A FAMILY from India - who used to live in Milngavie - have been making the most of their first visit back to Scotland.
Despite the rainy weather, Odette (48) and Adil Katrak (47) and their daughters PerinAnn (15) and Sanaya (11) have been getting out and about to all their favourite places and meeting up with old friends.
They have already been to Loch Katrine, Mugdock and Dougalston Golf Course and they also hope they will have time to visit Milngavie Library, where they used to go twice a week when they lived here.
What Odette misses most of all is the warmth of the people in this ‘otherwise cold country’, she said: “Everyone is so friendly here and that’s what I remember the most and miss the most.
“It would really put a song in my heart and a spring in my step even on a cold dreich day.
“We shouldn’t have waited so long to return and catch up with everyone - it’s really wonderful to be back. There is so much to do and so little time.
“I feel like we have not been away at all, that is the special character of Milngavie’s warmth for you.”
The Katrak family returned to Gurgaon near Dehli three years ago for Adil’s job with Dell after living in Fairways, Milngavie, for two years from 2007 to 2009.
It’s a move which they say is best described as from the “freezer to the furnace” with temperatures going over 40 degrees at times in India.
They did not think they’d miss life in Milngavie as much as they did and while they quickly settled in to their new lives, there were things about their time here that they could just not replace.
Adil misses his walks - his favourite spots being Mugdock, the moors, the Dougalston golf course, Loch Ardinning and Queen’s view.
The girls - PerinAnn and Sanaya - miss their friends the most, and they have enjoyed seeing them.
Sanaya visited her former school, Milngavie Primary, and PerinAnn made a trip to Douglas Academy.
While they were here they were members of St Joseph’s Church in Milngavie and they went along to the mass on Saturday night to see all their old friends.
They also miss Scotland’s mouthwatering delicacies - sausages, haggis, steak pies, salmon, tablet and Mars ice cream.
Odette said: “We have already had haggis, neeps and tatties, steak pie and I’m looking forward to having salmon - I really miss that, Scottish salmon is fantastic.
“We can’t get Mars ice cream in India so we’ve also been making the most of that.”