My rather neglected blog has been left to gather dust these last few months, I’m sorry to say. I last wrote in the summer in a snatched moment of quiet time before life frog-marched me into autumn. Recently I’ve found little time between working and motherhood for my own writing; my trips and journeys of the last two months just a stream of Instagram snapshots and scribbled notes.
We moved house at the end of July – leaving Peterculter for the Aberdeenshire coast. A new area to explore, and a sea view to nourish the soul. Sitting at my desk in my bedroom, I look out over rooftops to the sea; fascinated by the changing moods in the marriage of sea and sky. Gazing at the vast canvas upon which the weather paints the most breathtaking pictures. In the mornings now, I can sometimes catch a glimpse of the sun heaving itself out of its watery bed and stretching up into a pink sky.
The fishing village which we now call home is called Gourdon. It has a working harbour (and an amazing fish and chip shop, with a restaurant above, called Hornblowers – a must if you are in the area). There is a coastal path that links Gourdon with Inverbervie in the north and Johnshaven to the south, which has been much-loved by my little family since we moved.
Gourdon is also about a 15 minute drive from Stonehaven; a town that I love. With its lovely harbour and curve of beach, it’s a really pretty little place (and close to the amazing ruins of Dunnottar Castle). Our best discovery in the summer was its outdoor heated swimming pool, with its clean sea water heated to 29 deg C (open May to early September). We went on a glorious summer’s day, complete with a dazzling blue sky and a lot of company. The pool was first opened in 1934 and I loved its art deco appearance (and with the beautiful blue skies, I almost felt like I was abroad).
In August we headed south in more east coast exploration, spending a long weekend in the East Neuk of Fife, with a stop in the utterly charming St Andrews on route. I had been to St Andrews once as a student and during my visit in August I wondered why I have not spent more time there. The beautiful town is steeped in history, and I wandered happily down its characterful lanes, admiring the university buildings (and envious of all the students who study there). I promised myself I will go back sometime soon to really get to know the town. That day, it was all about my toddler who delighted in the St Andrews Aquarium, situated right next to the sea.
I wrote about how I fell head over heels in love with the East Neuk and shared my highlights of the short break in Elie over on the EmbraceScotland blog. The East Neuk is a truly wonderful holiday destination; a treasure trove of historic, incredibly picturesque villages, lovely beaches, a fantastic coastal path and a wide number of attractions. I particularly loved the Ardross Farm Shop, just outside Elie, and the golden stretch of Elie Beach. I also walked the Fife Coastal Path from Elie to Pittenweem, which is possibly one of my favourite coastal walks. I absolutely adored the Cocoa Tree Cafe in Pittenweem, with its amazing menu of mouth-watering hot chocolates, and the fantastic Crail Pottery.