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    Plans for 2019

    I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions but I do have a few plans for 2019. I thought it would be a good idea to write them down so I don’t forget anything – baby brain is real! Start Dylan on solids  I’m very excited to see what foods Dylan enjoys (if a little sad that he’s growing up so quickly!). Mik and I both love our food so hopefully Dylan will be the same. I’m planning to do baby led weaning, with some purees added in as well. I’m hoping to have time to cook the majority of his food myself, which should be ok as he’ll have…

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    Visiting The Seals

    Last weekend we decided to take a drive up the coast, north of Aberdeen, to one of our favourite spots. The village of Newburgh sits at the mouth of the river Ythan and on the corner of the beach, where the estuary meets the sea, live hundreds of seals. This was the first time we took Dylan to see the seals so we wrapped up really warm as the wind coming off the North Sea can be absolutely freezing! It turned out to be very mild with no sign of a breeze so we didn’t really need those extra layers and were able to have a long walk on the…

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    A Walk In The Woods

    Since Dylan came out of hospital, we’ve been struggling with his weight gain. The health visitor has been visiting us twice a week to weigh him and I feel like his weight is all I think about some days. On Sunday, we took an hour out of the day for a walk in the woods at the back of our house. It was great to spend some time not worrying about Dylan’s weight and just enjoy being our family of three. The autumnal weather meant I got to dig my fleecy winter coat out of the cupboard and got me excited for the cosy winter evenings to come! When we…

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    Babymoon in Lake Garda

    We recently returned from a wonderful week in Lake Garda. It was our babymoon – our last holiday as just the 2 of us!  I was 27 weeks pregnant, so just on the limit of being allowed to fly without a doctors note. We chose Lake Garda because of the relatively short flight and the not too hot late May climate. We’d been to Lake Como a couple of years ago at the same time of year so knew more or less what to expect. The Hotel Our hotel – Hotel Corte Valier – was less than half an hour from Verona airport, in Lazise near the south of the…

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    Our Wedding in Santorini

    Our wedding in Santorini – I can’t believe I get to say that! If you have read the post I wrote a few weeks ago, you will know that Mik and I got married last May in Santorini. They say that your wedding day is one of the best days of your life and I can safely say that was the case for me! We had the most amazing wedding day and honeymoon, so I thought I would share how we organised it from another country, just in case anyone is thinking about doing it. Planning the Wedding Neither of us wanted a traditional wedding, so right from the start…

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    A Weekend at Loch Tay

    A few weeks ago we booked a mini-break to Loch Tay. We’d been given one of those experience vouchers for Christmas where you can choose from hundreds of activities so we decided to book a two course meal at The Killin Hotel. We booked two nights in the hotel as well to make a weekend of it. The drive along the loch to the village of Killin was stunning and the hotel itself looked fairly impressive when we pulled up. After dropping off our bags in a slightly disappointing room, we went out to explore. Dochart Falls is just a ten minute walk from the hotel and we found a…

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    Ardanaiseig Hotel

    Good Friday was our first day off this year so we decided to venture into the highlands for a relaxed weekend away. I found a deal for a small hotel on the banks of Loch Awe through Secret Escapes (my favourite website – I can easily waste hours looking through holidays I know I will never go on!) which seemed too good to be true and booked it quickly before the prices hiked back up. The drive from Aberdeen to Loch Awe took around four and a half hours, including a stop for lunch in the cute town of Crieff. I love driving around Scotland, just minutes out of town…

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    Moonfish Cafe

    Moonfish Cafe is one of my favourite restaurants in Aberdeen. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Union Street, the little restaurant has a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food. The restaurant opened in 2004 and head chef Brian McLeish was a finalist in Masterchef: The Professionals 2014. I’m not going to lie, I have been a little bit star-stuck on the couple of occasions I have seen him walking through the restaurant! Moonfish is well known for fish dishes but also has meat and vegetarian options. The menu is small and changes regularly – usually you find around 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 desserts to choose from. I like…

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    The Three Chimneys

    During our recent trip to Skye, we decided to splash out on an extravagant meal at The Three Chimneys. The restaurant boasts a Michelin star and has held 3 AA rosettes for the past 16 years. The food is sourced locally from the nearby land, lochs and sea and the restaurant is famed for its seafood. Needless to say, I had been looking forward to our visit for quite some time! After a scenic drive through a drizzly evening from the main town of Portree, we arrived at the cosy cottage-like Three Chimneys. The restaurant is smart inside but still manages to be comfortable and welcoming and the staff are…

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    On the Rocks Santorini

    We have recently returned from an idyllic week at On the Rocks in Santorini. The cave hotel is built into the dramatic cliffs at Imerovigli, overlooking the stunning blue waters of the caldera. What with it being a cave hotel, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect – would the room be dark and dingy? Would it be really small and cramped? I know that there are photos on the website but I always worry that they’ve been enhanced or are just not true! Anyway, On the Rocks was everything we expected and more. Our own private terrace really made the whole holiday. A leisurely breakfast on our terrace was…