16 September 2021

Scottish Road Trip

Actually it was a Scottish flying trip.  The last time we drove up, the weather was awful and the traffic was so busy that we said we wouldn't drive up again.  This year after flying and it not taking any less time or being any less stressful we decided that next time we would drive!!  Next time though we're going to split the drive over two days and see a bit of the Scottish borders on our way up.

The main reason for going, was to see friends who we haven't seen for two years (facetime doesn't count).

Oh my goodness I can't tell you how much it meant to actually hug these people once again.  I have missed their company so much.  We couldn't have managed without them all when we first came back from Houston.  They are a blessing.  They are our family.

We were only there for 5 days but there was so much laughter and joy I didn't want to leave them to come home.

We stayed up late chatting, we walked the dog around the Gordon Lennox estate, where used to walk Moss.


We made homemade pizza, in the pizza oven Mrs B's son built and met up with more friends. We walked along the beach at Cullen, we went out for a meal with friends and had a get together with my friends family.  We had hoped to get a pancake from Baxter's cafĂ© but the visitor's centre has been closed permanently, after having to close due to the pandemic.


Hubby and his pal popped to the shop for more wine and came back via his pal's old stomping ground in Buckie, whilst I spent the day with my friend Mrs S and her hubby.  It was so nice to catch up with them both.  Mr S is having some health issues at the moment so it was good to see him looking well.


All to soon it was time to fly home.  Plans have been made for a visit, from some of the Scottish Office, to us in October and I'm already planning next years trip.


I count myself very lucky to have friends like these.






9 September 2021

BASC Game Fair - Ragley Hall

On our first night at the lodge we found ourselves having dinner in the pub.  As you do when it's only a five minute walk down the lane.

We hadn't planned anything for the weekend so we surfed the net and found that the BASC Game Fair was being held that weekend at Ragley Hall.  It holds claim to being the largest Game Fair in the world and we could see why.

About a 2 hour trip from the lodge we made our way through beautiful villages and countryside to Ragley Hall.  

It was enormous and I mean enormous.  We've been to quite a few game fairs over the years but never anything on that scale.

There was everything from falconry to gundogs, ferrets to fishing plus any other outdoor country pursuits you could think of.



We messaged the Younger Male and asked him which colour Labrador he would like.  He of course said black.

Considering that there were approx 30,000 visitors over the three days, we didn't feel closed in or squashed.  The stall were close together but didn't seem to be full.  We got our lunch early to beat the rush and found a grassy place to sit and enjoy a coffee and cake.




My favourite thing of the day (apart from the Labradors) was the sculptures.  There are some really talented people out there.  It's a shame everything was well out of our price range.

 






I'm already looking at places to stay for next year.  

6 September 2021

Me on a Monday - 6 September 2021

Here we are again.  Back on a Monday.

Last week had two days left of the summer holidays then it was back to work on Wednesday.  By Friday I was thinking, "What six weeks holidays?"

I met my friend Miss M, in Waterstones, on Saturday for a long overdue catch up.  It's been two years since we met for a cuppa and it was as if we'd only seen each other last week.  That's a true friendship.

Thank you to the lovely staff in Waterstone's coffee shop who didn't mind us sitting there for four hours!! 

Have a great week.

TTFN.