Day 178|365

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After a scorcher of a day Matthew was quite disappointed when he headed home from work and saw the harr rolling in, having had plans to go somewhere for dinner and sit outside. I suggested heading to Stonehaven for fish n chips in the hopes that the harr wasn’t going all the way down the coast and it was still deliciously warm there…unfortunately I was only half right. The harr was all around Stonehaven, causing the temperature to drop, but the sun was still shining down on the lovely wee village. We got our chips, and sat in the car, reminiscing about our terrible second date…the one where we got stranded in Stonehaven for 8 hours because Matthew’s car broke down, which was hilarious at first, but then the temperature dropped and the banter lessened…we finally got rescued by the AA and went home worrying that there wouldn’t be a third date…but the following day we spoke and reassured the other that we were keen for a third adventure, and here we are!

But, enough about that, let’s get on to the issue that a seagull tried to steal my dinner! Before we got in the car I decided to get my blog photo, balanced my box on the fence beside the beach, and lined up my shot…then got a fright when seagulls started swooping over me and one came down to try peck open my box! I only managed to get one photo, and boy am I glad I captured this hilarious moment (and that my balancing skills were on point)! Passers by were greatly amused. I swiftly picked up my box and headed for cover in the car.

Day 136|365

Day 136
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Mmmm, he choose the perfect t-shirt for todays adventure! He just blends in with that beautiful blue Atlantic water.

We were all set for a lazy day, sunbathing by the pool, or chilling on inflatables in the pool, but ended up booking a spontaneous yacht trip for the afternoon! So it was still a pretty lazy day, the location just changed. I could’ve moved in to that yacht, it was perfection! I don’t think the interior was anything fancy, but sitting on the stern with my beau, at sea level, watching the wake disappear behind us, with the sun shining down, was my idea of chill. The perfect afternoon!

Day 73|365

Day 73
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Today was spent daydreaming about sunset beach walks in a warmer climate! This girl is desperate for flip flop season to return. I love Autumn/Winter and getting cosy with scarves and boots, but I’ve had enough of it for one season. I miss the days of just throwing on my flip flops when I leave the flat. Come on Spring/Summer! My feet want to be freeeeee! I’ll continue to wear scarves, of course.

Day 44|365

Day 44
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I love a beachwalk with my oldest friend and my furbaby! Jasper and I headed down to Dundee yesterday morning to see my friend, Rachel. Of course, with it being Pancake Day, and our friendship revolving heavily around food, we started off our time together at The Pancake Place and enjoyed an absolute feast of pancakes and tea!

We then hopped in the car and headed towards a beach Rachel had been to before, at Tentsmuir Nature Reserve…this led to the most ridiculous journey I’ve ever been on, to try to find a beach! At first we didn’t use Satnav, and just relied on sign posts, but then we zoned out as we were too busy chatting, and almost ended up going full circle back to Dundee. We then put Satnav on and ended up going along a single track road put down the middle of a field, leading to a really lovely farm, and a dead-end. So we then headed back towards the village we first turned off at to see if we had missed any other signs, and we had, not long after our first turn off! But that road then led along five miles of single track country roads, through a forest, to a payment barrier, through more forest and eventually to a carpark. It was bizarre! But I can imagine on that one day in summer where the sun comes out and it gets a little warm, that carpark is overflowing with cars, as it was a beautiful beach!

It was a really nice place for a photo shoot; beach, sand dunes, forest walk, river, plenty of options, shame I’ll never be able to find it again! Haha. Just kidding, that road is engrained in my mind forever.

After our beautiful walk (and attempting to catch a Mini Schnauzer who just didn’t want to go back to her owners, and had spent the past 6 hours roaming the sand dunes, never coming within reach), we headed back to Dundee to have coffee and cake at a beautiful hotel called Taypark House. If anyone wants to get married there, please can I be your photographer?

To finish our time together we went to Tesco to buy food for dinner, then headed back to Rachel’s and watched Take Me Out, then some of the Winter Olympics while dinner cooked in the slow cooker, we’re very cultured.

All in all a wonderful day of adventure!

Day 19|365

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I set up a flat lay, with a few of my favourite things, to use as a new blog header this morning. I’m rather pleased with it! I baked some banana loaf yesterday especially for it,  Jasper sat nicely for his Polaroid, I made a delicious cup of decaf tea (always livin’ the high life!), grabbed some of the shells we collected in Portugal last summer, and teal beads from an old necklace (cause you know I’ve got to get some teal in there!), then played around with one of my many sets of fairylights. Simples!

I really want to eat a slice of that banana loaf now, but I’m full of chinese takeaway and it’s quite late (when you have to get up early on a Saturday morning…) so I should really just head to bed. Banana loaf for breakfast, perhaps? There’s fruit in it, that makes it a breakfast food.

Day 15 | 365

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Today the Sole Mates (Bon Accord Free Church‘s new walking group…great name, huh!) met for their first ever walk, and I don’t think we could’ve got a nicer day for it! The forecast was rain showers, but instead we got the most beautiful burst of sunlight, exactly what we needed after days of darkness!

It felt so good to be at the seaside, watching and listening to the waves as they crashed up against the shore at high tide. Any form of water is my happy place so it was the perfect start to my week. I’m feeling rejuvenated and ready to be productive (here’s hoping it continues)!