Thursday, 11 September 2014

2014 - A Summer of Food and Fun

We had a fantastically busy summer and managed to squeeze in a lot of Food and Fun along the way. Our first two weeks were spent holidaying in Italy but once back home there were still lot of adventures to be had...


Muddy Boots
We had a fantastic day in Fife at Muddy Boots. Farm shop, cafe, play area, pig racing, soft play, duck racing, picnic areas, grass sledging, zorbing, jumping pillows, quad train, welly boot dogs and lots more! Totally recommend it for a fun filled visit.

Hot Air Balloon
After close to two years of trying and numerous cancellations we finally got up into the skies in a big red balloon. An amazing experience flying over FyvieCastle and the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside. Well worth the wait in the end. A fantastic adventure from start to finish - one more scored off the bucket list.

Kyle's Birthday
My baby boy turned 12. How is that even possible?! With no kitchen he cooked himself an alfresco Birthday breakfast of Pancakes, Bacon and Maple Syrup. His sophisticated tastes in birthday cake came in the form of macarons from Almondine. Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Balsamic, Raspberry, Lemon, Passion Fruit, Strawberries & Cream.

Commonwealth Games
We spent a fantastic three days in Glasgow taking in the sights and sounds of the Commonwealth Games. Gymnastics at the Hydro where we witnessed a Scottish Gold Medal. The final night of the Athletics at Hampden complete with Usain Bolt and the somewhat soggy end of the Women's and the start of the Men's Cycling Road Races followed by a late lunch on the way home at Gloagburn Farm Shop

Black Isle Show
A visit 'home' for The Black Isle Show. It's the local agricultural show where I was brought up and has always been a much looked forward to annual event. Plenty to see and do and lots of tasty goodies at the food fair. Lovely to catch up with my fishbox friends from Coast & Glen

Belladrum Festival
Lots of fun at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. We've been going from this start but this year splashed out on a Tipi and did it in style and comfort. Glamping is definitely the way forward. Not sure I'll be able to go back to slumming it now. There was a fantastic choice of food (and drink!) on offer throughout the weekend Some of it cooked up by the happy campers at our Tipi.

Glenbervie Flower Show
I'm often a Pipe Band Widow during the summer as Foodie Loon plays the pipes with Newtonhill Pipe Band. Boy has now joined on the Snare Drum and girl is mastering the Chanter. One of my first ever blog posts was about The Great Glenbervie Bake Off. It's always a fun event to tag along to and see all the exhibits of baking, preserves, fruit and vegetables.

Fly Fishing on the River Dee
I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever attempt at Fly Fishing on the River Dee. Alas no beginners luck but it was an amazing experience. Wonderful setting, mesmerising water, great hospitality in the bothy and only a touch of fisherman's arm the next day. The consolation prize of a whole smoked salmon was most welcome.

Lonach Highland Gathering & Games
Another event which I've blogged about in the past. The Lonach is a highland games like no other. The historic Parade of the Lonach Highlanders is a sight to behold. They had been marching since 8am with six official stops for a dram and goodness knows how many unofficial ones. The corporate hospitality was fantastic and both the big and little kids were thoroughly impressed by the amazing skill of the balloon modeler. A grand day out which provided a fitting end to the summer holidays.

1 comment :

  1. What a fantastically fine foodie summer! I am sniggering at Will.I.Ham soooooooo much ;-)

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