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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/

Hunting for Conkers

18 Oct

I haven’t gone conker hunting since I was little and this year I have decided to try and find some, mainly for nostalgia’s sake, but I thought I could try and make beads out of them as well.

For the past couple of weekends I’ve been out searching for them amongst the trees near my house, but to be honest I’m not even sure what the right trees look like!  I might still be a little early as the leaves have only just started to fall, but we did find evidence of conker shells on the ground, already torn to pieces by the squirrels.

Last weekend we continued the hunt with a walk around Almondell Country Park.  Unfortunately I came home empty handed but managed to get a couple of nice photos with my phone.  I just love the autumnal colours and wearing my wellies meant I could go splashing through the mud and puddles as well!

The hunt continues this weekend…hopefully those pesky squirrels haven’t already pinched them all!

Back to The New Forest

12 Sep

I recently went back to The New Forest for a week of beautiful sunshine.

We really tried to make the most of our time and below is a slideshow of the photos I took from my phone.  We visited Beaulieu Motor Museum (which has fantastic James Bond and Top Gear exhibits), Winchester, Salisbury (where I got a photo of Stone Henge through the fence as we drove past) and Poole which is right on the south coast.

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As always, the week passed so quickly but I’m sure we’ll be back to visit again soon!