Digital Down Time

I think most Londoners will agree that the city can feel very small and cramped after a while. I was beginning to find myself getting sick of all of the things I usually love (paying £3 for a hipster coffees, frantically hunting down wifi and waking up with Aperol induced fuzziness, etc) so we decided to take a proper break from it all and escape to Scotland for some proper rest and relaxation.

Scotland holds some very special memories for me as my family used to go every May when I was growing up and staying on the West Coast. I hadn't been back for a long time so it felt very weird returning as an adult and being in the front seat rather than the back of the car listening to Dire Straits whilst driving very fast sensibly through the Highlands (we were trying out the BMW 1 Series, which if you haven't done so, do). This time we were travelling a little further and after a day and a night in the car, a 6 hour ferry and a drive down the beach (pretty much the only way to get to the house) we arrived at our home for the week.

breton shirt, Saint James / jeans, Topshop 

When we first got there I panicked. No phone signal, no electricity in the house and certainly no internet. Then I looked outside the little wooden windows in the house and decided I would happily trade all of those "necessities" for the view. We spent our first evening barbecuing shrimps on the beach while watching the dogs run freely across the white sand. Safe to say I felt like we were on holiday...

jumper, Barbour

Mornings are pretty special as some of the photos show. A couple of times we woke up for sunrise, curled up in bed with hot coffee and big socks waiting for the skies to turn pink, purple and then blue. Breakfasts were kippers from the fish shop, chunky toast with butter and marmalade (also in bed). By this point Lopez would be itching for a walk so we'd open the door and let him run for it. Anyone who has a dog in London - or a city - will know the joy it brings to watch your little monster run free, without a collar or lead for hours on end. It was one of the major highlights of the trip.

my coat, Barbour / my shirt, Saint James / my sunglasses, Max and Co / his coat, Barbour / his jumper, Barbour

Clothing wise, current trends go out of the window and its all about the classics. We bombed around in our Barbours (Lopez included) for most of the trip, and the rest of the time it was jeans (the same pair all week), breton tees and big, woolly jumpers (his here, mine here). I finally found use for the cashmere socks I'd had since Christmas too, they didn't really leave my feet the whole time we were there (and pretty much walked themselves to the washing machine when I got home…).

my coat, Barbour / my shirt, Saint James / my sunglasses, Max and Co / his coat, Barbour / his jumper, Barbour

Other adventures included fishing (or rather drinking whiskey watching others fish), playing darts in the  pub, completing daily crosswords and cooking up the kind of food that almost hugs you back to life.  I completely forgot about the fact I couldn't check my phone or emails, in fact I dreaded going back to the real world…

my coat, Barbour / my shirt, Saint James / my sunglasses, Max and Co / his coat, Barbour / his jumper, Barbour / Lopez' jacket, Barbour

If you're after a complete break from "reality" then this really is a special place for it… I had the best time and would trade London life for it in a heartbeat (as long as Ocado can get there…).

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Josie said...
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Josie said...

What lovely photos! I don't think there is anyone or anything as happy as a dog on a beach. Glad you had a great time! x

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Unknown said...

Where abouts in Scotland is this?

Unknown said...

Lovely post. What breed are your dogs they are unbelievably cute!?

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