Blogs from Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Montrose April 20th 2016

I have always meant to keep this blog more up to date but life just seems to get in the way, I wanted to keep this more of a diary of our travels and trips but I’ve not succeeded in that aim, as always I will plan to do so going forward! So, where are we – April 2016, we’re still in the same house and I’m still working the same job. The kids are well, seven, four and two year olds now, work is going well - very busy with some travel to the Middle East (Doha, Abu Dhabi, Muscat) America (Denver, Houston, Austin) and Europe (Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Vilnius) since I last wrote here. Fiona gave up her job with the NHS and is now starting a private practice for Speech and Language Therapy ... read more
Ella as Jessie on her birthday
A rare night out
Peter Pan Park

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Carnoustie August 23rd 2015

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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Kirriemuir June 9th 2015

The day started well and we set off to The Glens, a journey of about 15 miles through some beautiful countryside. We finally arrive at the Glen Doll Forestry Commission complex on the eastern side of the Cairngorm Mountains and prepared ourselves for a fairly difficult climb to the huge basin that is the Corrie Fee, Corrie Fee is truly dramatic, a massive bowl scooped out by a glacier, it is a National Nature Reserve. The climb is through forests and alongside a white water stream. It takes about an hour to walk the two miles and when you eventually emerge from the forest it is just like walking into an amphitheatre. It is awe inspiring to think that several million years ago this basis would have been filled with ice about a 100 metres deep. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Forfar June 7th 2015

7 June Woke up to lighter winds and mixed sun and cloud. Easy drive up to Forfar, site is on the edge of Loch very idyllic except for neighbour's yappy dogs... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Montrose January 20th 2014

Hello my lovelies, I just ask the question as I really don't have a scooby what's happened in the last decade, in 2004 I started planning a round the world trip for me and my tidy girlfriend, later that year it all went ahead as planned and in 2006 we came home enlightened and encouraged. We weren't long back before I started to think about the next trip, Africa and South America were the (not quite so) planned destinations but first we had to pay of the debt accrued from the first trip and save for the next... Then life got in the way. The next year I married the tidy girlfriend. The next year Fiona got pregnant. The next year we had our first born, Lois (now four). The next year Fiona got pregnant. The ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Edzell November 7th 2013

Wow.....finally managed to upload a photo using iPhone. Nexus 7 specially bought for trip seems unable to upload any photos. Never mind .. Will just use iPhone. Now in Edinburgh with Craig Louise and boys and Freya. amazingly managed to keep weight to only 13kg each Bound to have forgotten something! Ah well too late now. Only 2 more sleeps!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Edzell November 6th 2013

Just back from Portmahomack and Rolo handover. We get the feeling that he is going to be a bit spoiled by Emma & Jane but he has settled with Henry OK and stolen all the toys as expected. 2 days left for last minute hitches and seem to be plenty of them! First job was to do this new blog as last one was incompatable with tab. International phone Sim not working so that needs fixed and still waiting for Shirley's new Sim and malaria tabs. Will get excited when these sorted out. This is also just a witter to test the new blog. Next one should be from the Southern hemisphere.....Wooohoooo!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Arbroath September 28th 2013

We have said it before, what a difference a night’s sleep in a very comfortable bed can make. And then to have that capped off by a huge breakfast including scrambled eggs and slices of salmon. Aileen had better be careful or we may never leave Sa’ty Dyke, Rossie Braes. For those interested the house is named after a sea dyke that used to be at the bottom of the section that borders the Montrose lagoon. The dyke was constructed to make salt pans from which sea salt was extracted although this no longer occurs today. We have slipped into cruise mode this morning and eventually we headed off with Aileen to visit her mother (who of course is a Benvie having been married to the son of my late uncle) who is in her late ... read more
The local crowd in the 'Kop' at Gayfield Park,Arbroath
Goal mouth action Arbroath vs Forfar Athletic
The walk of shame for the Forfar Athletic player shown a red card

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Montrose September 27th 2013

We have thoroughly enjoyed our few days in the Highlands even if our last night has been spent in the second most uncomfortable bed we have endured on the BBA V2 at the Glencoe Youth Hostel. Surely the Youth Hostel organisation must be making enough money at GBP46 twin to replace the hard mattresses in their Glencoe establishment. We shall make that suggestion in our review anyway! Before we left the area we checked out the North Balachulish church over the bridge from Glencoe for Gretchen’s lost rellies grave but without any success. And as one last chance we also took the road that runs beside Loch Leven the 12km up to the top of the loch at Kinlochleven just in case there was another cemetery that might reveal their final place of rest. And while ... read more
Oban waterfront
Cousin Aileen's garden

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Montrose August 2nd 2012

Greeeeeeeeeeee – tings! It’s been a while, how have y’all been? Well I hope. So what’s been happening with the family Mudpie over the last few months I hear you ask, well we’ve been on holiday which was awesomeness but I’ll add another blog for that but a few other key events have happened since we just last, the biggest of which being me getting a new job (and if this is the big news it also means there’s no news of another baby on the way, thankfully...) but anyway, my job.. Going way back to when I started this blog in 2004 I took a career break from my job of 6 years to go backpacking around the world, hence the Travelblog, but when we came back Fiona couldn’t get a job in Edinburgh which ... read more
Generation Mudpie
Bath time

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