Monday, 24 December 2012

Back Home ....

Our Christmas break in Scotland was everything, and more, we hoped it would be.

The Location ....

The cottage ....

The wildlife ....

The food ....

The drink ....

And, the company ....


We stayed at Ardechive Cottage by Loch Arkaig.  A little slice of paradise, cosy, comfortable, secluded and leaving us with the feeling that it would not be too long before we returned. We booked through Cottages and Castles which I highly recommend for your Scottish retreat. This is the second time we have used their service, which is excellent.

Our feet haven't touched the ground since returning, Christmas shopping, entertaining, parties and last night at the theatre to enjoy the Russian State Ballet performing "The Nutcracker"

Tonight we are off to enjoy our usual Christmas Eve tradition, a night at the movies. It's the best time to go, the cinemas are usually empty and it's the ideal way to wind down after the frantic Christmas activities. "The Hobbit", what else ....

Hope you are taking a little time for yourselves to just relax!


  1. Merry Christmas!!

    I remember many years ago going to see LOTR on Christmas eve :O)

    Looks like a lovely holiday - I'm always in Scotland in the spring or autumn...maybe one year I will be there for Christmas. I recently saw a photo of Oxford Street and it made me mildly homesick for my life in London. What is it about the UK that makes Christmas so much better than over here?

  2. Welcome home, Di! Enjoyed all your photos from Scotland. We just watched the was insane!!! Awesome! AWESOME! Have a warm and merry Christmas~
    My best,

  3. Di,
    Your vacation in Scotland looks to be the stuff of fairy tales, what I wonderful time it must have been. I do appreciate your sharing it with us. If there was any doubt before now, a trip to Scotland is on my bucket list. And I plan on being greedy about it; I want both a summer and winter visits.

    Sounds like you guys have been swept away on a Yule”tide” of seasonal activities upon returning from dreamland. Hoping the remainder of the holiday seasons is just as magical for you. Merry Christmas to you all. - gary

  4. Bonsoir Di, Have a magical Christmas Day with your family and friends...know you will. Your "Highland Fling" looked oh so cozy...the images always divine...and your text had us wanting more! You're a star Di...truly love your blog. Enjoy the Hobbit...wish I was coming too! A bientot.

  5. Oh Di, what a perfect retreat...the wildlife alone is enough to make you stop and get off the wild ride of every day life's demands. But that cottage you stayed in...the FOOD? PERFECT.. And you booked through CASTLES AND COTTAGES! What a perfect enterprise! :)

    I wish you a most wonderful holiday my dearest. WE TOO are going to the cinema on Christmas day. We will either see The Hobbit or LINCOLN!

    Wishes for love and only love! Anita

  6. I must say I like the antlers on the real living thing better than on the wall, but regardless, all is beautiful and lovely and peaceful. Enjoy the movie and the Day.

  7. Glad you had a wonderful break, it looks beautiful. Hope you have a lovely festive season.

  8. Welcome Home! A wonderful Scottish adventure, how lucky you are!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I bought the whiskey shot glasses from your Etsy shop for my husband, and will be giving them to him tonight. Thank you for wrapping, packing and shipping them so beautifully!!
    Take care!!

  9. So glad your Scottish holiday was so perfect - it certainly made me want to go back again some day.
    Meanwhile, here in Devon we're fortunate to be staying where the flooding is not too bad.

    Merry Christmas - enjoy each moment.
    Hugs - Mary

  10. Welkome home

  11. Di, It's the most wonderful time of the year - here with family, great food, and tomorrow morning gifts to share - two boxes from your shop are wrapped and were carefully placed under the tree (can't wait to see Baby's face). Your adventures have been like a good movie - beautiful and making me wish I was there. Hope all your celebrations were/are wonderful. Enjoy The Hobbit, it's on our list of things to do this week. Yuletide Blessings to you and yours from me and mine.

  12. THE HOBBIT IT IS THEN!!! I could NOT decide between that or Lincoln, but Ruben just showed me a trailer of it on Netflix and I am SOLD!

    HUGS AND CHEERS TO MY DEAREST DI! You must be opening presents now! LOVE! Anita

  13. I am astounded you didn`t recognise me in The Nutcracker....I was the lead dancer ......the Arsy Bussell know the one with a pudding named after her!

    Have a wonderful Christmas.....the pics here are fab!

  14. Hello Di

    What a place. This is exactly the type of holiday we also love. Your cottage and the fireplace so beautiful. You sweetheart looks handsome in his hand knitted sweaters.

    Enjoy the remainder of the Christmas season.
    Thanks for your blog, friendship and the joy your bring us

    Helen xx

  15. Hello dear Di! Your trip sounds like heaven! I cannot wait to hear more about it!

    I hope you had a wonderful night at the movies and a wonderful family day on Christmas.

    Thank you so very much for your beautiful blog and even more beautiful friendship, I hope this is the year we get to meet!

    xox Much love dear friend, Elizabeth

  16. Perfect indeed...
    That Scotland magic...the Nutcracker...the Hobbit...each other...just beautiful!
    Wishing you a most blessed and wonderful Christmas, dear friend!!
    Big hugs and lots of love,
    - Irina :)))

  17. Diane, I am doing just that! Have not been out of my pyjamas today!! Your Scottish holiday looks amazing, the photos make me want to be is on my bucket list! Wishing you all the joys of the season, N.xo

  18. Just stumbled on your blog while following link to link.
    Your holiday in Scotland looked blissful. What a lovely idea.
    Your Robin inspired me to do a watercolour painting. The Robin's in the UK are much sweeter looking than the ones we get in Canada.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
    Shelley from Toronto.


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