Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Beach Crochet and more...

Ahhh, where does time go!

It's a roasting hot day here (for me anyway). N is having his nap, A is watching a little bit of telly - officially just to stay out the sun while it's at its hottest but really to let me try and finish off posting my holiday pics before N wakes up...

First off, a picture of one of the cannons in Kirkcudbright that A & N liked to play on...

...BOOM!

The nearby cherry bloosom was just starting to fall (we were here at the end of May).

Many of the houses are painted in funky colours. This one was a favourite of mine and A's.

I took my crochet with me so the African Flower blanket grew a little more. It's bigger again now, I've taken some more photos for another post soon.

As I mentioned in my last post I managed to get out for a couple of evening cycle rides while we were in Kirkcudbright. Here are the photos from my second ride which was down the eastern side of the bay.

A cow (seemingly with ten legs!)

The road passes right along the edge of the bay.

The sea and a distant lighthouse.

Bike shot.

There was lots of cow parsley lining the roads, and also many of these pretty purple flowers (which I'll need to look up to see what they are).

The sun starting to set.

After turning away from the sea the second part of the run was through woodland.

Here the road was lined for miles with wild garlic. The smell was delicious! Shortly after the woodland I was back "home".

On two occasions we cycled down with the children to the beach...

...Brighouse Bay.

Transport.

Seaweed and rocks.

If you look closely you can see A, N & hubby guddling on the beach. This gave me a chance to...

...crochet another African Flower for the blanket.

On another day we went to visit St Ninian's cave. This involves a walk through woodland...

... the first time I have ever seen a proper bluebell wood! I took loads of photos of it, it was just so beautiful. I'm being restrained and only posting one here though.

Oh well, here's another. You can also see more wild garlic here, again the smell was quite intoxicating. N loved collecting stones in his bucket so it took quite a long time to make our way through the woods, but finally...

...we could see the sea!

The view of the beach from St Ninian's cave.

We then went to Wigtown - Scotland's book town. In the past we have spent hours here browsing the bookshops, however, this time it was a more high speed zoom round with the children. We did find the playpark for them, it had a beautiful view of Wigtown bay and was surrounded by hawthorn bushes in full bloom.

We also went to Gatehouse of Fleet where the woods were again full of bluebells. It also had a charity shop, (rather few of them around here) where I found a large cream coloured ceramic pitcher perfect for summer flowers for £1, just what I'd been looking for. Unfortunately I dropped it while unpacking and it's ruined, grrr!

Right, I think that will do for the holiday photos. It's a lovely part of the country and well worth a visit, especially if you're lucky with the weather. We did have a nice time though on reflection it didn't seem especially relaxing - I think next time we'd hire a cottage/caravan right next to a beach rather than in the town.

I'm so behind with blogging, just busy recently with concerts, carnival days and birthdays. I'm off now to catch up with other blogs, see you soon!



18 comments:

Yiota said...

What a lovely holiday you had! I love all the scenery shots (of course!).
Your African flower blanket looks gorgeous! I tried to crochet a bit on Sunday, but it was so hot the yarn got stuck between my fingers!
'See' you soon!
xo

Jackie said...

It looks like you all had a wonderful time ~ some very lovely photos too :O) x

Cathy said...

Ah Gatehouse of Fleet brings back lovely memories from many years hence. I love the Scottish Borders. I really love that photo of the wild garlic along the lane. It is so springlike, and also that wonderful one of the pink and white buildings. All your pix are gorgeous as usual. Makes me want to down tools and head up North this very minute. PS The African Flower blanket is looking very good.

The Garden Bell said...

It's always such a treat to go for a ride with you. I have missed not stopping by more often. I mean where else would I see a ten legged cow. Such great pictures here and some A.F.s to boot.

I'll be along again for your next ride,

Kate - T.G.B.

Marie said...

You have taken some brilliant pictures, the scenery is stunning. It looks like you had a fab holiday......and your African flowers are coming on nicely too!

VintageVicki said...

Gorgeous photos - you had some great weather for your holiday.

Am loving your AV blanket :)

Tracey said...

I have just found your blog, your Crochet blanket is absolutely beautiful and the photo's of Scotland look fantastic, I have some very happy memories of holidays in Scotland in our Camper Van.

Lyn said...

Great photos as usual, thankyou for sharing them. I love the cow with 10 legs!
Love
Lyn
xxx

topchelseagirl said...

Lovely photos, especially the woodland shots. Your crochet is gorgeous! x

bearpaw said...

Gorgeous photos! And I love your African Flowers crochet. I have recently started my own after lusting after photos on Flickr for ages. I just posted about it here:
http://bearpawandbearpaw.blogspot.com/2010/06/im-off-on-my-holidays.html

Lesley said...

More gorgeousness as always! It's always a treat to visit your blog.

Now, it's been 40 years since I lived in England, so the memory could be very hazy, but could your pink flowers be rose campion?

A Country Girl said...

I think I must learn to make those African flowers, they are so pretty. Your blanket is coming on really well.

Julie Rutter said...

You definitely need to take up marketing for the tourist board! I haven't mastered the art of taking knitting or sewing with me - I really must as I'm always so short of time to work on things. I did try knitting in the car on the way down south to my cousin's wedding but ended up feeling car sick - and had to prioritise learning the reading I was giving as well! Juliex

periwinkle said...

gorgeous pics - love the sunset pic, that is just awesome. Looks like you all had a great time , garlic aaahhh

Monica said...

what a stunning holiday!!

dancingbeastie said...

Just gorgeous photos, in particular that perfect bluebell wood, though the cow is a marvel too! I think your pink flowers are wild campion.

Diane said...

It looks so gorgeous - somewhere I have never ventured. You have so tempted me.xxx

Simone said...

Stunning photos - and I love the ten legged cow!!!

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