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Weekend Warriors

Although planned (for almost a year) this weekend nearly fizzled. Nearly was forgotten, nearly faded away .... then at the last minute the troops rallied and in a flurry of madness and almost slap-dashery, we were ready and off as soon as Youngest had stepped out of the shower.

And*I*am*so*very*VERY*glad*we *did.
There has been a lot going on in the hawthorn household and this was the very break I/we all needed. We were up in Dumfries and Galloway specifically to see the final hurrah of the Kirkcudbright Summer Festival which we'd caught last year and vowed to return. 
The weather was glorious, despite dire warnings by the met office of wind and rain, we were only rained on once. We'd sat beneath two huge golfing umbrellas drinking tea and munching on ginger biscuits and watched the rain splatter on the silky grey tarn turning it from mirror smooth to a gun-metal grey textured surface.

One of our evenings we had a 'braai' (BBQ) along side a forest river. There is a 'wild' road rambling through the forests known as the 'Raiders Road', half way along an area has been opened out to allow wild camping, fires and river swimming. 
We love going, the boys have fond memories of swimming in the waters, to me it reminds me of Africa and Himself loves the scenery and the access to the river and Moss - well Moss thought this was ... ThE BEsT PLacE in ThE WorLD' as it had a RIVER right next to it and she could SWIM SWIM SWIM when ever she wanted - we think the dog has webbed feet (webbed brain more likely...)

We ate 'hobo-packets' - a delicious combo of vegetables wrapped up in foil and cooked on the coals, salmon with basil and mushrooms, the obligatory meats for the carnivores and bannock breads wrapped on sticks .... they were a bit hit and miss, something to do with cooks I suspect ... some concentrated more than others.... 
It was a fun and laughter filled evening apart from the midgies (which were very playful as tried to eat us whole - we did fight back ... almost lost but survived long enough to eat our smoky meal and take loads of photos before retreating to the car smelling of incense/midge spray/fire smoke).
We walked and we talked and stared at the sea. 
It helped clear my head - this precious weekend and my treasured gang of four 
filled my heart with sunshine and love.
It certainly helped me practise gratitude and made me feel stronger.


  1. What a lovely weekend and I noticed to MM's in the collages. Talk soon. Take care.

  2. love the sound of your bbq and the hobo packets. yum x

  3. Glad the weekend turned out so well for you all and MM too. It seems she really thinks she is a Labrador or perhaps a Portuguese water dog. Nobody has told her that Border Collies are not on the list of 15 breeds of dog that love water!! I just Googled it!! Braai sounded good too - shame about the midgies! xx

  4. Wonderful evocative writing. Thank you! I was there with you.

  5. You should re-name your blog 'I live I love I ramble'! Looks like such a special place. I commend you for installing the love of wandering in your family. It's so important these days to get OUTSIDE!!

  6. What a great weekend you all had; think MM had the best time of it all! Love to hear about her (and I am not really a dog person!). Love the old cars too and let's not forget the food you cooked!

  7. What a yummy weekend, you are making such wonderful memories both for yourself and for your boys as they move out into the Big.Wide.World. Maybe that's a 'note in the calendar' for us too for next year, I think M. would enjoy looking at all the vehicles.

    Love the Moss collage (no surprise there then!!), maybe she has otter in her DNA, our old Beardie ceertainly did :)

  8. So glad you enjoyed your break.

  9. we love it up there too and will have to try and be there for the festival one year. We'll be near in October but it won't be the same


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