Postcards from Scotland 7


So I've done it, I've reached the very last set of photographs from our holiday to Scotland. Yes I took a lot of photographs, and yes I'm slow at getting round to sharing. But holidays aren't all about coming home and sharing all the memories straight away for me, its about savouring them over the months and reliving moments that may have faded from your memory slowly over time. 

We spent our last day in the cottage hiding from the rain in the morning before packing up a picnic of leftovers and heading out towards Loch Lomond for our final adventure. As the rain ceased the heavy clouds clung to the tops of the hills and the mist rolled over, and we even caught glimpses of sunshine through the breaks. Unsure of a destination and with no real plan in mind, we travelled around the lochs and through villages, some touristy, some not. Around lunchtime we decided to stop and found a lochside road stop, where we ate lunch and investigated. We were so glad we did, as we found little coves and secluded pebble beaches with clear water lapping at the edge. The sun found its way out through the clouds, and it wasn't long before the pup and the boy ventured in. The views were spectacular, and perfectly ended our love affair with Scotland. 

The next day we packed up our things and left our sweet cottage on the side of the hill and drove to Dunoon to take the ferry across the loch this time. On the other side at Gourock, we stopped at a funny open air heated swimming pool, and dared to walk in the freezing rain to the pool in our costumes for a swim. The water was salt from the loch, and a very strange experience! We stayed as long as we could bear it before warming ourselves at a cosy cafe for lunch. Then our long drive down through Scotland towards Cheshire began, staying in a hotel for the night, before heading to our last treat of the holiday...a day at Alton Towers! 





Postcards from Scotland 7


So I've done it, I've reached the very last set of photographs from our holiday to Scotland. Yes I took a lot of photographs, and yes I'm slow at getting round to sharing. But holidays aren't all about coming home and sharing all the memories straight away for me, its about savouring them over the months and reliving moments that may have faded from your memory slowly over time. 

We spent our last day in the cottage hiding from the rain in the morning before packing up a picnic of leftovers and heading out towards Loch Lomond for our final adventure. As the rain ceased the heavy clouds clung to the tops of the hills and the mist rolled over, and we even caught glimpses of sunshine through the breaks. Unsure of a destination and with no real plan in mind, we travelled around the lochs and through villages, some touristy, some not. Around lunchtime we decided to stop and found a lochside road stop, where we ate lunch and investigated. We were so glad we did, as we found little coves and secluded pebble beaches with clear water lapping at the edge. The sun found its way out through the clouds, and it wasn't long before the pup and the boy ventured in. The views were spectacular, and perfectly ended our love affair with Scotland. 

The next day we packed up our things and left our sweet cottage on the side of the hill and drove to Dunoon to take the ferry across the loch this time. On the other side at Gourock, we stopped at a funny open air heated swimming pool, and dared to walk in the freezing rain to the pool in our costumes for a swim. The water was salt from the loch, and a very strange experience! We stayed as long as we could bear it before warming ourselves at a cosy cafe for lunch. Then our long drive down through Scotland towards Cheshire began, staying in a hotel for the night, before heading to our last treat of the holiday...a day at Alton Towers! 





Postcards from Scotland 6


So I thought it was time for another instalment of photographs from our Scottish adventure back in July. After we spent a long day out at the beach and climbing hills we decided to take it easy for the next few days, spending time in the cottage baking and hiding from the downpours. We played boardgames in the evenings and planned our activities. 

We decided that, even though the scenery is certainly entertaining enough, that we wanted to do a little bit of exploring of the towns and some attractions. We drove around the peninsula towards a little town of Inveraray to visit the jailhouse. The town is a little more geared towards tourists than previous places we'd visited, but after all we were on holiday and we can't say no to a bit of historical reenactment. It was fun, Theo got locked up and whipped on a table, the usual. After our trip to jail we walked around the town, dodging the rain and stopping to look in the shops lining the small high street. It was fun for a rainy day in Scotland. 

The next day we visited a local arboretum, which as can be expected was beautiful. We wandered around the trails taking in the scenery and climbing trees. Just what you'd expect. The days went quickly, and suddenly we were nearing the end of our time in Scotland. I don't think anyone wanted to leave, and we were going to make the most out of our last day in this beautiful part of the world. 

