Have hook will travel

You may remember that one of my goals in 2017 was to meet up with friends I have made here and through other social media channels. Having a target gave me focus and so I easily reached my goal of seven visits – I went just down the road for some, and as far as Manchester and Devon for others. However, one trip that was planned did not come to fruition until a couple of weeks ago.

When I originally mentioned my intention, Jenny from Simply Hooked commented that she’d love to meet up, but that she lives in such a remote part of the UK it seemed unlikely. Never being one to shy away from a challenge, I started looking at the possibility of organising a trip and it wasn’t too long before advice had been sought and bookings made. The advice was ‘come in May before the midges and children appear’. However, it was too late for 2017, so it had to be 2018.

So, earlier this month, we set off for the west coast of Scotland, stopping on the way to visit New Lanark for a few days and buy a little bit of wool – you get a discount if you are staying at the hotel, so it would have been churlish not to.

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Beautiful New Lanark and the River Clyde

After staying for three nights, we continued our journey, arriving at our final destination to beautiful weather. Jenny and George kindly provided lunch the following day, and the weather was obligingly good enough for us to enjoy the sun and company in their garden.

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Sunshine and smiles

Later in the week we visited the little art gallery in the village and I was able to snuggle some of the beautiful crochet that Jenny has for sale there:

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Isn’t it lovely?

Sadly we were only there for a week, but we plan to return. More on the beauty of Scotland in later posts.

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  1. Oh Lord, the Scottish midges. Back when I had a reason to go there often, I tried to avoid April – September for just that reason. September is absolutely the best time; it’s not trying to be summer any more, but the weather is often excellent, and best of all, the midges have greatly decreased.

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  2. I like the knitted hot water bottle covers!

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  3. Lovely to start seeing pictures of your exploits! The hot water bottle covers are crocheted – but in linen stitch which looks a bit like knitting. Sadly the little gallery is closing down in June….

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  4. You and Jenny could be sisters! What a fun focus for a trip.

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  5. How nice to be able to visit a lovely area plus meet good people–good for you!

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  6. What an awesome time!

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  7. What a glorious setting for a meet-up that looks like it brought you both a lot of joy! You look like kindred spirits in that photo for sure. It is one of the best things about blogging, the chance to get to know and then spend time with people you really like! I wish you many more visiting opportunities! xo

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  8. You do look like sisters, especially as you both have smiles that capture the joy of your meeting! As for the midges, well, I suppose even paradise has a down side. ☺️

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  9. I must have missed that post, otherwise I would have said I’d also love to meet you and then you could have just nipped down to Cape Town…

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  10. What a super trip, I had wondered where you were. Glad the midges let you alone. You both look very happy and the crochet is very pretty.

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  11. Laurie Graves

     /  May 28, 2018

    What fun! Hope to meet a few of my nearby blogging friends this summer.

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  12. What a fantastic idea – I don’t think I would be brave enough, so admire your trips immensely.

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  13. Curses, I’ve missed my window for visiting! But at least it’s just up the road (sort of) from me so takes slightly less planning. Isn’t Scotland gorgeous 🙂

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