On Sunday evening, my Mum, Dad, Sister and I went along to the Christmas Lights switch on at Loch Lomond Shores. For most people, visiting Loch Lomond is a big day out, but it only take us about 10 minutes to get there by car - and my Sister and I used to work there in Jenners (owned by House of Fraser). So I suppose we aren't as excited by it! But if you aren't from Scotland and would like to know a bit more about Loch Lomond click here. It was a really nice evening out. I went into Jenners and caught up with some of the girls I used to work with, which was nice because I haven't seen them for so long. Then the four of us went along to the Cafe to have coffees and cakes (I had hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream - it was lovely!). There was a lot of stuff going on outside, but I couldn't really manage standing outside for too long in crowds on my crutches. There were a few fairground rides, a stage set up with entertainment and my favourite! - little stalls from local farms which always have lovely fresh food.
|Loch Lomond on a rare sunny day. Image not mine. Sourced from Council Website. (Shops and National Park Centre are behind the photographer)|
Just before the lights got switched on, we caught a quick set by the Scottish band Skerryvore (link to their site here). They were surprisingly good, well I thought they were anyway! I quite like Scottish music, although it's not something I always gravitate towards listening to on an everyday basis. It's the only way that I can listen to and enjoy bagpipes (yes I did say I enjoy bagpipes sometimes). Most people think Ross from Friends or some other atrocious death march when they think of bagpipes. But, if you give this a listen it just might prove that they're not always bad! It makes me feel all patriotic, which is maybe a bit weird, but oh well. Sorry for the dodgy camera-manning, but I was trying to balance on one foot; if you get motion sickness - close your eyes!
On the way out, we stopped at an Aberdeen Angus burger stall for dinner. I'm not a fan of red meat day-to-day, but I tend to enjoy it more the fresher the meat is. So as this meat had came directly from a farm it was amazing! I had a little bit of cheese and a dollop of tomato sauce on mine. A yummy end to the day.
As soon as I got home, it was straight in a warm bubble bath with my new Yankee Candle, Christmas Eve burning, to rest my sore upper body muscles from carting myself about for a few hours. My arms and back are still a bit sore today - so I think that calls for another bubble bath! I'm so excited for Christmas, it's definitely my favourite time of year, and this little outing has just made me even more excited!