Postcards from Scotland 6


So I thought it was time for another instalment of photographs from our Scottish adventure back in July. After we spent a long day out at the beach and climbing hills we decided to take it easy for the next few days, spending time in the cottage baking and hiding from the downpours. We played boardgames in the evenings and planned our activities. 

We decided that, even though the scenery is certainly entertaining enough, that we wanted to do a little bit of exploring of the towns and some attractions. We drove around the peninsula towards a little town of Inveraray to visit the jailhouse. The town is a little more geared towards tourists than previous places we'd visited, but after all we were on holiday and we can't say no to a bit of historical reenactment. It was fun, Theo got locked up and whipped on a table, the usual. After our trip to jail we walked around the town, dodging the rain and stopping to look in the shops lining the small high street. It was fun for a rainy day in Scotland. 

The next day we visited a local arboretum, which as can be expected was beautiful. We wandered around the trails taking in the scenery and climbing trees. Just what you'd expect. The days went quickly, and suddenly we were nearing the end of our time in Scotland. I don't think anyone wanted to leave, and we were going to make the most out of our last day in this beautiful part of the world. 

Postcards from Scotland 5



It seems only fitting to perhaps post these set of photographs. They are perhaps my favourite from our whole trip and the most perfect end to a perfect day spent soaking up this beautiful country.

So yesterday Scotland voted no to independence, and even though a little of me feels disappointed that such a momentous moment in history didn't quite happen for those who wanted it, I am glad that we still remain United. For to lose Scotland from our fair isles would be a great shame. Not just for the beauty, but for the people and the passion. I'm proud of a Nation that stands up for what they believe, for when given the chance, so many want to have their say and to believe that this will all encourage change for the future, in a positive way. So without being too political, I just wanted to say I'm thankful and proud for peaceful democracy, that isn't of course without it's faults but that hopefully works.

These photographs were taken after our trip to the beach, whilst on the Island of Bute. After a delicious pub dinner and local ale we started our trip back to the cottage winding our way back once more around the Lochs and through the hills. As we rounded a corner a huge inviting hill came into view, and with a split second decision I pulled over into a lay by and we decided to burn off some dinner and climb to the top to see the view. A we were not disappointed. We climbed through the bracken, lay on the heather and admired the reaching views across the joining bodies of water. 


Postcards from Scotland 5



It seems only fitting to perhaps post these set of photographs. They are perhaps my favourite from our whole trip and the most perfect end to a perfect day spent soaking up this beautiful country.

So yesterday Scotland voted no to independence, and even though a little of me feels disappointed that such a momentous moment in history didn't quite happen for those who wanted it, I am glad that we still remain United. For to lose Scotland from our fair isles would be a great shame. Not just for the beauty, but for the people and the passion. I'm proud of a Nation that stands up for what they believe, for when given the chance, so many want to have their say and to believe that this will all encourage change for the future, in a positive way. So without being too political, I just wanted to say I'm thankful and proud for peaceful democracy, that isn't of course without it's faults but that hopefully works.

These photographs were taken after our trip to the beach, whilst on the Island of Bute. After a delicious pub dinner and local ale we started our trip back to the cottage winding our way back once more around the Lochs and through the hills. As we rounded a corner a huge inviting hill came into view, and with a split second decision I pulled over into a lay by and we decided to burn off some dinner and climb to the top to see the view. A we were not disappointed. We climbed through the bracken, lay on the heather and admired the reaching views across the joining bodies of water. 


Postcards from Scotland 4


So it doesn't always rain in Scotland, and when it doesn't then a beach is always a good idea. 

I've longed to explore the coast lines of Scotland, and other than taking the trip as far north as I could get and ferrying myself over to Orkney and Shetland Islands a few years ago, the urge is still very much there. Where we were staying was not so much the coastline, but nestled amongst the great lochs such as Loch Lomand and Loch Long providing us with stunning views. But to search out a beach we took a drive to a small island called Bute. 

With our car packed with all the necessities for a day on the beach we travelled over the hills and around the great expanses of water on newly surfaced roads iced like great wedding cakes. The scenery unfolded, and held us in awe as every corner we turned provided us with more stunning scenery. We arrived at a small ferry crossing and with excitement of the memory of childhood ferry rides we boarded the car ferry. A short drive on the other side and we reached our destination of Ettrick Bay. The calm water glistened in the sun as we gazed out to the horizon with the peaks of the Isle of Arran in the distance. We spent the day as you would expect, we picnicked, built sand castles, ate ice cream and relaxed. The water itself was so calm and shallow that we could take a slightly water nervous three year old out far away from the beach and rebuild some confidence. We spotted tiny fish and crabs swimming through the clear water and later as the tide receded we searched in the pools and rocks that it left behind. 

