Where have I been? June & July Outtakes

Hullo! Long time no speak. The eagled eyed amongst you will have noticed that I recently took a two-week break from blogging as I took a well-deserved family holiday on the Costa Brava. Add in a very sore shoulder from a trapped nerve and my Scotland adventures have been rather thin on the ground. As my nephew (he’s 7) would put it: epic fail. Fear not, I’m now well-rested and raring to go (although I still need some physio so sadly no Munro climbing for me just now) but before I get back into more regular posting, here are my outtakes from June and July.

THE BEST THING WE DID (THAT I DIDN’T TELL YOU ABOUT) WAS…

Last month we headed to my home away from home, the Peak District, to spend some time with my folks. The Peak District is one of the UKs most spectacular regions, and our favourite thing to do is to pull on the boots and get out into those hills. In a way, the moors, hills and forests of the Peaks remind me of the lowlands of Scotland. Subconsciously it is probably why in a way I moved here! We walked one of our favourite walks (around 8 miles) up to Forest Chapel through Macclesfield Forest. It really was beautiful. 

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Forest Chapel

I MUST ADMIT…

June saw me turn 38 years old. The good news? I’m so over worrying about getting older! I have given up caring, seriously, roll on 40 – I am ready for you. Where is my party?

For my birthday treat this year, we went to the Leith Chop House for a 35 day dry-aged sirloin steak, mac & cheese and skinny fries. Oh my gosh, just look at that steak. Even weeks later I am drooling over just how good it was. I might even go to say it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten. Get yourself a table. Stat.

Leith Chop House

Just how greedy do I look! Mine, all mine.

Leith Chop House 2

THE BEST THING I SAW THIS MONTH…

Was lots of live music! Im still cool, honest. We headed down to Manchester for the last night of the Stone Roses at the Etihad Stadium (the Stone Roses are my favourite band – did you know we walked back up the aisle to This is the One?) with my brother and his friends; it was a brilliant gig. Then whilst we were in the south of France, we saw Elton John! The festival Les Deferlantes is probably my favourite festival I’ve ever been to – we went for the first time on our honeymoon 3 years ago. 20,000 people in the grounds of a chateau, pitchers of rose wine, food trucks and such a chilled out atmosphere. I wish I could go every year.

Les Deferlantes

MY FAVOURITE PHOTO THAT I DIDN’T SHARE…

Is me getting stuck into my 3-star Michelin chocolate ice cream (with popping candy) on the Eiffel Bridge in Girona! Yum

Girona Eiffel Bridge

A MINI MILESTONE…

June saw my little blog pass its first milestone, it turned six months old! I’ve been loving running a travel blog, not just because I love to write and take photos, but how much it actually makes me get out and explore. In the last six months, I have been to the Isle of Arran, camped at Comrie and Gimme Shelter, explored many Outlander filming locations, discovered the Scottish Borders, and started Munro bagging… Phew. The next six months look just as busy. More please!

OTHER THINGS I LOVED…

We’ve gone veggie at home; this chilli recipe is amazing. Discovering the Biscuit Factory at Deliveroo’s first birthday party, I love seeing old buildings being brought back into use. David Attenborough narrating Pokemon Go is brilliant (I’m not obsessed honestly). Joining in with the History Hunter’s tour of 75 Scottish castles, we visited Crichton Castle in Midlothian (above) and despite looking a bit of a mess, finally our  bee encouraging wildflower are in full bloom!

Thanks so much for visiting this month, your favourite posts in June & July were 5 favourite places to eat seafood in Scotland, followed closely by our Munro bagging at Ben Lomond. See you next month – It is festival time! Check out my tips for surviving the Edinburgh Festival

Love from, Scotland x

P.s Fancy writing for Love from, Scotland? I am looking for guest posters later this summer – give me a shout via the contact form or via twitter. Climbed a Munro? Visited a brilliant hotel or done a great walk? If you fancy telling Love From Scotland’s readers about it let me know.

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