01 June 2008

Woollie Weekend

I thought my weekend was going to be quiet but it ended up quite busy.... it was glorious again on Saturday, so much so that I took off in the morning to have a run along the waterfront in Broughty Ferry and I ran for an hour, before taking a seat in the sunshine on the beach to read the newspaper. After lunch, I went to Tenstmuir Forest and Kinshaldy Beach again with friends. It is just the most amazing place, beautiful white sand, sand dunes and a forest, it doesn't happen like that very often.

It was a busy place on Saturday afternoon, kids swimming in the small pools of water left when the tide went out, people sitting in the shelter behind sand dunes soaking up the sun, others walking on the beach. We took off our shoes, to feel the sand under our feet and between our toes and walked to the point where the seals are bobbing about in the water or lounging on a sand bar, watching us watching them, before finding our own sheltered spot in the sun and snoozing for half an hour!



Then it was back to the city centre to meet other friends and spend the early evening at the German Beer Festival that has set up in City Square (you can see it here on the City's webcam) for a couple of weeks - some Krombacher beer and german sausages rounded off the day quite nicely! 

Sunday dawned early and I went with more friends to Glamis Castle for a picnic. It was the Queen Mother's, Elizabeth Bowes Lyon's childhood home. The castle is open to visitors and the grounds are also open. We took a picnic and managed to eat before the rain started. Undetered by a little moisture (even though there was a Mexican and a Costa Rican in our midst) we walked round the grounds for almost 2 hours, seeing beautiful flowers - both wild and planted, rhododendrons of many colours, fish and birds, the Italian Garden and the Pinetum. 



The grounds really are beautiful - particularly an enormous horse chestnut tree that was planted to commemorate the last battle on British soil, the Battle of Culloden, in 1746. The tree has spread with branches low to the ground and at this time of year covered in beautiful flowers. We took shelter from the rain and I found the perfect bed - babes in the woods or what???


10 comments:

Bethany Hissong said...

Again, your photos are fabulous! I love all the purples at the castle and those trees that form a canopy are just amazing! I love mature gardens. You look like a little fairy child in that last one!

Anne said...

Your weekends look like so much fun! I can't decide which photos I like the best.

amy said...

sounds like a busy, but fabulous weekend. i can't wait to make it to the water!

Manoute said...

Now, I am jalous! I should have phoned you to ask whether you had any plan for Saturday...I was alone (Stephane went cycling, of course) and didn't do much :0(

Eva said...

looks like a very comfy spot...and nice to see the scottish sea as am missing it since my visit last month

Heidijayhawk said...

great photos. gotta love when a quiet evening turns into anything but!

risa said...

i love your "bed!!!"

Charlie P said...

Heh heh, I like your tree bed :)
Beautiful photos as usual- lucky Queen mother having that castle as her childhood home!

p.s. in answer to your question: we did have cake...lots of cake...too much cake.

Jade said...

Oh you have the best weekends! Thanks for always taking me with you!!

amisha said...

i love living vicariously through your wanderings :) those beach grasses... sigh... so lovely!!
xox