Without going into loads of detail and reasons why, I decided to take myself off for a wee break to Scotland. My heart is always drawn to Scotland. I am English born and bred but my parents and the rest of the clan are all Scottish and I have many fond memories of taking trips and short holidays up there when I was younger to stay with relatives. I especially loved it near the coast and one of my Aunts had a house that overlooked the sea and I would love to watch the big boats and fishing vessels coming in to shore. I loved the smell too. Salty, fresh, sea air. I also have fond memories of Red Cola and Macaroon bars and my Granny would make an extra effort to buy fresh rolls and jam from the local bakers whenever we stayed at her house.
So, feeling very brave, I went off on my own. The first time in a long time that I have been on my own, without husband and children chattering and squawking and fighting and pestering. No responsibilities but to look after number one. Just for a few days. Only a few days. It would give me time to pray and seek God and time to think and time to just be me.
The journey took a little longer as there were delays on some of the motorways but eventually I arrived at my destination; a beautiful little cottage surrounded by forests and hills, situated just a mile from the beach. The place is situated along the Solway Firth and boasts some lovely beaches and spectacular views.
The cottage was immaculately kept and boasted two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. I would definitely go back there again. The name of it is Bracken Cottage.
I spent some of my time wandering down to local beaches.
This was my favourite beach as it had so many rock pools and a lot of seaglass. I collected a lot of it and when my husband and kids did come for a one night visit they spent a good time collecting as much as they could find as well.
One night I went and found this lovely shell art mermaid someone had made.
This was a sweet little fishing village with so many shells. Gosh I have never seen so many shells.
This was another small town along the coast. I took the coastal route and there were a few interesting features on the way.
This straw man for one... He was huge.
Then there was Dundrennan Abbey. I didn't stop. I wish I had now.
And then into Kircudbright. You pronounce it Kir koo bree.
There were cows on the beach.
Most of the time I stayed home and read and stitched.
I started this book which was a GoodReads win from one of their giveaways.
Each of the chapters is named after a plant or flower with it's meaning or what it symbolises. I came across this:
Stitching wise I managed to get a fair bit done.
I finished this:
And nearly finished this:
Stitch Every Day
Hands On Designs
I made a few friends:
but generally kept myself to myself.
I had a good time.
Now I am back.
Happy to be home again.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate every one of you. I will be back soon with a new crochet project just in time for Autumn. Stay tuned!