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10 Photos From My Trip Up North

I went up to visit family last month and it’s taken me this long to blog about it because there were too many pretty photos to choose from. In the end, I restricted myself to ten photos so here you go.

Chanonry Point

1. Chanonry Point Lighthouse

My mum picked me up from Inverness and we headed north to the Black Isle with amazing views all round. Chanonry Point is a popular dolphin spotting area but we didn’t see any. I was more than happy with the lighthouse though – what a beauty. The weather looks lovely here but we’d just driven though a hailstorm so the view in the other direction had massive clouds of doom.

Brodie Castle

2. Brodie Bunny

When my mum suggested going to see the giant bunny, I was obviously all in. His name is Brodie Bunny as he lives at Brodie Castle and it really is very big! The downside is that it’s part of their Playful Garden, which is very overpriced. There’s a lot of really fun stuff for kids to play with but not worth it for adults. Glad I got to see it though.

Portgordon seals

3. Seals at Portgordon

My mum took this photo as I didn’t bring my proper camera. It’s always good to see the seals and there were so many that day. Unfortunately, some idiot man ignored the signs and walked far too close and scared them all off into the sea (which is dangerous for them if they’re tired!).

Blackhills Estate

4. Blackhills Estate Garden

Now for a run of photos from this wild garden near Elgin that I visited with my dad. It’s only open one day a year, when the rhodedendrons are in bloom, so it was very lucky that I happened to be visiting – and that the weather was so nice. You can follow them on Facebook to see when the next one is.

Blackhills Estate

5. Lake View

We did the long walk, which takes you round the lake and up high. There were so many nice views and you’re never sure how much was planned and how much is nature’s doing. That rainbow of trees is quite something.

Blackhills Estate

6. Rhodedendrons

The rhodedendrons were well worth the visit as there were hundreds of them, in all different colours. They were all at different stages too so it was interesting to see the difference from the buds to full flowers.

7. Summer House

Is this perhaps the most photogenic summer house in existence? That perfect blue, the arched windows, the mismatched glass, the door! Even the tree stump is perfectly placed.

Blackhills Estate

8. Edward VII postbox

It’s like they knew I was coming. As a postal nerd and garden lover, I was utterly delighted by this postbox hugging a tree.

Angel Bunny at Blackhills Estate

9. Angel Bunny at Blackhills Estate

Angel Bunny had quite a holiday, with 9 new photo opportunities. You can catch up with him on Instagram at @angelbunnytravels.

10. Ice Cream

My first ice cream of the year at the East Beach in Lossiemouth (where I grew up). I had raspberry and dark chocolate, though they also had Tunnock’s Teacake ice cream!

If you actually wanted to see all my photos, good news, they’re on Flickr.


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