his opponent was on the phone…can only guess who to…… But the final thing I want to share with you is this wee tune -a sort of musical blog-which the artist ,Jim asks Andy to download “Hey there Andy Murray” to his iPod by way of encouragement. It’s charming and every so slightly bonkers in a very Scottish way I suspect. I loved it. And all together now (c’mon Andy !)

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