Saturday, 28 May 2016

Vogrie Country Park + Tyninghame Beach.

This week has been horrible. We had to say goodbye to our family cat, Mindy, after 16 years together. As much as some people will think "It's just a cat", this feeling utterly sucks. So today I thought it was important to put up a post from a day where I felt the complete opposite of how I feel right now.

Over the past couple of months, we have had a few beautiful sunny days in Scotland. My husband and I have tried our best to take full advantage of them where we can, and on one of those days we made a trip to Vogrie Country Park.

Vogrie House is a beautiful Victorian home set in acres and acres of magnificent woodlands. There is a really awesome play area that my brother and I used to love as kids, but sadly it was full of actual children and I felt a bit like kicking them off the swings wouldn't go down too well. Instead we headed to some of the four miles of woodland walks on the estate.

Having been to Vogrie many times as a child, I genuinely wasn't aware of how extensive the woodlands there are. I'm pretty sure we'd just been glued to the slide on most visits, and I'm not sure we'd have been very willing to leave the play park for a nanosecond. So when I did get to explore Vogrie a bit, I was very pleasantly surprised.

There are so many different pathways through the woods, along the River Tyne, that you very quickly find yourself in a very tranquil setting that feels miles away from the screaming children and the busy tearoom. We spent three or four hours wandering around the estate and didn't see another soul. It was glorious. After a little while I felt like I had to stop walking through it, and actually take a couple of minutes to just sit and take it in. So of course I had my shoes and socks off within milliseconds, and got my feet straight into the river. Thank god the sunshine was SO warm that day, cause the water was cold enough to freeze my toes off!

As much as I do love being out and about in natural settings, I'm not really one for talking in mantras and 'feeling at one with nature'. However I genuinely just had a moment of feeling really thankful, and feeling very much in awe of nature. It was super important to me to sit somewhere so beautiful with the person I love and just realise how completely insignificant most of the shit that takes up space in my head is. As someone who is regularly kept awake at night by anxiety, by constant worrying, it was like stepping outside of myself. I felt genuinely peaceful, which is not something I feel very often. It was so relaxing.

We eventually left Vogrie, but the day still felt young. The sun was still shining and we didn't want to waste it! We met up with my brother Jamie, and headed out to Tyninghame Beach - one of our favourite spots in East Lothian. Tyninghame is just lovely; it has it's own woodland to wander through before you reach the shore. In the evening sunlight it looked stunning.

Just as a disclaimer - if you like any of the Tyninghame photos they were taken by my very talented little brother, who kindly allowed me to use them. I'm not quite sure how he manages to take such amazing photos with an iPhone, whereas mine end up looking like I've taken them on a potato...

Have you had any nice days out recently?


  1. Gorgeous pictures! Looks like a really nice day out xx

    1. Thank you :) It was a really nice day. Hopefully more sun will appear soon! :) x

  2. I am so sorry about the loss of Mindy :( our pets really are family, aren't they?

    1. Thank you so much for this, it was (and still is!) a really big loss. She was definitely a member of the family! x

  3. I've found your blog through #beechat and I'm so glad I did! Your posts are so lovely - given me a list of places to visit and I've only just started!!
    Siobhan ||

    1. Oh thank you so much, this is such a sweet comment! #beechat is just the best isn't it? I hope you do try out some of these places, let me know what you think! :) x

  4. Oh no, sending you the biggest hugs ever, I hope that you are alright. I can't imagine how you must be feeling after the loss of your cat. It becomes part of the family, definitely. It sounds as though she had a fabulous life though & lived to a good age - I'm sure you can take some comfort from that sweetpea.

    These pictures are stunning & I love how you have described everything. You have really done us justice, girl!!!!

    Love what you do!
    Keep it up!

    Lots of love
    Charlene McElhinney

    1. Oh thank you Charlene, yeah it sucks to lose a pet but she was around for a good long time, and we gave her a happy life (hopefully!)

      Thank you as ever for your support, it means the world 💕


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