This a scenic and unique part of the world and we started the blog to share the experience of living in this wonderful place. We hope that it will be of interest to others who live here and give those planning to visit the area a taste of all it has to offer.
The blog has a correspondent in both Kippford and Rockcliffe village, you can also follow their Twitter feeds on the right of the page. If you would like to get involved we look forward to hearing from you.
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Thursday, 22 March 2012
|Rockcliffe courtesy of www.leemingpaterson.com|
I contacted Morag and asked her what it was about Dumfries & Galloway that inspired them to work here and discovered a kindred spirit.
"Having lived in Dumfries and Galloway for nearly twenty years it feels more like home to me than anywhere else I’ve lived. Its spectacular beauty and unspoilt terrain offer a rich vein of inspiration to the many folk who pursue creative and artistic endeavours here, whether they are native to the region or have settled more recently - unable to resist the bewitching landscape, cultural offerings and warm hospitality on offer.
|Rockcliffe courtesy of www.leemingpaterson.com|
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Before the Twitchers amongst grab your identification books and plan a trip to Mersehead, I think you better see them for yourselves. Luckily, although they were shy little creatures I did manage to get a photo of each of them.
|Apparently this is a Barnacle Goose...|
|and this is a Puffin.|
It turns out that these brave souls were helping out at a sponsored walk on the reserve so deserve a round of applause.
Over 60 walkers were raising money and set off on a blissfully sunny morning at about 10.30. The walk went to parts of the reserve not normally open to the public and was organised to help raise vital funds for the continuing conservation work at Mersehead.
Looks like they had a lot of fun!
Saturday, 17 March 2012
|"Henkeeping - Inspiration and practical advice for would be smallholders" from Country Living and the National Trust.|
|A bowl of fresh Millbrae House home produced, free range eggs. 'Little gifts' courtesy of Myrtle, Butterball, Autumn, T2, Bramble, Magorious and friends. (You can tell the kids named them!)|
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
One to watch!
Sunday, 11 March 2012
|Photo courtesy of www.wildlifefestival.org.uk/|
"This year there are more than 80 events over two weeks with some new exciting additions to the festival. Look out for the new exhibition about ferns at Logan Botanic Gardens, "Pteridomania" running for the whole festiva;l or the Wild Food Forage in Langholm with a cooking demonstration and free lunch! Another event with a difference this year is making a Tattie bogle (or scarecrow to you and me) at Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR. Popular activities held again this year include the Stars and Stripes badger watches at WWT Caerlaverock, the hatchery open days by both Galloway Fisheries Trust and the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust and a whole range of Family activities for Easter. Events across the whole of Dumfries and Galloway with something for everyone to enjoy!"
B&B Rockcliffe: Millbrae House (4 Star)
Thursday, 8 March 2012
For example, I've just been Tweeted about what sounds like a fantastic event so I just had to share it. The details are:
Galloway Slow & Wild Food Day
Where: Carrick Shore, Near Gatehouse of Fleet
Cost: Free and child friendly
Come and forage in Galloway, then join us and lots of friends for a party on our beautiful coast. Great wild food, like-minded people, live music and foraged tipples. Round up your friends and family and come and explore a beautiful place and meet some lovely people!
For more information go to their website: http://www.gallowaywildfoods.com
|Photo courtesy of www.gallowaywildfoods.com|
We have availability in the Lodge (www.holidaycottagekippford.co.uk) and at Millbrae House (www.millbraehouse.co.uk) for that weekend so you could get a group of 'foodie' friends together and join the fun. Carrick shore is just a pleasant 45min drive along the coast and Castle Douglas, the Food Town, is only 15 mins away.
See you there!
Monday, 5 March 2012
A neaps tide this morning at 9.21am so not much water up Southwick Water but a fantastic view along the Colvend coast at Sandyhills across to Port Ling.
|Colvend Coast to Port Ling at neaps high tide|
And before you ask, no! I have not used a filter on that sky, it's the real thing. Won't be long now till all those branches burst with colour.
Off to get the bikini out!
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Saturday morning, and a good time to get out for a walk, I can't quite believe it's a week since the annual community walk designed to kick off Health Week.
|beautifully in the rolling Galloway countryside and further away Rockcliffe nestles around the crescent of beach. You can see our approximate route here:|
|Route courtesy of Google Earth™ mapping service|