After over a month of not bothering to blog, tonight is the night that I make an appearance! It was quite nice to have the break, get on with things and not having to worry about typing up a post every other night.
So what have I been doing for the past month I hear you ask…? No… Oh.
I’ve been on a mini break to the Cairngorms for Jaimie’s 29th were we spent everyday visiting distilleries, although we did manage to fit in a reindeer feeding sesh, which was amazing! Spent plenty of time in the sun whether it be at a beach or just sunbathing in the back garden, BBQ’s with my best chums, going out for dinner with the family and extended family, bike rides, shopping, dying my hair many colours, antique shopping, drinking pinas coldadas, driving a car, faking it, bird watching, booking holiday’s, Castle visits, boat trips, visiting museums & Jubilee fun.
I think that’s it…!
I will now bore you with some pictures of my last month.
I’m hoping that I will keep this more regular, not daily but definitely not monthly.
On Sunday it was time for Jaimie and myself to pack up and hit the road to Dornoch (yippee!). We hired a car from the Sunday until Wednesday (today) and the first port of call was for Jaimie’s bungee jump up in Killiecrankie with Highland Fling. I have picked up a deal on Groupon a few months back as his birthday present and Sunday was the big day! Jaimie had been so nervous about doing the jump and I didn’t help by egging him on, BUT he did manage it and I was oh so proud of him; although as he jumped his left trainer went flying into the river never to be seen again(!). Once the jump was completed we drove to Dornoch Castle Hotel and Jaimie had to do so in his socks (luckily he had his smart shoes with him…). It took us a few hours to get there from Killiecrankie and we arrived at the hotel for 5:30pm, checked in and we made ourselves comfortable in our room; which was MASSIVE! We were on the 3rd floor and had a lovely view of the garden and also received a free bottle of wine on arrival, it was £99 for the two nights with breakfast included (another deal I snapped up, this time from KGB). Dinner was booked for 7:30, so we headed down to the bar for our (free!) bottle of wine and ordered our meal, I had the cauliflower and almond soup to start with, for main it was sirloin steak and pudding was tiramisu, we also had canapés before our starters arrived. Dinner was amazing and afterwards we were so tried and full that we went to bed super early!
On the Monday (which was our first full day) we had big plans! Falls Of Shin in the morning and then off to Dunrobin Castle; now this plan didn’t go as how we would have liked it, due to Jaimie not listening to my instructions and we ended up at the top of Scotland after 2 hours of going in the wrong direction(!). After the ‘small’ hiccup we were on the right track and arrived at Dunrobin Castle, which looks like a fairytale castle and I would like to live there please, sadly you were not allowed to take photographs inside, but if you are ever in that neck of the woods it’s a must see! We drove home after that and went on the hunt for dinner and that night we drove to Tain for a chippie, it wasn’t the greatest but it hit the spot. We also had a wee walk along the beach in Dornoch.
On Tuesday we woke up had breakfast, packed up, checked out and drove to Dalmore distillery were we had a meeting with some whisky! Jaimie LOVES his whisky so whenever we are away and there is a distillery we go on a tour. Now the tour didn’t last too long, but we got to see the usual things you see on one of these tours, at the end however is my favourite part as that’s when you get to taste the whisky and have a couple if drams! When we left Dalmore we drove to Balvenie Castle which is one of the Historic Scotland castles so we didn’t have to pay, got up and close to some Highland Cooooows! Then we hit up another castle, Huntley Castle which was a favourite of mine, we did a little bit of bird watching in the forms of sparrows flying to and from their nests that they had built inside the castle walls.
We had a very loooooooooooong drive home yesterday and got into Edinburgh at 9pm, glad to be back in my own bed, but sad that the holiday is over with. I now just have to look forward to my time away in September!
Last week was a big week for Jaimie’s little sister Kirsty and her boyfriend Calum as they graduated from Aberty University. We arrived on the Wednesday and the graduation was on the Thursday, so we had a nice little day visiting Discovery the day before the main event! It was a lovely day for the graduation, a little bit windy and there was a small shower, but all in all it was sunny and everyone was in high spirits. The graduation was held in Caird Hall in the centre of town which is a lovely grand building, we managed to get decent seats and sat and clapped every student for about an hour and a half, but whooped and cheered when it was Kirsty’s turn to be ‘capped’.
Afterwards it was time for the graduates to get their pictures taken and for me and Jaimie to head to the champagne reception. We stayed outside the hall for about and hour and then it was time to go for the family lunch (which included Calums family) at a mediterranean restaurant and had some of the best food I have had in a long time! Once lunch was over and done with we popped back to Kirsty and Calum’s for some drinks and cake, but by this time I was shattered and went into sleepy mode, luckily we were getting the train home that night as I needed my own bed!
Whilst In Dundee for Kirsty’s (Jaimie’s little sister) graduation we went to visit Discovery, which is a big ol’ ship that went on an expedition Antarctica for research and suchlike. It was a HORRIBLE day on which we went, heavy rain and thunder so we dried off when walking around the museum section and got drenched (again) when we went out to the ship. You don’t get to walk around every area of Discovery as some of the rooms are used for storage, but it’s quite nice inside, you get a feel of what it would have been like to be on the ship back in the day. When we purchased out tickets we were given a free pass for the year, which we have given to Kirsty and Calum as they live in Dundee and wouldn’t really be use to us. But if you ever find yourself in Dundee, go for a wee visit!
I LOVE Cream O’ Galloway ice cream and when me and Jaimie were away on our mini break to Dumfries and Galloway we knew we HAD to go to the farm where they make it (and have an adventure playground). When we arrived we headed straight to where they sell the ice cream, they had a crazy selection of flavours. We both got 3 scoops each, Jaimie’s was in a tub and I had a waffle cone, ‘sadly’ my cone cracked so I got another cone which was placed over the cracked cone ( I HAD A DOUBLER, AMAZE!), I chose strawberry, rum & coconut and chocolate, Jaimie’s choices were gingerbread, banana & chocolate and whisky and oats. THEY WERE DELISH! We sat outside in the sunshine and munched away, while we were sitting eating our treats Jaimie noticed that there was a group of people waiting to go and visit some lambs, I wasn’t sure if we could make it onto the tour but as luck would have it we could! We had a small introduction to the lambs and their mummy’s… Then we got to hold the youngest lamb (only 3 days old!), I FELL IN LOVE and desperately wanted to take it home with me but, Jaimie told me that I wasn’t allowed *sad face*.
Last weekend myself and Jaimie took a little trip to Dumfries and Galloway to do a lil’ Castle (and Abbey) bagging. What is castle bagging I hear you ask (…)? It’s basiclly touring lots of Castle’s…
As J and myself are Historic Scotland members we get into any of there sites for free (but pay a small monthly fee to HS for our membership).
Jaimie had hired a car which made it a lot easier for us to get about as I don’t think we would have got to see half of the places if we had to use public transport!
Anyway’s, we had a great time and the weather was fabby! So now I’ll bore you with some pictures, if I could remember the names of the Castles and Abbey’s I would tell you, but alas I cannot. To visit one of them we had to get a wee boat(!). We also had a look at an abandoned church and an old Mill House, so it’s not all Castle’s and Abbey’s!
I have had to divide the posts into 3 so I can show all the pictures I want to! We visited Castle’s, Abbey’s, Old Mill House, Cream O’ Galloway and The National Costume Museum (hence the divide).
(Phew! Thank god thanks over with I hear you cry!)
I picked up a couple of things when we were down in Nottingham from Primark/Duty Free and a few things today from New Look and here they are!
HOH Super Suspenders
Jeepers Peepers Sunglasses