Tag: Scotland

We're going on a Road Trip!

Here’s one-year-old T, keeping herself busy with a Cbeebies magazine.  We also brought loads of her favourite picture books, toys which we would give to her every time she became impatient during the very-long-road trip. At that age, she also loved “In the Night Garden” and would listen to the soundtrack again and again, which drove us mad, but seemed to calm her down.

The last time we went on a road trip was after little T turned one.  We travelled all the way from Cornwall-Bristol-Birmingham-Chester-The Lake District and finally to a small cabin near the woods in Loch Awe, Scotland.  And on our way back to England, we dropped by Heptonstall in Yorkshire to visit my favourite American poet’s grave, Sylvia Plath.

And here’s our little cabin by the woods in a tiny little village called Dalavich.  This was our home for ten days.  Yes, it rained A LOT, but we also had sunshiny days, enough for us to be able to explore that area of Scotland.  We even managed a ferry trip from Oban!

Our next trip will be from Cornwall to Dover and take a ferry to Calais.  From there we drive to Picardy, where we’re booked to stay in a villa at Eurocamp for ten days.  Since little T is starting school this September, we also decided to take her to Disneyland in Paris.  It will be her first time (mine too!) so we’re really looking forward to that!

I love the countryside (anywhere in the world) so the plan is to explore as much French countryside as we can and also do a day-trip to Belgium and Germany.  But we’ll see what happens when we get there. One thing we learned from our last road-trip is to be prepared for plans to unravel (especially when travelling with a little one).  Like that time Scotland, when we were on our way to catch a train to see the Scottish Highlands and little T vomited all over her fleecy.  While we did bring change of clothing for her, we didn’t have an extra fleecy or cardigan she could wear under her coat.  This is Scotland folks, while it was early Autumn when we were there, it was still too cold to travel around with a just a coat on. So we changed our plans and decided to go to Oban and buy her a new fleecy.  But it turned out to be a nice day-out for us after all in spite the change of plans – that’s when we decided to hop on a ferry to see Balamory, but we didn’t have the time to get off.  It was really just a ferry-ride and see What’s-the-strory-in-Balamory-wouldn’t-you-like-to-know from afar.

My word of the week is therefore – excited! And what makes this road-trip even more special and exciting is that I have two family members whom I’m really close to, coming all the way from home, to join us in this road-trip –  double-triple-quadruple-yay!

So the first week of July will probably be spent showing my lovely family around Cornwall.  By then they would’ve had a few days in London and in Bath (they love Jane Austen).  Then we drive off to France for ten days!

Are you going somewhere nice over the holidays too?

Do you also enjoy road-trips like I do?

This post is linked up with #WOTW and #PoCoLo

Have a lovely weekend folks!

A Cornish Gnome in Scotland

We went on our first road trip as a family in 2011, all the way from Cornwall to Scotland.  We didn’t go straight to our destination though, we stopped at different places to stay with close friends in Bristol and Birmingham.  Then we visited Chesire and the Lake District before heading to stay for ten days in a cute and cosy log cabin by the woods near the spectacular Loch Awe in Scotland.

What do I remember about the place?  As expected, it rained a lot.  But the landscape was absolutely stunning!  It’s been more than two years now since we last visited and I’m still in love with the breathtaking scenery of Scotland.  We hope to visit again soon.

This photo was taken in the chapel of Dunstaffnage Castle near Oban, both the castle and chapel dates back to the 13th century. Can you spot the Cornish gnome, though really, she should be called a Devononian gnome, since she was born in Exeter, my husband though is adamant that she is Cornish.  Little T was about thirteen months old then.

I remember that day very well.  We went to see Oban for the first time and then it started raining.  On our way back to our house by the woods, it suddenly stopped!  So we decided to make a detour and visit the historical ruin and I’m glad we did because the place is a must-visit when in the area.  I prefer visiting crumbling ruins than restored and recreated ones.  For me there is more romance and mystery than a rehabilitated one, don’t you agree?

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s What’s The Story.

Hope everyone has a lovely week ahead of them!