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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2022

Well this was a long time coming. When my friends (Wendy & Steph) and I got back from Belladrum 2019 (see earlier post) we bought tickets for Belladrum 2020. The tickets go on sale almost immediately after the last festival. So without knowing who the acts were going to be we bought the tickets. We… Continue reading Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2022

50th Birthday Trip part 4 – Loch Lomond

Part 1 link, Part 2 link and Part 3 link Sunday 5th June – We travelled across from Gleneagles to Drymen, near Loch Lomond. My husband had booked us into a fabulous Glamping Cabin, called Elysium, which was amazing. It had an outside seating area, outside woodburning stove and even an outside bathtub! Inside the… Continue reading 50th Birthday Trip part 4 – Loch Lomond

50th Birthday Trip part 3 – Glasgow and Gleneagles

Part 1 link and Part 2 link Friday 3rd June – I was an hour late leaving Susan’s to head to Glasgow, but the traffic wasn’t too bad so my husband, who had caught the train down to meet me, didn’t have to wait too long. He went to the pub so it wasn’t a… Continue reading 50th Birthday Trip part 3 – Glasgow and Gleneagles

50th Birthday Trip part 2 – Cheshire

Part 1 link Tuesday 31st May – After meeting my parent’s for lunch I drove to near Northwich, Cheshire, where my friend Susan lives. I met Susan when I was in my early 20s. A guy that I fancied introduced us, I remember he said “I think you’ll really like Susan”. He was right, I… Continue reading 50th Birthday Trip part 2 – Cheshire

50th Birthday Trip part 1 – Wirral and North Wales

The good thing about having a blog, or blogs in my case, is that they are a great way to record something that you may want to look back on in future years. Ahead of my 50th birthday I wanted to visit some friends ‘back home’ and see my parents. I already had some plans… Continue reading 50th Birthday Trip part 1 – Wirral and North Wales

First paddle of 2022

Some paddling friends and I went to Loch Achilty today for the first paddle of the year. It was about 15⁰C and a cool breeze and my winter wetsuit was plenty warm enough, in fact maybe too warm…but dipping my hands in the water cooled me down. There were some wild swimmers just leaving and… Continue reading First paddle of 2022

Western Isles Holiday – Isle of Lewis – part 3 inc a return to the Isle of Harris and visit to Great Bernera

If you missed part 1 or part 2 you may want to check those first. On Thursday we had a more relaxed day and less driving time. I was feeling quite exhausted and my sinus issue and cough are still hanging around from when I had Covid. In our unofficial quest to tick off as… Continue reading Western Isles Holiday – Isle of Lewis – part 3 inc a return to the Isle of Harris and visit to Great Bernera

Western Isles Holiday – Isle of Lewis – part 2 incl Isle of Harris

Following on from yesterday’s part 1 post… On Tuesday we headed down to the Isle of Harris. Now it’s a little confusing because Lewis and Harris are on the same island. To me it looks like the flatter, peat bog area has been called Lewis and the mountains and miles of huge boulders has been… Continue reading Western Isles Holiday – Isle of Lewis – part 2 incl Isle of Harris

Western Isles Holiday – Isle of Lewis – part 1

Way back in April 2019 we found a holiday cottage on the Isle of Lewis that looked to be in a gorgeous location but it was fully booked for that year so we booked for March 2020. Little did we know a global pandemic would have us move the holiday so many times. Finally last… Continue reading Western Isles Holiday – Isle of Lewis – part 1

Two day SUP skills course

You would think when the weather is cooler, water temperatures are dropping and the clocks are changing, the end of October is not a good time for doing a 2 day course on paddleboarding. However, during the summer months the instructors are busy, the lochs are flooded with tourists and there’s limited parking and the… Continue reading Two day SUP skills course