Sunday, 7 July 2019

Motorhoming on prescription?

Since we have returned from our fabulous Welsh adventure, life has been somewhat stressful for one reason or another.

I find it particularly hard to cope with stress at times, especially when dealing with others, with emotional issues. I take things very personally and then end up in a downwards spiral of negativity  which ends up with me doubting everything, from my relationships to my abilities.

I wouldn't say I have depression, but I think everyone is on that spectrum of mental wellness somewhere, and its very easy to slide up and down, which is why we should always treat others with respect & many people are fighting struggles that you know nothing about!

Recently I have heard about GPs prescribing ‘Nature Prescriptions’ for patients suffering with depression & anxiety. I think this is fantastic.....I'm not sure how it works, but if it encourages and/or enables someone to appreciate the great outdoors, it can only be a positive measure.

This weekend I was feeling pretty low. We had planned a trip away in our Motorhome which I was looking forward to, but was still struggling to raise a smile.....even a bunch of flowers from my eldest son and a visit from my beautiful granddaughter, whilst very appreciated, failed to lift me out of my pit of doom.

Early Saturday night we set off north in our home away from home, our wonderful Motorhome, and parked up for the night at a spot we have stayed at twice before, Littleferry in Golspie. We had eaten before we left home, so when we got there all we had to do was enjoy our surroundings.

This spot is on the Northeast shore of Loch Fleet which is a Nature Reserve and is abundant in wildlife.  Whilst it doesn’t have the grandiose views of the west coast, it is simply stunning and incredibly peaceful. Whilst we were walking down from where we had parked towards Golspie beach, I could feel myself relaxing and all my stresses floating away.

To be somewhere else, not having to return home that day, and to still have all my home comforts around me was just what I needed.

After a peaceful nights sleep, I woke refreshed at about 8.30am, just threw on some clothes and took the dog for a walk. It was a beautiful morning, and again so peaceful.

After breakfast we headed north to Duncansby Head.....puffins are on my photographic bucket(t) list and I hoped to capture some today.

It was a bit blowy at the top of Scotland but the sun was out and it wasn't too cold. We followed the path along the clifftops until we got to the viewpoint where you can see all down one cliff face.

I was scouring the ledges and crevices for the colourful beaked bird.....all I could see was Guilliemots! But then my eye caught a pair of orange beaks! A pair of puffins in amongst what must have been a thousand Guilliemots & seagulls! The sounds and smells coming from the cliffs were very overpowering....nature at its very best!

After taking several photos, and pointing them out to a delighted American family, we carried on walking until we could see the full beauty of the Duncansby Stacks....which are amazing pillars just off the shore and also home to many more seabirds.

When we got back to our motorhome....we relaxed in our lounge...stress gone completely! At that moment I felt refreshed and ready to face life's ups and downs more positively again.

This is why nature prescriptions should be handed out far quicker than anti-depressants!

We still had another night left before we had to return home. Driving back south we took a turning that I had spotted earlier on whilst driving north. Reiss sands & golf course. At the end of the road we found the most perfect park up spot for the night. Reiss beach is stunning, and with views of  Ackergill Tower, Castle Girnigoe and Noss head lighthouse, we enjoyed yet another evening stroll.

I love it when we discover a new place to park feels like we have just discovered a new country!

Home tomorrow, and a newly focussed, more positive person will be returning.

Hopefully it wont be too long before our next adventure....I wonder if my GP could prescribe it for me!

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Our Welsh 13......farewell Wales!

Sadly our trip has almost come to an end! What an amazing 2 weeks we've had! Wales has far exceeded our expectaions.....and my memories!

Everyone we met has been friendly & helpful....and there has been no problem in finding places to park up.

The last night in Wales was spent near Llangollen......

Pontcysyllte Aquaduct Car Park in Trevor....just about 5 miles out of Llangollen. The spot was perfect, there were a few other MHs, toilets that opened at 7am.....and even a chemical disposal point! We had no problems staying here and had lovely walks along the canal.....or the aquaduct if you're brave enough.

After we braved the scary aquduct, we drove into Llan (as the locals call it) and actually bought some breakfast....first time we've done that on this trip!

We then walked along the canal to Horseshoe Falls and the start of the canal.
It was a lovely walk.....and a lovely warm day!

We walked past a Motor Museum....we will come back here one day....there is so much to see in the area!

On theway back we stopped at Berwen station to catch a train back to Llan....sadly it was the steam trains day off, but it was still a lovely train ride. It probably would have been better to catch the train to Berwyn...and then walk back to Llan....saves waiting about for the train!

