29 August 2014

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! 

25 August 2014

Greenman


Ah Greenman, my favourite festival of them all. Returning this year for my fourth visit, and with Rob and Theo in tow this year meant it was going to be different from all the rest. 

We set off from Bristol on Thursday evening, taking the scenic routes over the mountains with views that were competing to those of our recent Scottish adventure. We luckily missed the earlier downpours over the festival, but ended up setting up the tent in the dark...not so ideal. But we eventually made our beds and tucked in, adjusting to the colder air and sleeping outside. 

We awoke bright and early (waaay to early) the next morning and explored our camp. We journeyed back to the car, hiring a trolley along the way to transport the rest of our things, and set about making a much needed cooked breakfast before heading into the main arena. We made a beeline for the kids field, where we spent the rest of the morning in the Alice in Wonderland themed field, making music, crafting and watching hilariously funny performances from the excellent Flying Seagull Project also a brilliant charity. I've never really had the excuse to go and hang out in the kids field before, but I'm so very glad I did! There's so much going on and to do, I'm kind of jealous I'm not a kid anymore! 

We spent the morning hanging out then went to explore the rest of the site, making camp by the main stage and exploring the beautiful grounds. The weather held out and not a drop of rain fell on our heads, thank goodness.  

There's many more photos and memories so stay tuned! 

22 August 2014

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! 
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