Got back yesterday from a surprise get away from it all weekend. It was my birthday on Sunday and Alan had booked for us to stay here in a lovely spot by the river in Callander which is just a couple of hours drive from where I live. Its the first time I had been here and it turned out to be a lovely little town set on the edge of the http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/
The view from the bedroom window and views of the river running alongside
Strolling through the town on Saturday afternoon, we came across these young lads who set up and began to play blues/jazz, just loved their music and could have stayed there all day just listening, foot tapping I adore listening to music in the streets and according to some literature I saw at the hotel, they hold a jazz/folk festival on a yearly basis in Callander, we had just missed it by a week or so.
The rest of the day was spent driving in the hills and round lochs, listening to relaxing c.d's that Alan had brought along..
WISHING I HAD BROUGHT A TENT....Thoughts of singing ging gang gooly gooly goooly round the campfire, faces lit by the glow off a log fire, cooking sausages and beans...Mel Brookes style.. It surprised me just how many people were camping round the edges of Loch Earn..this campfire was still alight...nothing quite like the smell of wood burning in the open air, it makes me feel all nostalgic, autumn days and all that..
A stark reminder that sometimes,just sometimes it pays to slow down,when we step out of lifes fast lane, some forget to remember that. Luckily no young drivers were hurt whilst gathering pictures for this post...He passed us minutes before in a police car..Oh dear!!!
I really fell in love with Joni Mitchells version of Both Sides Now whilst driving round the Trossachs,brings back memories of driving alongside lush green forests,soaring hills and cool sparkling waters catching the last rays of sun... Alan may well just scream if he hears this version again or have I converted him I wonder????