Monday, 31 August 2015

More Scotland

Good evening,

well it's been a bit of a damp day. But it wouldn't be a bank holiday if it wasn't.

After a brisk walk up from Dog falls you get a lovely view over Glen Affric. Slightly damp day then too.

But before you think Scotland was all rain I can assure you it wasn't
The first evening we got there we had a beautiful warm evening. This is Spikey bridge which crosses over the railway lines by Stirling station. Mawgan was disappointed that there was a train station so close to our hotel.
 And just after my wade through the plunge pool, we were glad to be walking in the forest as it gave us a little bit of shelter.
My Graham enjoying the peace and quiet. The rain was to our advantage though, all the local waterfalls (and there are quite a few) were at the absolute best. As you see in my previous post about Plodda Falls.

This is the new metal bridge not far from Dog Falls, the original wooden bridge was swept away earlier in the year when torrential rain caused unprecedented damage to a vast area of Scotland.

The river here is the start point of Dog Falls, I tried to capture the power of the river.

Whilst we were in the area we attempted to grab a few geocaches, not the easiest terrain to navigate. But we managed to get a couple, unfortunately our goal geocache was a little elusive as it involved a very steep hill (mountain in England) and thick heather undergrowth. We are not discouraged though, we'll just have to try again next year. I think Graham will wear his gaitors next time so he doesn't end up with another hitch-hiker ( he picked up a tick).
This is the famous Falkirk Wheel, a truly marvellous bit of engineering. (Note sunshine!) If you can get to Falkirk to see this in action then do it is completely worth it. I was amazed at how quiet it was when it began turning. They also do canal trips so visitors can experience it first-hand. We grabbed 4 geocaches while we were here and also a delicious ice-cream.

Back soon
Buffy x

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Challenge to DIE for

I know...terrible pun, but I really have gotten the die bug.
I spent far too much at Doncaster and 90% of it was on dies.

So to partly justify my spending spree, I designed my brother-in-laws birthday card based on;
 "Papertake Weekly Challenge" - to Die for

 I used my new Memorybox "Loopy Rings" and "Large Ringlets" dies. I cut them from plain white card and used ProMarkers to colour them.
My B-I-L is quite a keen golfer so this little chap was a must.

I also promised to tell more about our Scottish adventure. Well, for those of you who don't know, we are quite keen geocachers and a holiday in Scotland would not be complete without collecting a few.
That doesn't sound so adventurous I hear you call....
But that depends on whether you a freezing your tootsies off wading your way through a plunge pool in the highlands...
And then scramble up the other side.....but even after 20 minutes of searching I came back empty handed.
(The 2 photos above were taken by our daughter Mawgan)
I think it just means we have no choice but to return next year and have another go.
On the plus side I got to see Plodda Falls in all it's glory.
This view on it's own was worth the soggy cold crossing. If you look closely you can just about make out some chaps arm (on the lefthand side of photo).
Back soon with more tales and card-making


Quick Night Post

Good evening,

we have been away in Scotland and it was wonderful.
Here is a quick pic and then I had better get off to bed.

Mawgan took a piccie of Gray & I next to Plodda Falls, near Glen Affric in the scottish highlands.

Plodda Falls is the second highest waterfall in Scotland.

This is one of our favourite spots and we always try to get here when we're in Scotland.

This is actual a rare thing, we have very few photos of Graham & I together. So Mawg made a effort this holiday to get us together more.

Will return soon with more piccies and the story of my caching disaster

Buffy x
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