Wallace Monument.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely Laura from O’Leary PR asking if I would be interested in visiting The National Wallace Monument in Stirling, I of course said yes (Me and the OH had been meaning to visit for years!). The last time I was there was when I was 11 years old and my cousin Ross was visiting from Australia (J had never been!).

The day finally came (last Saturday) and we made our way through to Stirling, the drive there wasn’t too bad and when we arrived there was a chill in the air but it was sunny, which for me is a perfect winters day.

As I mentioned previously, the last time I visited The National Wallace Monument I was 11 years old and when we visited all those years ago you were able to park right outside The Monument on top of the hill, however nowadays they have a wonderful gift shop, cafe and car park.  You have two options on how you get up the The Wallace Monument, you can either head up there by foot or take the shuttle bus that they provide, me and J decided to walk up (this was to be my exercise for the week!).

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As you make your way up there are a few viewing areas where you can go to take some pictures and take in the beautiful view. When we made it to the top we were again greeted with stunning views and of course the beautiful landmark that is The National Wallace Monument.

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Once we had taken 30 odd pictures we finally made our way inside and were greeted by the warm and welcoming staff who provided me with our tickets and a voucher for 2 complimentary hot drinks at The Legends Coffee House with compliments from Stirling Tourism Board, we then we started our journey up the 246(!) steps…

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There are 3 different rooms over 3 floors and then you have the crown (the very top of the monument). The first room you enter is the The Hall of Arms, in this room you will be able to find out William Wallace’s early life and also learn about the Battle at Stirling Bridge. In this room you will also see some armour (which is extremely heavy!) and the beautiful stained glass windows, which were flooded with sunlight.

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On the next floor you come to the Hall of Heros, this room features 15 marble busts and one bronze bust, you may not always recognise the bust but you will most likely recognise their names (Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns & James Watt to name a few!). However the best part of this room is Wallace’s sword, which stands at 5ft 4ins and weighs 6.5lbs (to be exact!), it is housed in a glass case.

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The next room is The Royal Chamber and in the room you will find information on this Victorian building. There is also a jigsaw and ‘face in the hole,thingy’ (I clearly have no idea what they are called…) which is fun!

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And finally, the stairs lead you to The Crown which is a fantastic viewing platform at the top of The National Wallace Monument. The 360 degree view is absolutely stunning, we must have spent a good 20 minutes up there taking in the sights!
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We then descended the 246 stairs and the hill (complete with jelly legs!) to the Legends Coffee House to relax and have a coffee and hot chocolate which was much needed on that chilly day!
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To anyone who has never been, go! Get a bit of history in you and enjoy the beautiful views that Stirling has to offer. Both myself and the OH had a fantastic afternoon and will definitely be returning!

For directions, prices, opening times and info, please visit – http://www.nationalwallacemonument.com/ 

 

 

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Round Up.

Well hello there! It’s been a rather long time since I last posted anything on here and thought it was long overdue!

I’ve been very busy of late, mainly with work and gaining an active social life again!
In the past few months *we’ve managed to dine out (*we’ve includes J and my chums), my faves so far have been Five Guys & Rhubarb at Prestonfield House. A gift which was actually for my M&D, however they were both ill so me and J had to step in…
We’ve also enjoyed lunch at Clerk’s Bar and afternoon tea at Mimi’s.
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Now that I have my weekends free I am able to go out and enjoy myself, which in my previous job I hardly ever did! I’ve been on a few nights out with the work chums and I’ve been able to see more of my besties which has been wonderful! I’ve also been able to make more time for the family.
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I don’t have any exciting news to report as of yet, mainly because we’re only into the 2nd month of the year and so much is still to happen… Weddings upon weddings, stag do, hen do’s, decorating the house and hopefully managing a holiday (somewhere hot & sunny) with the Mr. But with all my money being spent on weddings I’m not sure if it will be feasible, we shall see!

I hoping not to neglect the blog as much as I have been and by typing up this short, yet boring post it might give me some inspo to continue.

I better get out of this bath now before I turn into a prune… (!).

Summer. Yey.

So, it is officially summer… We have had a few days of sunshine and heat which has been fantastic,  even as I type, I am laying in the garden getting my vitamin D!
This bout of good weather certainly makes for happier people. Sadly due to my shifts, when the weather is beautiful and I am off work I have no one to play with. Thankfully, Jaimie is on felxi time and he’s normally home at 3:30pm, this avo we have done a spot of shopping, are now relaxing on the grass and I have a glass of coconut rum & coke in hand with a bottle of Asti (my new fave drink) in the fridge for later… Mum and Dad will be popping along for a few glasses and a ‘chin wag’.

The best things about summer are the clothes, I can wear summer dresses, skirts, beautiful shoes and sometimes I don’t even wear a jacket(!) and also the FOOD, bbqs and a lot of salads are consumed (however, tonight will be steak) and with that, comes alfresco dining.

I’m hoping to get a lot of done in the summer months, including the garden, the house, mini trips and adventures with my man, family and best buddies! I just hope I can get some weekends off…

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Wedding Recption Fun Times.

Last Saturday we attended Jaimie’s friend Calum and his wife Fran’s wedding reception at The Balmoral, it was great fun and the bride and groom looked fantastic. It was nice for us to be able to dress up, have a night out and let our hair down as we don’t tend to do that very often as we’re old and now have a mortgage and a kitten (it wasn’t a late night however as I was working the next day).
Here is a few pictures of the evening, featuring the bride & groom, myself, Jaimie and his bbf Ally (and not forgetting the outfits!).

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Jaimie is wearing trousers and tie from George at ASDA, shirt from TKMaxx, shoes from Clarks and the navy velvet jacket was my grandads.

I’m wearing a dress from George at ASDA, shoes from ebay and the coat is from M&S.

Sassy Snowlady.

Friday it snowed. IT ACTUALLY SNOWED IN EDINBURGH. The weather women and men of the UK have been rambling on about us Scots getting some snow for weeks now and to say I was super happy when I noticed the first few flakes was an understatement(!).

Jaimie met me after work and we walked home together in what can only be described as a blizzard, that was great fun, although I did not enjoy inhaling snowflakes…

It snowed most of Friday night and on Saturday morning me and Jaimie got up and had a mini snowball fight before I started making my snowlady. She had started life as a he, just your typical snowman with stones for eyes and twigs for arms and mouth, I then decided he looked bare and though it would be nice to get him some accessories, in the form of a hat. So I nipped into the house and started to look out a hat, when I can across THE WIG, this was a £2 wig that I bought in ASDA during the Halloween season. Anyway’s… I took the wig, popped it on his (now her head) and thought that there was something missing, BOOBS! I sculpted her a pair of boobies and tada! I was left with some sassy snowlady and I obviously took lots of pictures.

I haven’t named her and I think it’s a bit late to do so, now that she has mostly melted away, but here are some pictures of her (and me).

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