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7 Years of Gin & Lemonade

15th April 2018

Gin & Lemonade:  7 Years and Counting
I’m feeling nostalgic, and today I thought I’d take a trip down blog memory lane.

For better or worse, but mostly better, I’ve been writing on Gin & Lemonade for 7 years and counting.

I’ve travelled since I was 4 years old, but this blog began as a drunken idea I had in Italy when I was 25.

After a frustrating but daresay um, an ultimately uplifting day of cobblestones and access issues followed by beautiful food and lots of drink, I had a thought.

I couldn’t be the only disabled person that used a wheelchair and travelled anyway, that had a regular job, that was at the time looking for love, that did not spend my life looking to become undisabled, but worked with what I got.

My quest was not to walk unaided, it was to live a regular, full, travelling, sarcastic, loving, life.

To write good books and drink good coffee.

I came back from Italy, went back to my arts admin job, and my writing group, and my online dating profile.

I did not start a blog.

My obsessions at the time were, honest and truly, applying for my MA or MLitt or MFA, and eating my weight in supermarket cheesecake.

My friends suggested that I write a dating guide for disabled people, travel guides for disabled people.

I’d get to the second, third, or 6th date and come home alone and write stories to ghosts.

I didn’t consider myself an expert in anything.  Except maybe cheesecake.  And Roseanne episodes.

I moved twice in the same building, watched A LOT of arthouse films, and one year, ended up leaving my own Christmas party.

I did not start a blog.

After being evicted from three different flats because my landlords used my rent to go skiing instead of pay their mortgages, I signed a two-year lease on my fourth flat in Glasgow.

It was leafy.

I’d sworn off internet dating.  Almost. I finished some more short stories.

I did not start a blog.

And one day, I winked at Neil.  Online.  I can’t wink in real life.  It looks extra creepy when I try.

He wrote back, we had lunch, and saw each other three times a week for four months.

‘Move in with me,’ he says over dinner one night.

‘You live up three flights of stairs.’

‘Move in with me, into a new place.’

And I did some digging.  ‘Why?’

‘Because I love you.’

‘I love you, too.  Move in with me.’

‘I’m from Edinburgh.  I can’t live in Glasgow.’

‘You do realise I just signed a two-year lease?’

‘Yes.’

‘And your um, proposal is um, more secure than that?’

‘Eventually, yes.’

And so, I moved to Edinburgh.  Neil and I found a less leafy flat than the one that I left.

I’d always dreamed of living in Edinburgh.  There were fewer cobblestones in my dreams.

Neil had to drive me backwards over cobblestones on the way to brunch.  We’d eat and talk for hours about going to festivals, and basement gigs, and we began planning our penguin world tour.

I started a blog.  

About a third-culture kid (me) who travelled the world on wheels (also me) who moved in with her boyfriend (mine) and wanted to write about all that and a good cup of coffee.

My first post is over here.

In these 7 years, I wrote about that time I wasn’t a number, or a tourist.  That time I lost my phone and my best pen.

I wrote about my wedding and my honeymoon.

I’ve shared my dreams and when they began to come true.

I’ve shared my happiness and road-trips.

For me, and I hope you groovy readers, Gin & Lemonade is a coffee shop, a porch, and a pub for when the house is too small and you miss your friends.

When the only good coffee for miles is in your house, and you write and blog to connect with the world outside that very messy, smaller than you thought, but still full of love house.

Gin/coffee for everyone!

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43 Comments

  • Reply Ritu 15th April 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Wow!!! 7 years! You rock girl!

    • Reply Lorna 15th April 2018 at 1:00 pm

      You’re not so bad, either. xox

      • Reply Ritu 15th April 2018 at 1:03 pm

        😍😍

  • Reply trentpmcd 15th April 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Sounds like “winking” at Neil ended up changing everything. Congratulations on seven years of blogging!

    • Reply Lorna 16th April 2018 at 10:25 am

      I don’t need a man, but I’d choose the one I got every day.

  • Reply a mindful traveler 15th April 2018 at 1:41 pm

    What great memories, and seven years is something to be proud off Lorna. Congratulations too for the award, good luck. Xx

    • Reply Lorna 15th April 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks, Lorelle, just wanted to remember why I started!

  • Reply Lisa Orchard 15th April 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Seven years! Holy Toledo that’s awesome! Congrats! You’ve got a great blog here! 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 15th April 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks Lisa. The seven year mark was in August. Just felt like rewinding a bit!

