Hogmanay at Scolty hill.

Well, it is that time of year again and it is so great to be at home and enjoying the festive break with my little family. A time of reflection,  indulgence, love and future planning. I don’t know about you but I am ending 2018 on a high, it has been good and I leave the year feeling thankful and happy.

What to do for NYE? Well, for myself, nothing beats getting up, getting out and going for a brisk walk in the fresh air huh? In my opinion, a dose of fresh air and getting away to the countryside for a day of exploring doesn’t really compare to much else. It brings a sort of contentment that not even a shopping trip can bring.


As a family we love to spend quality time together and we love to be outdoors. To explore and to go on search of adventure. I like to take photographs and be out in force with nature, oh – and be with my family of course so when Hogmanay came around it was a no brainer for finding a family activity.


We got up early, grabbed our dog Fern and off we went to the hills. We opted to go back to Scolty, a nice walk and a good length for Eleanor and what she can tolerate while bobbing about in the sling. If you ask me she had it easy being carried around by Dad, eating snacks and avoiding having both feet lost into a puddle of gooey mud or as I like to call it, sinking sand. Besides Fern loves to be off lead and roaming free, she’s happiest at the forest as we all are.

We took a new route this trip, something to mix it up a little but  we came to conclude that we strolled off track, got a little lost and ended up in some mass of swamp land, or at least it seemed so. You better believe that I was that person who “didn’t need any help” , done it my own way and nearly ended face down into a pool of muck. Blamed it all on Euan too, naturally.


Both feet soaked, mud squelching around my toes and a face on like a slapped arse I suppose the walk didn’t go quite like I had pictured at first, however, we laughed together, enjoyed a nice conversation and surrounded ourselves with the great outdoors so I’d say it made for a pretty successful morning of New Year’s Eve, even if 24 hours later my shoes are still sitting out to dry.

From my family to yours, wishing everyone a Happy New Year and good health, all the best.



Published by Keren Ross

Scottish Wife and Mother of one. Exploring life with her family and documenting it online.

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