Back in Llan we done some shopping....we bought a few souvenirs and some oggies for our tea that night! An oggie is a type of welsh pasty. I chose lamb & mint and hubby chose welsh rarebit. It was evident from the raging river how much rain had fallen on the previous days!

We then said oursad farewells to Llan....and Wales and drove North via the Horseshoe Pass.

The roads north were quiet and we made it to Scotland before bedtime!

We parked up near Loch Maben, a nice little spot, not too far from the M74. There was a bit of road noise late....and was the rain that woke me at 4am though! Next stop Inverness! (And yes, the oggies were really tasty!)

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Our Welsh 12... yet another change of plans

We've done that a lot during this holiday....change our plans...

Saying that, we didn't have any definite plans for today. Tomorrow we were planning on heading north so we could be back in Inverness on Saturday night.

It was blustery on the cliff top when we woke at Nash Point, so we decided just to drive round the coast a bit more....the weather was a bit miserable though.

I came up with the idea to visit Castle Coch, being as we didn't get there in time last week when we drove up through the valleys. Today we had plenty of time and enjoyed our visit!

We were then planning on staying around the monmouth area....when I had my second good idea of the day....why not drive north was only 5pm, and we could stop the night in Llangollen which would give us most of tomorrow to explore the area.

So tonight...after a 3 hour drive...we are parked up by the Pontcysyllte aquaduct on the Llangollen canal! As we drove through the town, the river looked full and raging! Looking forward to taking lots of photos tomorrow....there is so much to see and do here 😁

Our Welsh Adventure....Day 11....A lazy day with a trip down memory lane!

We started the morning by taking the short drive from Merthyr Mawr to Ogmore-by-sea.

Our park up spot last night was perfect....but we quite often like to move on somewhere else to have breakfast. The car park we drove to was perfect. It is a pay & display, but you can park till 11pm for £6. There are notices saying that any vehicles caught staying overnight will have to pay £45, although I'm not too sure how they enforce it. There were toilets that were opened early maybe that person also issues a fine.

The car park was overlooking the beach at Ogmore-by-sea. It is a dog friendly beach and was busy with dog walkers after 9am. It has plenty of spaces to park and has lovely views.

We walked along the beach and explored the unusual rock pools formed by ancient sedimentary rocks. After our walk we had breakfast....and just relaxed! While it was a little chilly was toasty and warm in the MH...and we had everything that we needed.

My grandparents used to come here a lot...I thought how much they would have enjoyed having tea in the comfort of the MH....not having to juggle a flask on their knees in the front of their car.

A lot of this welsh adventure has been tracing the footsteps of places I had been before when I was a young girl. Happy family times in lovely places 💗💗💗  it was so good to be able to share all these with my hubby 💗💗💗

I think it's so important to create memories for your children, as my parents done for me.....I just hope that I've done it enough for my children....It's probably only now that I truly appreciate those times that my parents ‘dragged’ me up the Brecon Beacons....and along many Welsh beaches.

When my children were little I was busy trying to stop them arguing and provide for them as a single parent...but hopefully I did create enough happy memories! But now we have the chance to do this for our baby granddaughter who is only 1 month old....and our nephew who is 5 years old. We want to create the memories for them....not just buy them material things....they get enough of that from others anyway. Memories that are special...and unique 💗💗💗

Back to our lazy day today....we drove on a short distance to Nash Point...another place I came to often, probably about 35-40 years ago now! This is the first time I have been back since I moved to Scotland.

I was thoughtful as I was driving down here....would it be just as I remembered? Well it was exactly the same...the cliffs are just as stunning...and scary when you are parked at the top. My mum was always terrified that my younger brother would get too close to the edge...not me though...I was the good child! Ha-ha!

The lighthouses seemed smaller, the road seemed wider and the walk down to the beach didn't seem so long....I guess I'm just older.

We asked the cafe owner about parking up for the night. He said no problem! It is a service he provides to mh/campervans. You pay £10 a night....there is a huge grassy area in which you can park...and also have use of the toilets overnight after he has gone home. The parking area is gated, so there is no chance of getting disturbed by other cars. You can top up with fresh water and the views are also amazing!

I wish other places would offer this service instead of banning mh/campervans! It could be a way of raising funds to upgrade facilities...and of course it will bring more customers to local shops.

The Clifftop Cafe has a facebook page, and I can definitely recommend staying here!

I've had so many days out here in my younger to be able to stay here the night is just perfect!