It was so great to take some time off for the Holidays, step away from the computer screen and spend some more time outdoors. This year, we decided to stay in the beautiful rural village of Grandtully in Perthshire for the festive season. Despite most of the local shops being closed up for Christmas, the village and surrounding area certainly wasn’t short of activity - of the wild variety…
Resting on the banks of the River Tay, we discovered that this little valley is home to a wide range of species.
The back of our cottage was in constant motion with Blue Tits, Coal Tits and ever-festive Robins searching for seeds – a lovely sight to watch over your morning cup of tea! It wasn’t a classic ‘White Christmas’ as such, but the cooler valley temperatures meant that snow and frost from previous weeks lay frozen, allowing us to easily spot the flashes of red as they passed.
On our outings, walking along the river in the crisp winter air, we tiptoed around many a molehill and were lucky enough to spot some Red Deer in the woods. There was even a possible sighting of a White Stoat.
The landscape itself, however, can’t go unmentioned. One day we followed the walking route uphill from Grandtully to Pitlochry – emerging from a haze of fog as we got higher and higher. What an amazing view. Looking down between the hills, watching the fog slowly submerge the trees below was a lovely moment of calm.
It’s times like this, in these little moments of calm that you get the opportunity to stop and reflect. 2018 has been an amazing year of adventures, both big and small – some of which even presented themselves right on my doorstep here in the North East.
While I still have some time off between now and the New Year, I’ll be busy planning more projects and trips, which I can’t wait to share with you. Wishing everyone a happy new year, here's to new adventures and new beginnings.