It only seems like five minutes ago since I published my engagement post, but since then The Bloke and I have been busy exploring the incredible sights that this area of Scotland has to offer. We’re staying at Creel Cottage in the coastal village of Johnshaven, and as well as relaxing and enjoying the views and calm atmosphere here, we’ve been able to go and see some things that have been on my Bucket List for a long time. It’s like something from a film set – everything is just beautiful – and the people are open, warm and friendly.
Here are just some of the highlights:
- Dunnottar Castle – Incredible view, a proposal, glorious weather.
- Eating a beautiful chocolate fondant at the local pub.
- Witnessing hundreds of nesting birds on the cliff faces at the RSPB sanctuary at Crawton.
- Walking along St Cyrus beach to visit a waterfall.
- Photographing Stonehaven harbour.
- Watching seals basking and swimming about in the sea at Newburgh.
- Sitting on my favourite spot, on the wall opposite the cottage, looking out to sea every morning and evening.
And tomorrow, we’re off to go and harass Steve (Steve Says). After talking to him online for over two years, I’m finally going to meet him in person. I have an image in my head of how it is going to happen – we’ll see each other in the distance and we’ll run towards each other in slow motion while a power ballad from an 80’s band plays in the background, and The Bloke and Greg will cheer us on, with tears of joy in their eyes.
Or it’s going to be an awkward hug in the car park.
Either way, it’s going to be a brilliant ending to a truly life-changing week.
Thank you so much for all of your messages (which I’ve received in the hundreds). I was totally overwhelmed, and if I’m being honest, it’s still not sunk in yet. I’m assuming it’s going to take a while…
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Lovely Photos Suzie!!
I would love to explore from the south of England to the north of Scotland. Great Britain is the first place I would love to visit if money were no object.
I can’t complain about our history – we’re truly blessed over here!
Looks a dream 🙂
It really is Richard!
Amazing place and amazing pictures. 😃
Thanks Simon! I certainly is an experience I’ll never forget!
I can imagine that, I would live to go now…
Reality check! I don’t do hugging lol
Lies Steve! Yes you do!
Haha, my secret is out now
Um, did you forget to mention that you steal a glance at that gorgeous ring, like every other second? Photo the castle, look at the ring, grin at The Bloke. Photo the waterfall, look at the ring, grin at The Bloke. Bite of fondant, look at the ring, grin at The Bloke. Photo the bridge, look at the ring, grin at The Bloke.
It’s OK – we know. 😀
Hahaha! You’re so right Sharon – I’ve been catching myself staring at it at every available opportunity!
It sounds a perfect end to your week, meeting up with Steve after chatting with him for so long. i hope you have a wonderful day 🙂
Thanks so much my lovely! We did indeed have a nice time! How’s your week been? I reeeeeeally need to catch up with you all!
You have definitely had an eventful week, Suzie! 🙂
Meeting a twitter friend is cool, did it last year now have two very dear friends I can rely on, have one still to meet.
Did Newburgh & the seals shipwreck myself last week with aforementioned twitter friend last Saturday, the sound they make is amazing.
Haste ye back!
Aww we missed you by a week! I loved Newburgh – we managed to befriend one of the seals who came up really close to investigate. I called it Shirley. It looked like a Shirley.
I will look out for Shirley the next time I’m there, cute, curly hair and dances near the good ship-wreck!
I need to send you a pic of her so you can identify her (I know, that’s ridiculous, but still)
If my kids can recognise sheep in a farm(believe me! they can) I’m sure I can reunite with Shirley:)
Haha! I’ll find the picture for you!
These photo’s are definitely inspiring me to re-visit Scotland which I haven’t been to for many years. Lovely! Hope your meeting goes well with ‘SteveSays’ – haha fab! x
Thanks Wendy! Where have you visited?
When I was about 13, we went to the Isle of Sky – it pretty well rained the whole time- we were camping but we did lots of laughing despite the weather! About 10 years ago we had a lovely trip caravanning near Loch Lomond and visited Edinburgh and Glasgow… We keep saying we’ll go back to Scotland but never quite make it.. xx
We were talking about visiting a Loch but never quite got round to it… We’ll have to put it on our list for next time!
We did have a lovely week at Loch Lomond – the sun was shining all week and we weren’t even plagued by the midges which we’d been expecting. Definitely one for the list.. x
Sounds absolutely wonderful! And yay! you get to meet Steve! I imagine ‘I wanna know what love is’ playing as you run towards each other, arms outstretched 😀
Hahaha! In slow motion!!
Hi Suzie, congrats. Scotland looks fantastic, and is a place I would love to see one day.
Thanks Drew! It’s definitely somewhere worth visiting, particularly where we have been staying!
I am incredibly happy for you and The Bloke, and wish the two of you nothing but this best!! And wow, the sights sounds amazing, and are proven beautiful by the photos. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Dustin! It has been such a brilliant week!
It sounds absolutely AMAZING, and definitely a week you’ll never forget!:)
You answered my question about what’s around where you stayed..beautifully. A week to remember!
It certainly was! You can find Creel Cottage on facebook if you ever want to go – it’s proving to be very popular!
Looks like you’re in my neck of the woods. I was at the Fowlsheugh nature reserve on Monday. It’s the seabird breeding season at the moment, and so we saw puffins, fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, and more. Even saw some dolphins, and gannets flying past.
We were there on Tuesday! Actually, we were supposed to go there on the Monday, but we overshot the turning to Crawston and just continued onto the castle, thinking we would go on the way back, but then got a bit overwhelmed after he proposed. We regretted not going on Monday, because the weather was much windier on Tuesday. we totally missed the puffins too – we didn’t walk far enough!
Wow! I’m so jealous. I’d love to go to Scotland, most particular to Islay where I had ancestors. Such an exciting place to come from. I am related to the Laphroaig Whiskey distillers and Donald Johnston who drowned in a vat of Scotch. What a way to die!!
My jealousy is tempered however by our trip up to Queensland.
Ooh that’s really interesting! Have you done much research on it? What’s the story with the vat of scotch (I can think of less pleasant ways to go). I’ve always wanted to go to Queensland…
Yours is an amazing life, Suzie.
It’s certainly a blessed one at the minute!
That looks so beautiful. Apart from a brief visit to Edinburgh once, I’ve never been to Scotland – must go one day!
If you ever get the chance I would absolutely recommend staying where we did – it was perfect!
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