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Greetings from bonny Scotland!

post #1 of 18
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Hi folks,

Although this isn't my first post I thought I better introduce myself properly. I leave in the Highlands of Scotland in a wee cottage and teach in the local rural high school. I left Glasgow University 2 and a half years ago after gaining my Masters in Clinical Parasitology. I then attended Edinburgh University for my Post-Graduate Diplomas in Education for Biology/Science and Music.

After my probationer year (still in Edinburgh) I was lucky enough to get a job up here in the highlands. It wasn't my first choice but teaching jobs in Biology are hugely scarce (only three came up last year nationwide) so I was lucky to get it.

Leaving all my friends and partner as well being used to busy flatshares for the last 7 years a wee estate cottage on my own with DREADFUL heating was a big change! It is soo cold, snowy and icy up here it is like being in a different country! I have gone from living in Scotland's two biggest cities to an area with a population of less than 10,000 and where everyone knows who I am. Being a teacher is even more challenging because I see my pupils and their parents ALL THE TIME!

Anyway, I decided to adopt a couple of cats last week from the local Cats Protection League to keep me company in these long, cold and dark days. I decided to get older cats because the house is so quiet, I work all day so I have no time (or energy) to train or play with them all the time and I thought I could offer a great retirement home to a couple of older cats. Very quiet, plenty of rabbits to hunt, 3 miles from the main road, huge garden surrounded by fields no stress.

Ziggy came on Friday. He is a little grey and white tabby. I think he might have feral ancestors because he has that typical big fluffy tail and mackerel striping of a Scottish feral. He is extremely friendly, is very content to eat three times a day, have a little constitutional up the stairs to the bedroom and back after mealtimes and sleep in his special cat doughnut which I have put on an easy chair.

He especially likes stretching out in front of the fire as I do my marking in the evenings. He has impeccable manners and will only approach you or jump up on the sofa next to you if he is invited and is very talkative.

I haven't got a second cat yet, I thought I better make sure I could have the first one settled in. Anyway, sorry for such a long message - nice to meet everybondy. What a wealth of knowledge and friendly approachable people on this board!
post #2 of 18
Hi there! Welcome to thecatsite!

I hope you and Ziggy have a good time together! If you post here a lot it wont be long until you get your second feline friend
post #3 of 18
Ohmigosh. Your cottage in the Highlands sounds fantastic! I have a secret dream of living in a cottage in the Highlands.....really!...The whole bit, fireplace, cat, small town. I love NYC, but, that sounds fantastic! I love Edinburgh, too. Been there 4 times. *sigh* I miss Scotland.

Enough about me.....very cool that you adopted an older cat, and Ziggy sounds like he's very settled in.

Welcome! You'll love it here. Very wonderful and informative and friendly site.
post #4 of 18
Welcome to to TCS! How wonderful that you gave Ziggy a cozy 'retirement' home.
post #5 of 18
Welcome! That is wonderful that you got an older cat. I would love to see his picture.
post #6 of 18
Hello and Welcome to TCS!
post #7 of 18
Hurry and get #2 cat before you big man gets too use to "HIS DOMAIN".
Best of luck to you in your new home!
post #8 of 18

I love Scotland. I lived in Aberdeen for almost a year. Of course I didn't have a car so didn't get around as much as I wanted. I managed to spend a few days in the Grampians once but never made it to the Highlands. Maybe it's time to start planning another trip.
post #9 of 18
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your furfamily to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions
post #10 of 18
Welcome to TheCatSite.
post #11 of 18
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #12 of 18
Hello, my name is John, welcome to the site
post #13 of 18
Welcome to TCS. Hope you enjoy your stay.

Rob & Sport
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post #15 of 18
Hello and welcome, from the North East
post #16 of 18
You probably didn't know you were describing what many people see as an impossible dream! Small cottage, cat purring in front of the fireplace, and small-town people.

Just as an aside, many American high schools are crying for biology teachers and are even recruiting overseas.
post #17 of 18
Hi!!! Welcome!! I've never been to Scotland, but I was just reading a book that was set there- the outlander series..I hope someone else has read them and knows what i'm talking about I really enjoyed reading about the scottish highlands...I want to go very badly! Enjoy TCS!
post #18 of 18
Welcome to TCS! My mom had a good friend from Scotland...she taught us how to make wonderful tea. (Kind of off the subject, but she was such a lovely person that I thought I'd mention her).

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