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Applecross & Rothiemurchus

10 Jun

As I’m just back from my holiday I don’t have much crafting planned for this week – so this week’s “The Week Ahead” will instead be more of a “The Week Just Gone”!

So we started off our summer adventure by heading off to Applecross, on the west coast of Scotland, for three nights at the campsite.  Applecross is legendary amongst the more adventurous traveller due to the remoteness of the beautiful bay which is seen as the reward to those brave enough to drive over the mountain pass to get there!  The road to Applecross, known as “the Pass of the Cattle” takes you on a single track mountainous trek up Bealach Na Ba which towers 2053 feet above the coast.

Courtesy of Google Maps - A street view of the pass

Courtesy of Google Maps – A street view of the pass

Although I wasn’t the one doing the driving, I can say that the stress of the road was well worth it!  The coast of Applecross lay before us as we came down the other side of the mountain and we were greeted by a beautiful campsite overlooking the bay.  We spent our time travelling to Skye and going on some picturesque walks in the area.  The local pub, the Applecross Inn also served up the best fish and chips I’ve ever had!

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Instead of braving the mountain pass again, we decided to take the coastal road north of Applecross which also offered up stunning views of the peninsula.  Our next stop would be Rothiemurchus, just outside Aviemore, where we would be spending another three nights at our usual haunt – camping in the woods.  We visit Rothiemurchus every year and I always feel at home when the tent is pitched and I can sit in my chair by the stream with my knitting!

As we’d been to Rothiemurchus so often, we had a slower paced few days with a trip to the Highland Wildlife Park and some lazy walks.  I even managed to squeeze in a massage at the local Thai Lodge 🙂

It’s always good to get back to a proper bed after a camping trip but it was a lovely break and I think it’s going to take a day or two for me to get back to my usual working pace!

Coming up this week – on Wednesday I will be sharing a couple of photos from our trip to the wildlife park.

The Week Ahead – “Summer” Holidays!

27 May

I am writing this on Sunday afternoon after having spent the weekend trying to tidy up my jungle of a garden.  It’s still far from perfect but I’m absolutely knackered so that will have to do for now!  I’m definitely not much of a gardener but seeing as my neighbours on either side have immaculate gardens (they’re both retired so have all the time in the world to potter about outside) I felt like I was letting down the neighbourhood with my weedy mess.

Applecross Bay

Applecross Bay by L Grove

Next weekend however we will be getting ready to head off on our Summer holidays!  We’re not jetting off abroad, but instead driving up to Applecross (on the west coast of Scotland on the mainland across from Skye) for a few days of camping, before heading towards the highlands for a couple of days in Rothiemurchus.  I really can’t wait – we’ve had a busy and emotional few months so it’ll be nice to get a break and some peace and quiet.  Depending on the weather we’re hoping to be able to sit on the beach at night (albeit wrapped up in jumpers) with a bucket barbeque and a bottle of wine while the sun goes down.

This week I’m not planning on doing too much on The Candy Tree.  2013-05-26 15.18.36I’ve been working on a dragonfly cross stitch piece and have a new Red & Black Chunky Beaded Necklace but I doubt either of these will be in the shop before I go.  My shop will remain open while I’m away and I should get some internet access to answer any queries.  Any ready to post orders received up to Saturday afternoon (GMT) on 1st June will be posted as normal before I head off, whereas any made to order/custom orders will be dealt with on my return on Saturday 8th June.

So you won’t hear much from me next week apart from a Thursday Feature which I’ve already scheduled.  However I’ll share some photos of our trip the week after.

Yurting in Winter

29 Jan

This may sound a little mad, but my partner and I are just back from a mini getaway – staying in a yurt in the woods just outside Elgin.  It averaged about zero degrees, there was snow, rain, wind and ice, but we still managed to have a wonderful time.  Our yurt was situated in Aldroughty Woods and is owned by Marius, who is wonderfully friendly and hospitable and went the extra mile to ensure that we had a pleasant break.  Our yurt had everything we could possibly need, and more!  It was fully kitted out with candles, games, CDs, a fruit basket (which also happened to include my favourite chocolate!), an endless supply of wood for our stove and the warmest, cosiest, most comfortable bed I have ever slept in!

It was the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding towns and countryside.  We visited the aquarium at Macduff, looked out for dolphins at Spey Bay (unfortunately the tide was out so none were to be seen), wandered around the sleepy coastal town of Lossiemouth, and even went on a day trip to Aberdeen where we explored the maritime museum.

It was such a relaxing, slow-paced holiday – mainly because it took about half an hour to boil the kettle for a cup of tea! – but once the stove was roaring, the wine was poured and the cards dealt, it was bliss!

If you ever get the chance to visit Elgin I highly recommend you stay at Aldroughty Woods!  The website for full details can be found at http://www.aldroughtywoods.co.uk/