It's hard to pick just one day out of the holiday, but if pushed I'd say that this was my favourite. My mum and Andy met us on their own trip to Scotland, and it felt good to be out exploring this beautiful place. As the day wore on to evening the dogs were let off leads and we watched as they bounded over the sand and through the water with sheer delight. If there was ever to be a perfect beach day, then I think we might have come very close. We left feeling happy with a warm glow, perhaps from our slightly pinked skin. 

We also were very happy to have a chance to test out Theo's new swimwear from Sunuva, which provided a UPV 50+ to protect his skin. We loved the design, and luckily for you they are currently in the sale! And his jellies made for the perfect rock pool searching accessory! 

We were sent the swimwear as a gift for review, but all words and thoughts are my own! 

Postcards from Scotland 4


So it doesn't always rain in Scotland, and when it doesn't then a beach is always a good idea. 

I've longed to explore the coast lines of Scotland, and other than taking the trip as far north as I could get and ferrying myself over to Orkney and Shetland Islands a few years ago, the urge is still very much there. Where we were staying was not so much the coastline, but nestled amongst the great lochs such as Loch Lomand and Loch Long providing us with stunning views. But to search out a beach we took a drive to a small island called Bute. 

With our car packed with all the necessities for a day on the beach we travelled over the hills and around the great expanses of water on newly surfaced roads iced like great wedding cakes. The scenery unfolded, and held us in awe as every corner we turned provided us with more stunning scenery. We arrived at a small ferry crossing and with excitement of the memory of childhood ferry rides we boarded the car ferry. A short drive on the other side and we reached our destination of Ettrick Bay. The calm water glistened in the sun as we gazed out to the horizon with the peaks of the Isle of Arran in the distance. We spent the day as you would expect, we picnicked, built sand castles, ate ice cream and relaxed. The water itself was so calm and shallow that we could take a slightly water nervous three year old out far away from the beach and rebuild some confidence. We spotted tiny fish and crabs swimming through the clear water and later as the tide receded we searched in the pools and rocks that it left behind. 

It's hard to pick just one day out of the holiday, but if pushed I'd say that this was my favourite. My mum and Andy met us on their own trip to Scotland, and it felt good to be out exploring this beautiful place. As the day wore on to evening the dogs were let off leads and we watched as they bounded over the sand and through the water with sheer delight. If there was ever to be a perfect beach day, then I think we might have come very close. We left feeling happy with a warm glow, perhaps from our slightly pinked skin. 

We also were very happy to have a chance to test out Theo's new swimwear from Sunuva, which provided a UPV 50+ to protect his skin. We loved the design, and luckily for you they are currently in the sale! And his jellies made for the perfect rock pool searching accessory! 

We were sent the swimwear as a gift for review, but all words and thoughts are my own! 

Postcards from Scotland 3


So much Scotland still to come. I've been slow, non-existent, once more on this blog. Illness and no free time has kept me from updating, even though there are thoughts, ideas and a huge amount of photographs, stories and memories I want to share, finding the time to commit and write them out is increasingly tricky. 

I feel as though I kind of want to run away, hide and forget about it all, but here I am once more with excuses. No one is making me write and share but myself, I have no one to answer to, but still I feel guilty. So I'm sorry. 

But back to Scotland, and the most magnificent drive from Glasgow to our holiday cottage, through pouring rain, winding roads and misty hills. We were joined by my sister and Paul for the remainder of our holiday exploring the lochs and hills around us. Even though the weather was a shock from the previous months of sunshine we weren't disappointed as it made for some spectacular scenery. It was good. I long to go back! 

Postcards from Scotland 3


So much Scotland still to come. I've been slow, non-existent, once more on this blog. Illness and no free time has kept me from updating, even though there are thoughts, ideas and a huge amount of photographs, stories and memories I want to share, finding the time to commit and write them out is increasingly tricky. 

I feel as though I kind of want to run away, hide and forget about it all, but here I am once more with excuses. No one is making me write and share but myself, I have no one to answer to, but still I feel guilty. So I'm sorry. 

