In The Pipeline

Isle Of Skye

Welcome to the sometimes weekly (more like monthly) edition of In The Pipeline, where I list stuff I like on the internet and tell you what’s coming down the pipe at the Chino House.

So, it’s August.
You know what that means.

We are moving to Scotland this month.

Whenever I talk to anyone, they are all, Oh My Goodness, You Must Be So Busy Right Now, which makes me feel a little ridiculous about all the time I have spent lying in the floor of my empty house trying to choose between eating the rest of the ice cream out of the freezer and checking my phone for the gazillionth time to see if Househunters International has called.

Anyway, one way or another, we will be on a plane before we know it, purchasing trousers and finding out which houses the kids are in at school. Just like Harry Potter, yo.

Crombie, Don, Dunbar, Meston and Skene are the choices.

Please let them be Crombies!

In The Pipeline

A few things that happened this week:

We ate lots of cheese.  Taido preached one last time.  We cleared out the house.  Many of our well loved treasures found new homes, like our table! I made a guest appearance on Jolly Goode Gal (Jerusalem Greer).

We had a farewell service at church that I will forever treasure in the deepest places of my heart.  The event was so beautiful that I don’t know if I will ever be able to capture it in writing.  A surprise bagpipe player closed the service with Amazing Grace.  Dear goodness, it made us smile.

bagpipe player
@jacobslaton’s photo

Scotland Themed Links!

I have been reading travel blogs like crazy to prepare for our move, and here are a few of the fun bits about places in Scotland that I have bookmarked for future Chino Family Excursions!

Isle of Skye from True Nomads

Orkney Islands from Chevrons & Eclairs

Loch Lomond from Emma’s Travel Tales

Edinburgh for Hogmanay (New Year’s) from Fevered Mutterings.  Incidentally, I read this post last January while we were still waiting to see if we would be moving to Scotland.  I started following  Mike Sowden’s Fevered Mutterings back then, and it has continued to be one of my favorite travel blogs.  Such. Great. Stories.

Reading great travel stories inspires me to tell my own, so I have taken yet another plunge into the unknown and bought a ticket to a travel blogging conference this fall! Meet me in Dublin?

I hope you have the best weekend ever!  Show some love to somebody and eat some summer salads!








  1. Dear Alison
    I wish and pray you all the best as you enter a grand adventure. You are going to a wonderful land! And the Dublin conference … go and explore the country. I have never been to another country where I found the people so genuinely happy to meet you … so proud of their land and faith (south).

    Add to your list Giants Causeway in Ireland and the Cliffs of Mohr, Arthur’s Seat, the cathedrals, castles museums in Scotland and of course Loch Ness.

    We loved walking the famous campuses of Scotland and England, sitting on the Thames and rowing.!

    Can’t wait to read about your adventures in your blogs


    In case CBS sounds good …

    1. Thanks so much Joan! I love that you will be reading along and sending love from so far away! XO

  2. I’m thinking of you often sweet girl! This is going to be such an amazing adventure for you guys and I know that the Lord is going to be moving mightily through it. Just take it moment by moment 🙂

    1. Thank you Heather! I am holding all those prayers in my heart right now.

  3. if you were on House Hunters International it would make my life! (Well, my day anyway…) Good luck on your move and I can’t wait to read all about it!!

    1. It would make my day too! For SURES!!! I keep emailing. 🙂

  4. The Isle of Skye is one of my favorite places on earth. There’s an ancient broch on a hillside on the main road that is so worth stopping to explore. You walk through a sheep pasture to reach it, and it’s windy and cold and fantastic.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing the photos, though rather late! xx

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