1 July 2018

Arrived

Five hours of driving between Sheffield and here. "Here" is the coastal village of Garlieston on a peninsula known as The Machars. It is generally believed  that this is where Christianity first arrived in Scotland.

Shirley and I have never been here before. Generally speaking, we like to visit new places, rarely returning to holiday locations we have visited before. And this is certainly new to us. Somewhere to explore. An adventure.

Saturday's weather was stunning. Proper summer with blue skies. We stopped off at the "Aldi" supermarket in Newton Stewart to purchase provisions and then carried on to our rental cottage looking out over Garlieston Bay. The owner, Betty, was waiting for us and I must say we are very pleased with the peaceful cottage and its facilities.

After unpacking we strolled to the village's only pub - "The Harbour Inn" and quaffed some refreshing beer before returning to our temporary home for cold chicken, salad and new potatoes, Delightful. Afterwards, courtesy of the television set,  we watched Uruguay knock Portugal out of The World Cup

I am writing this just before midnight and outside it is still not entirely dark. The last vestiges of sunset are clearly visible in the west. I  shall publish this blogpost and then go to bed. Life can be so hard sometimes! Yawwwn! Night-night or should I say - Good morning!

26 comments:

  1. It looks delightful. Cold, probably, bit delightful.

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    1. Cold? No. 29-30 degrees celsius!

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  2. We recently spent the night in Stranraer before catching the ferry to Belfast. Lovely pub food in Caairnryan in a very inconspicuous looking pub.

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    1. Thanks for that Helen. We might visit Stranraer this week.

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  3. Looks like a perfect place for a holiday! I am descended from Scots, or at least partly so show me my homeland, Mr. Pudding!
    Thank you.

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    1. Scotland is a very varied land. This is far from the highlands. A secret corner.

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  4. For me, living here where I do, it's difficult to imagine it to be still reasonably light around midnight.

    It looks like a cosy, comfortable cottage. I look forward to seeing your pictorial delights. Enjoy yourselves...not that you need me to tell you to do so! :)

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    1. I only do what you say Cousin Lee. If you say - enjoy yourself - who am I to disobey?

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  5. Very attractive accommodations. Hope the weather stays fine!

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    1. It could alter midweek but for a few days we will make the most of it.

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  6. Yes, you've found a great place to visit but you had to do your homework. Yes, I know homework is tough.

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    1. Many Canadians remember the tough homework that the wicked Mr Kline used to set... "Access aerial mapping and carefully count exactly how many lakes there are in Canada"

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  7. How pretty is that! Thank you for the lovely view from the English windows. Wishing for you blue skies also today and for the rest of your stay.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. That my friend is a SCOTTISH window! Even so, thanks for your kind wishes Maria.

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    2. Oh, oh... :)
      x

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  8. I love the red kayak planter seen through the window. Does the tide ever come in?
    Alphie

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    1. It came in at about 2am and should be in again at 2pm today. That's when I hope to go swimming! Brrrrrr!

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  9. I reckon you would look good in a kilt.

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    1. I reckon you would look good in a roll of carpet.

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  10. That's a very pretty room. I hope you and Mrs. Pudding have a great time!

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    1. The weather is lovely and warm... not South Carolina piping hot... but very nice. This is quite rare in Scotland.

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  11. You are already giving us glorious pictures and comments, my brother. Looks like a delightful home and a lovely, quiet village. Have a wonderful time, you two lovebirds!!

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    1. The tide range here is amazing PT and a wonderful natural phenomenon to witness.

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  12. A little bit south of my Ayrshire stomping ground and a village I confess to never having visited. You're certainly fortunate with the weather though.

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    1. The Machars Peninsula is like The Land That Time Forgot... at least that is how it seems to me.

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