But back to Scotland, and the most magnificent drive from Glasgow to our holiday cottage, through pouring rain, winding roads and misty hills. We were joined by my sister and Paul for the remainder of our holiday exploring the lochs and hills around us. Even though the weather was a shock from the previous months of sunshine we weren't disappointed as it made for some spectacular scenery. It was good. I long to go back! 

postcards from Scotland 2


After our long journey up the length of the country we spent a lazy morning with family, before heading off to catch a train into the centre of Glasgow. The weather once more was kind and lit up the whole city, matching the optimism and welcome of the place for the Commonwealth games. 

We walked around the bustling centre soaking up the atmosphere. Glasgow is full of absolutely beautiful architecture, it's definitely a place to have to remember to look up in. After a few hours we headed out to quieter parts, to catch a ferry across the Clyde to the amazing Riverside Museum. We spent the rest of the afternoon shading from the sun, pressing buttons, riding on pretend bikes and taking in the impressive structure of the museum itself. We just had time to enjoy and ice cream and some chips sitting on the pop up beach just outside before heading home again.

The next day Rob and I headed into Glasgow early, leaving Theo to play all day with second cousins to his hearts desire. We had tickets to watch the swimming, and took the opportunity to have a little day to ourselves. The venue was out of the city, which gave us yet another glimpse of the beautiful city. The pool was set in a grand park with views stretching back over Glasgow. The swimming itself was great, full of excitement and pride, and great to get swept up in the support for local competitors. 

After the event finished we made our way back into the centre to find somewhere for lunch and stumbled upon a great tapas place. We walked around a little more, before our tired legs and sun warmed skin made us retreat back home for an evening with a house filled with people. 

Glasgow, you were beautiful, and even though I have only visited twice, we are determined to return once more to spend a little more time exploring! 

postcards from Scotland 2


After our long journey up the length of the country we spent a lazy morning with family, before heading off to catch a train into the centre of Glasgow. The weather once more was kind and lit up the whole city, matching the optimism and welcome of the place for the Commonwealth games. 

We walked around the bustling centre soaking up the atmosphere. Glasgow is full of absolutely beautiful architecture, it's definitely a place to have to remember to look up in. After a few hours we headed out to quieter parts, to catch a ferry across the Clyde to the amazing Riverside Museum. We spent the rest of the afternoon shading from the sun, pressing buttons, riding on pretend bikes and taking in the impressive structure of the museum itself. We just had time to enjoy and ice cream and some chips sitting on the pop up beach just outside before heading home again.

The next day Rob and I headed into Glasgow early, leaving Theo to play all day with second cousins to his hearts desire. We had tickets to watch the swimming, and took the opportunity to have a little day to ourselves. The venue was out of the city, which gave us yet another glimpse of the beautiful city. The pool was set in a grand park with views stretching back over Glasgow. The swimming itself was great, full of excitement and pride, and great to get swept up in the support for local competitors. 

After the event finished we made our way back into the centre to find somewhere for lunch and stumbled upon a great tapas place. We walked around a little more, before our tired legs and sun warmed skin made us retreat back home for an evening with a house filled with people. 

Glasgow, you were beautiful, and even though I have only visited twice, we are determined to return once more to spend a little more time exploring! 

Postcards from Scotland


We set off for Scotland with the morning already warmed from the early sun, set to cover nearly 400 miles in one day. We loaded the car with belongings, snacks and stories with a broken fan and no air conditioning. 

As we drove the long roads up our beautiful country the sun shone over the rolling countryside that eventually turned into dales and peaks. Theo dozed in the car as we passed cities and towns, forests and parks. 

The further North we travelled the more excited we became to see signs to cities so well known but that we have yet to visit. We made a mental list and promise to return to explore and stay at beckoning places such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester. I would happily drive up the big open roads again, and journey across the country to visit these places. First on our list is Newcastle, we know so little about this city but would happily stay in one of Newcastle's Travelodges as a base to explore this great city. 

After a few hours of driving we decided to stop once we reached the Lake district, after being teased by the unfurling landscape. We stopped at a National Trust at the edge of the National Park, had a picnic by the waters edge and cooled off with ice cream. After a lounge and a game of hide and seek or two we headed back on the road for the final stretch to Scotland. The roads were wide and empty and driving them became a pleasure as we were all kept silent by the beautiful views rushing by. 

