Exploring Kirroughtree Forest

Exploring Kirroughtree Forest

IMG_9008Back in November 2019, we decided to take Polly, our camper van and do some touring of Scotland, initially around the Dumfries area, then we’d see where Polly would take us.  We were also on the hunt for, not only some great walking, but some good mountain biking trails.

Our first Brit Stop seemed to be just a car park off the beaten track in Caerlaverock, near Dumfries.  It was late and very dark so we didn’t really know what our surroundings were.  Little did we know that we’d stumbled upon a beautiful nature reserve.  I wrote about this here, where I also explain what Brit Stops are.

From there we were heading towards Newton Stewart, then north toward Galloway Forest, in search of a mountain biking trail we’d heard of at Kirroughtree.

After only a few hours driving and of course the enjoyment of Scotlands beautiful

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The start of our forest walk, whilst above me was the end of the mountain biking trail.

scenery we found ourselves pulling up at Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre.  A quick tour around the centre familiarised us with what was on offer and we were excited.  There were various walks around the forest and what looked like a great mountain biking course, in fact it was one of the 7 Stanes courses, which in the mountain biking world are well sought after as they are award winning trails, eight to be precise, dotted around south Scotland and you don’t have to be an expert to ride them as they have varying skill levels within each trail.  Jon was happy, I was happy and the dogs were so excited as they were first on the list to enjoy a big long walk and explore in the forest.

We set off walking one of the harder trails of the forest and it didn’t take us long before we were walking in what seemed to be an enchanted magical mysterious forest, as everything was covered in moss.  It was so very still, quite eerie, and stunning in a strange kind of way.  It was a fantasy story waiting to be written, my mind was running wild with fairies and goblin’s. Continue reading “Exploring Kirroughtree Forest”

#SundayStills – Favourite Sports or Hobbies

#SundayStills – Favourite Sports or Hobbies

Terri Webster Schrandt’s #SundayStills Photography Challenge

This weeks theme is…

Favourite Sports and/or Hobbies

This may be a long one, oh heck where do I start?  As a child I was never still, always doing something, trying new things and I guess, as a 54 year old, nothing has changed there 😀

Hobbies

Drawing & Painting

My dad was a very good artist, I guess he passed that love of drawing down to me, because I have been known to sit and sketch and get totally lost in it.  I particularly love to draw animals.

I have a diary which I started when my two boys were little, hopefully one of them will want it when I pop my clogs.  I write about what’s happening in mine and my families’ lives and accompany the writing with little drawings.  They’re not brilliant drawings, but I enjoy creating this book to pass on for my boys in the future.  Here’s a little sneaky peek Continue reading “#SundayStills – Favourite Sports or Hobbies”

#SundayStills – A Playground Can Be Anywhere

#SundayStills – A Playground Can Be Anywhere

 

I’ve been meaning to enter Terri’s Sunday Stills for such a long time, so this week I’m in!

Here’s my take on this weeks theme – Playground

A playground can be anywhere and you don’t have to be a child to enjoy it!  Continue reading “#SundayStills – A Playground Can Be Anywhere”

Honoured to be asked to contribute

Honoured to be asked to contribute

 

I’m a big fan of Sue over at sizzlingtowardssixty.com as she’s such a fabulous role model for many, but particularly for the over fifties.  Sue inspires all to keep fit and healthy, instilling positivity and enthusiasm.

I was taken aback, in fact quite honoured to be asked by her to contribute to one of her latest posts, which features five women, including ‘yours truly’, to share their ‘secrets’ to keeping active over 50.

Here’s the link to Sue’s post

(I’ve closed the comments on here)

 

7 Ways To Stop That Strange Feeling

7 Ways To Stop That Strange Feeling

Lately I’ve been a little… not sure what to call ‘it‘, ‘that feeling“.  I’m sure everyone’s felt it at some time?  That feeling…when you’re just a little ‘out of it’, not unwell, but a little…fed up?  

Is it the change of season? Am I affected by SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder?  I’m not sure, but Continue reading “7 Ways To Stop That Strange Feeling”

Amazing over 50’s – Laura

Amazing over 50’s – Laura

I’m very excited to introduce another guest to my new series:

Amazing over 50’s

I’m inviting and featuring ‘Mid-lifers’ who are enjoying life over 50 and who are proud to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work, achievements etc, but more importantly who are embracing this time of their lives with pride.

I’m so pleased to introduce Laura from craftingmyretirement.com as my second guest to this series. Continue reading “Amazing over 50’s – Laura”

#Throwback Thursday – A cheeky little canal cruise to Sprotbrough – And relax…

#Throwback Thursday – A cheeky little canal cruise to Sprotbrough  – And relax…
Millie modelling her life jacket 🙂

I wrote this post last May, before we’d sold the house and moved onto the boat.  We are so looking forward to cruising soon as work commitments and other practicalities have delayed us, but in the mean time it was nice to have a look back at one of our favourite trips.  It was also our cats maiden voyage…

Posted May 2017 – With a long Bank holiday weekend behind us, Jon and I had asked ourselves the question…a short jaunt in Polly the camper van or a little trip out in the canal boat? Continue reading “#Throwback Thursday – A cheeky little canal cruise to Sprotbrough – And relax…”

It’s National Puppy Day!

It’s National Puppy Day!

Yeahy! I couldn’t let this day pass!

Most readers of my blog will know that two members of our family are our dogs, Rosie (Collie) and Mille (Pug).  We love them, they are such characters so I thought I’d embarrass them both by showing their puppy photo’s as it’s National Puppy Day. Continue reading “It’s National Puppy Day!”

A cheeky little canal cruise to Sprotbrough – And relax…

A cheeky little canal cruise to Sprotbrough  – And relax…
Millie modelling her life jacket 🙂

With a long Bank holiday weekend behind us, Jon and I had asked ourselves the question…a short jaunt in Polly the camper van or a little trip out in the canal boat? Continue reading “A cheeky little canal cruise to Sprotbrough – And relax…”