This year the weather was not on my side at all, in Belfast did it start to rain so soon I put my head outside my hotel in the evening and the days had server overcast and very damp.
And it didn’t change when I moved over to Scotland, but on Sunday we had a beautiful day… with quite a lot of sunshine and in the dusk was it time for Oscar to go to work. I try to avoid letting him work when the sunshine blaster too much.
The darkness fell very quickly – I hardly manage to get the lens cap off before it was dark.
And yesterday, Monday, we were back to wet and miserable.
Portpatrick village is on the south-westerly coast of the Scottish mainland, cut into a cleft in steep cliffs. Anciently known as Portrie (Port Rhin). Dating back some 700 years and built adjacent to the ruins of nearby Dunskey Castle, Portpatrick’s position on the Rhins of Galloway affords visitors views of the Northern Irish coast 21 miles (34 km) to the west, with cliff-top walks and beaches both north and south. With a population of 960 – in the summer, it’s 10 times the amount.
Portpatrick has a Community Council and an annual Life Boat Week, featuring parades, activities, and a firework display. There are bowls clubs, a golf club, many guesthouses and hotels, and rustic public houses. It happens between the last weekend of July and the first in August and the little village is packed to the rim.
When I was working for Stena Line UK Ldt …. And I needed to stay overnight on the Scottish side (Stranraer) I always had my pillows out in the “Port” And it’s how meet and became friends with Geraldine and David, that lives in Dublin, but owns the little Wedgewood blue hotel – The Waterfront Bistro and Hotel at the seafront of Portpatrick. And I come back here to visit every year.
This time they are refurbishing the hotel rooms and their cottages, so the hotel is closed and I have to indulge myself at the Harbour House Pub for both breakfast and dinner, while Geraldine and David took off to Manchester; so only the plaster, painter and me in the hotel.
I meet up with friends …. staff, crew and colleagues; I enjoyed breakfasts, lunches, dinners and coffee dates with them. And there was time for shopping too.
I shopped a bit too much this time – had to post a box to my blogging sister Suzanne@The Travel Bunny in Battle, close to Brighton, that I will be picking up in January when visiting my old home town. Too many shoes and a bit too many Christmas cards ……. and vitamins. *smile
Today I woke up to crisp and sunny morning, even if it had dark edges, my last full day in Scotland for 2014 and it has been absolutely gorgeous. Tomorrow afternoon I will sail back into Belfast and then full safe speed down to Dublin.
Portpatrick, see ye again next year!
”There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter.”