We eventually made it, hot, tired and just a bit sweaty to family in Glasgow, which would be our base for city exploring for the next few days. 


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Postcards from Scotland


We set off for Scotland with the morning already warmed from the early sun, set to cover nearly 400 miles in one day. We loaded the car with belongings, snacks and stories with a broken fan and no air conditioning. 

As we drove the long roads up our beautiful country the sun shone over the rolling countryside that eventually turned into dales and peaks. Theo dozed in the car as we passed cities and towns, forests and parks. 

The further North we travelled the more excited we became to see signs to cities so well known but that we have yet to visit. We made a mental list and promise to return to explore and stay at beckoning places such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester. I would happily drive up the big open roads again, and journey across the country to visit these places. First on our list is Newcastle, we know so little about this city but would happily stay in one of Newcastle's Travelodges as a base to explore this great city. 

After a few hours of driving we decided to stop once we reached the Lake district, after being teased by the unfurling landscape. We stopped at a National Trust at the edge of the National Park, had a picnic by the waters edge and cooled off with ice cream. After a lounge and a game of hide and seek or two we headed back on the road for the final stretch to Scotland. The roads were wide and empty and driving them became a pleasure as we were all kept silent by the beautiful views rushing by. 

We eventually made it, hot, tired and just a bit sweaty to family in Glasgow, which would be our base for city exploring for the next few days. 


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thirty - one / fifty - two

So I've officially given up trying to even bother choosing one picture, and I kind of like having a selection that show different moments in the week, and the places we ventured to. 

A few photographs from our week exploring the wilds of Scotland, paddling bravely in Lochs, exploring great forests and gardens and breathing the fresh air deep into our lungs. 

So as of this week, I'm back! I finally feel ready to take the plunge back into blog land and rescue this little space from the murky deep from where it lay resting. There's so much to share and write about, and I need to use this space to keep me inspired. It's been great taking the time away from it, as more and more it became a chore and not a treat to keep writing posts. I aim to keep up my regular(ish!) features of my treasure hunting finds, some montessori inspired activities and our weekly family jaunts around Bristol. There's so much to share about our big house move and renovation, our trip to Scotland and more exciting things coming up! So if there's any of you still here reading this, then a big thank you, and I promise to be a little more exciting very soon. 

thirty - one / fifty - two

So I've officially given up trying to even bother choosing one picture, and I kind of like having a selection that show different moments in the week, and the places we ventured to. 

A few photographs from our week exploring the wilds of Scotland, paddling bravely in Lochs, exploring great forests and gardens and breathing the fresh air deep into our lungs. 

So as of this week, I'm back! I finally feel ready to take the plunge back into blog land and rescue this little space from the murky deep from where it lay resting. There's so much to share and write about, and I need to use this space to keep me inspired. It's been great taking the time away from it, as more and more it became a chore and not a treat to keep writing posts. I aim to keep up my regular(ish!) features of my treasure hunting finds, some montessori inspired activities and our weekly family jaunts around Bristol. There's so much to share about our big house move and renovation, our trip to Scotland and more exciting things coming up! So if there's any of you still here reading this, then a big thank you, and I promise to be a little more exciting very soon. 

twenty-nine / fifty-two & thirty / fifty-two

It's been a while since I posted anything at all, and the first time that I've missed posting a week of the 52. So I thought once more that I would post a little visual journey of our last few weeks.

The weather has been glorious, with afternoons spent in the paddling pool and frolicking round National Trust's. The weather followed us up to Scotland for a few days as we explored Glasgow but turned a little wetter as we've continued up into the wilds as we explore Lochs and mountains

We've got a week left of holiday, and I've been taking photos galore and can't wait to share our adventures with you! Normal service will (hopefully resume very soon!) 

twenty-nine / fifty-two & thirty / fifty-two

It's been a while since I posted anything at all, and the first time that I've missed posting a week of the 52. So I thought once more that I would post a little visual journey of our last few weeks.

The weather has been glorious, with afternoons spent in the paddling pool and frolicking round National Trust's. The weather followed us up to Scotland for a few days as we explored Glasgow but turned a little wetter as we've continued up into the wilds as we explore Lochs and mountains

We've got a week left of holiday, and I've been taking photos galore and can't wait to share our adventures with you! Normal service will (hopefully resume very soon!)