Friday, March 24

A Birthday Weekend in Pitlochry

You might have seen on my Instagram stories over the weekend that my boyfriend took me to Pitlochry as a Birthday surprize. We drove their Saturday morning and stayed two nights before getting back on Monday afternoon.

It was an idyllic break and just what the two of us needed - especially Scott who works so hard. Today I thought I would share some of my pictures with you and give you some recommendations if you fancy a weekend in the Scottish Highlands.

Staying: Craigmhor Lodge & Courtyard

This lodge is one of the nicest places I've every stayed - we were in the Deluxe Room outwith the main house. We had our own balcony, a huge freestanding bath, a small dining area and big king size bed. It was beautifully decorated, welcoming and always cosy. I honestly couldn't fault it - they did win National Winner Guest House of the Year in the Scottish Hotel Awards in 2014 after all.

One of the main reasons for this must have been their breakfasts which are included in the price of your say. Now I don't have a lot of experience with hotel breakfasts because we normally opt not to have them so this was a real treat. A selection of cooked breakfasts every morning as well as cereal, yoghurt and fruit to choose from. On the Sunday I had pancakes and bacon (the photo didn't save) and on the Monday it was smoked haddock. Scott had something different every morning too and it looked equally delicious. 

Doing: Pitlochry Dam Walk

Once we checked in on the Saturday afternoon we took a walk down Pitlochry high street and down by the river to the dam and famous fish ladder. As it was later on it was perfectly peaceful and I got to take some photos of the stunning scenery. 

Eating: The Plaice To Be

After what wasn't a very active day Scott and I decided we didn't fancy getting dressed up to go out to eat plus we had to walk past the chippy on our way home. So we took the lazy option and while I queued for our fish suppers (including a white pudding and black pudding to share) Scott went to the coop and bought a couple of bottles of cider. 

It was really tasty and the fish was delicious. Plus the table in our room made us feel more civilised. Just what we needed to relax even if it was a bit cheeky.

Doing: Ben Vrakie

Scott picked out this walk before we arrived so on Sunday we put on our walking boots and headed up the path to Ben Vrakie. The first section of the walk was alright but at 841m high at the summit it became quite a steep climb. So steep in fact I couldn't believe the bath went straight up the side of the mountain we were standing under. 

After puffing out way to the top it was well worth the effort because the views were amazing. It would have been great to stay longer but the wind was really strong and the temperatures were freezing. We got our photos and headed back towards the car. Overall the walk took us three and a half hours - I tried to track it on my fitbit but I don't think the GPS was very good.

Eating: Victoria's Restaurant

Finally as one last birthday treat on Sunday night Scott had booked Victoria's for dinner after some research. The restaurant was lovely all light up by candles when we arrived. For a starter we shared the battered prawns which were lovely, light and crispy. I had steak pie for main which is the perfect Sunday dinner food while Scott has the Salmon. 

After half a bottle of wine and all the food I barely had room for dessert but it was my birthday so I did my best. The chocolate brownie was rich and delicious. The perfect last evening to a lovely weekend. I'd go away all the time if I could.

Scott does lovely things for me all the time but I'm honestly so thankful for the best birthday present I could have asked for. I'll be back in the Scottish Highlands in just two weeks!

Tuesday, March 21

My week in pictures #214

(From top left) Sedimentary logging has got me feeling sleepy. The view from the dam at Pitlochry. Chippy tea in our room on Saturday night. We made it to the top of Ben Vrackie (but only just). Don't think my fitbit got the distance quite right but it was a good effort for a Sunday morning. Steak Pie is the perfect Sunday/Birthday meal.  
How did last week begin? I honestly can't remember but it was so busy. In the week leading up to my birthday I had an assignment to finish which took up a lot of my time. Plus the normal classes and gym session (I skipped one because I needed more time in my week). 

Scott picked me up from uni on Wednesday and as it was still early we walked along to TK Maxx before making a Mexican chicken dish for dinner. We chose out fail-safe favourite taggart to watch before we fell asleep. 

On Thursday I decided to spend the whole day at uni, not wasting time going to the gym or back to the flat for lunch, to get my assignment finished. It was productive so I was able to head back about 4pm without feeling guilty. Shoutout to my flatmate Eilidh for passing her tutor visit on Thursday too - I couldn't be happier for her. 

Friday was BUSY and it barely stopped! After an early start I submitted my assignment around 12pm and dashed home for lunch. I walked in the train to get my eyebrows done but it was the ladies lunch break and I didn't have to wait before dashing back to uni. I was in class from 3-6pm then rushed home to pack and head to Wagamamas for tea with my flatmate and her boyfriend. After a drink in the pub I caught the train to my boyfriends so when I got in after 10pm I was pretty shattered.

It was all worth it though because Scott was taking me away for the weekend. It was the most perfect weekend too. We had the most relaxed time, having a chippy tea, doing some hillwalking and having a nice birthday meal. I have loads of photos so I plan to keep the details for another blog post later in the week. 

This post is actually so late that it is my 22nd Birthday today. I'm a bit of a Birthday Princess and it is my favourite day of the year and although everything hasn't gone to plan I'm looking forward to celebrating it. 

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Thursday, March 16

Beautiful Simply Be Lingerie Review

Pretty Secrets 2 Pack Ella Full Cup Teal/Pink Bras*
I love pretty lingerie but it is still so easy to let your underwear drawer deteriorate. I was delighted when Simply Be got in touch because I already knew they specialise in 'plus size' fashion so I was hoping they would have pretty styles. I would never think of myself as plus size but I find it stupidly difficult to find pretty styled in DD+. Simply Be has lots of choice in pretty lingerie, so I wasn't wrong either!

After alot of deliberation I went for this Pretty Secrets 2 Pack* for a few different reason. At only £30 (so £15 each) they seemed really good value and you get more for your money. I thought the full cups would be the most flattering and comfortable style. A few years ago I bought my first non-padded bra and it was an epiphany! I don't know why I shied away from them before but I find them so much more comfortable. 

When I opened the packaging I knew instantly I'd made the right choice. The bright colour are so pretty and the lace, particularly up the straps, is so elegant. They fit perfectly too with the cup sitting just right without being baggy, the back is fitted without being too tight and the straps are easy to adjust as tight or loose as you like. 

Both these beautiful Simply Be bras have been worn and through the wash already to wear again. I only wish they still had the matching bottoms. I feel like I'm raving about them a little bit but I know when I need some more lingerie I'll definitely be considering Simply Be again. 

A slightly different post from me today but I hope you enjoyed it all the same. If my brothers friends are reading this go away and don't bother sending this post in any group messages!

See my last Simple Be review here - Getting Back into Swimming.