Have you ever thought about how you can sometimes be pulled down by everyday life? I call these Everyday Cobwebs and just like the real thing they are grey, slightly ethereal and sticky to the touch.
These are the day to day humdrum things that seem to attach themselves to you and eventually you feel a bit pulled down by them.
This weekend I threw off my cobwebs by escaping to the highlands of Scotland to stay with my lovely friend Tracey and her family. The keen reader will remember that Idgy and I spent Christmas at Tracey’s and that is also where I got lovely little Finzean last year.
Well this weekend I found myself heading northwards. Just me on my own with sounds on the stereo and an eye on the stunning scenery during the drive over the mountains.
It is so easy to forget about beauty, and then sometimes it just pulls you up short and makes you take notice.
Rugged beauty, harsh beauty, real honest to God natural beauty.
Scotland is beautiful.
It was a weekend of good chat and good food. Of driving round the countryside and walking around marvellous villages. Ballater and Braemar stamping grounds of The Queen when she stays at Balmoral.
Picking up fabulous foodie goodies at the Ballater butcher who boasts by Royal appointment above the door. We even buy Irn Bru sausages which turn out to be amazingly good even though the name put me off for a start as I hate Scotland’s favoured fizzy drink.
There are great finds in charity shops and fun to be had rooting round collectables in the cutest little side of the road emporium in the middle of nowhere.
Lunch and tea time treats. We are girls on the go, enjoying our day out in the autumn sunshine.
But the highlight for me was the rowans. Last week I spoke of rowan berries when I shared my recipe for rowan and redcurrant jelly (and here is my plain rowan jelly recipe here) and many of you asked what these berries were. The other name for them is Mountain Ash and from a quick scan of Google I see there are mountain ash trees in America too!
Anyway the rowans were out in force. The whole countryside seemed to be covered with sparking pockets of bright red goodness. Everywhere we looked there were more and more of these gorgeously bright and colourful trees. This was real autumn splendour, the lady of the seasons really strutting her stuff and sharing her bounty. I have never seen so many rowan trees in such splendour, it fairly took your breath away it was just so stunning.
Needless to say I just had to pick some more. I shall be making more rowan goodies today though I might have to put them aside to share another time as I seem to be banging on about them rather a lot just now.
After a beautiful day on Saturday the weather lived up the warnings that were posted on TV and in the paper. High winds and lashing rain. A cautious drive home to find many fallen leaves in the garden and having to bring in logs for a fire for the first time this autumn.
Revived after my weekend away and the lovely company, I’m ready to face the cooler weather and curling up by the fire again.
Thanks Tracey for a lovely escape, you shook off my cobwebs.