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...
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.
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...
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!