  • Reply johnrieber 15th April 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Great post – interesting how we can share our lives with “strangers” who quickly become online “friends” – because we all have our similarities and our unique differences…congrats on 7 years and counting!

  • Reply Phil Taylor 15th April 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Congrats on 7 years! That’s awesome!

    • Reply Lorna 15th April 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Awesome is 14. 🙂

      • Reply Phil Taylor 15th April 2018 at 2:54 pm

        7 is a lot longer than most!

  • Reply Victoria Jorgensen 15th April 2018 at 3:09 pm

    I love your writing style. You are so charming and honest and funny! Thank you for starting and continuing your blog.

    • Reply Lorna 16th April 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you for reading, Victoria!

  • Reply Jennifer 15th April 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Congratulations on 7 years of blogging. I loved the look back and seeing that you had the idea for the blog long before you actually started blogging.

  • Reply Paulette 15th April 2018 at 6:22 pm

    This was a terrific blog entry. I went to high school with your mother. How lucky she is to have a daughter with such a beautiful heart!

    • Reply Lorna 15th April 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you for the visit and kind words, Paulette. I appreciate it. Mom speaks highly of you as well! x

  • Reply Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2] 15th April 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Determination is a great personality trait to have, you obviously have it in bucket loads. Well done Lorna and best of Scottish luck in the awards 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 16th April 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne! x

  • Reply rachaelstray 15th April 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Amazing! 7 years is fantastic.

  • Reply fattymccupcakes 15th April 2018 at 11:31 pm

    This is my absolute favorite thing I’ve ever read from you. I could not love this more. It was poetic af, dude! ❤️❤️

    • Reply Lorna 16th April 2018 at 10:32 am

      I’ll write the blurb for your book, if I can quote you on the front of mine!

  • Reply Rebecca Moon Ruark 16th April 2018 at 1:09 am

    Congrats on the milestone! My writing world has become so much cozier this past year because of bloggers, like you, who invite me into their lives. Thank you!

  • Reply thebeasley 16th April 2018 at 10:27 am

    Hooray! I’ll take that gin thanks. What a lovely post. I’m so glad you eventually started your blog.

  • Reply Midlife Smarts 16th April 2018 at 11:32 am

    That’s such a cool trip down memory lane. Loved it.

  • Reply Debbie Harris 16th April 2018 at 11:45 am

    I love this post! You’ve set it out beautifully and told us your story. Absolutely wonderful!

  • Reply D. Parker 16th April 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Congrats!!! Cheers and to many, many more glorious blogging years!!! 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 16th April 2018 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you, Donna! I love your blog!

  • Reply thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany 16th April 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Whoo Hoo!! 7 years! Here’s to & more, and lots more dreams coming true!!

    • Reply Lorna 16th April 2018 at 8:02 pm

      You, too, my friend!

  • Reply Posted Discoveries 16th April 2018 at 1:53 pm

    i love this! your writing style is fantastic.

  • Reply Deserted_Queen 16th April 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Wow 7 years. Congrats…🍾

  • Reply ourboomerblog 16th April 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Love the 7 Years of Gin and Lemonade title to your article. It really caught my attention. Its great to read the growth of your relationship. Sounds like you are on the right track.

    • Reply Lorna 16th April 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks, Jeff & Crystal. The only thing older than the blog is Neil and me, ha!

  • Reply cantarestella 16th April 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I loved reading your post. I actually want to check out the others you linked! 🙂 Congrats on 7 years!

    • Reply Lorna 16th April 2018 at 8:04 pm

      I hope you enjoy the linked posts. Thanks for wanting to read more!

  • Reply samfiftysomething 18th April 2018 at 11:48 am

    Wow 7 years! Well done you!! Wonder if I’ll still be blogging in 7 years? 🤔 I’d like to think so 😀 good luck in the awards Lorna!! 👍

  • Reply suzie81speaks 19th April 2018 at 10:53 am

    Massive congrats on your blogiversary! I totally want to see the creepy wink when I meet you next month!

    • Reply Lorna 19th April 2018 at 11:00 am

      No video evidence, please, ha! (EEEEK. You said next month!)

  • Reply Ellen @ If It Brings You Joy 3rd May 2018 at 2:44 pm

    7 years…congrats! Just lov’n your stories.

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