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Gourdon, Scotland

Taking the fast lanes up the M6, it didn't take long to get to Scotland, then I slowed down a little, and enjoyed the wonderful countryside. Hey, it's just like Tasmania!! A little greener, but with the buttery yellow of gorse - that awful noxious scrub brought to Tasmania way back when by the first settlers - growing rampantly everywhere.

Once turned off the freeway, it was on to the tiny winding secondary roads to get across to the coast near Gourdon, the home of Emma and Hamish, travellers whom I'd met back in 2008 in San Jose, Costa Rica. It was a climb up from the freeway, with stunning views over the valleys beyond.

The view from Garvoch Hill. It was actually a lot higher than it looks in the photo, too.

Below: the view of the village of Goudon from Em and Hame's garden.

On the Wednesday morning, Em and I, with the kids - 18 mo Sam, and 3 mo Isla - bundled up warmly in the pusher, set off for a walk to the village of Inverbevie, a mile or so beyond the tiny fishing village of Gourdon. For such a small hamlet, the playgroup/gym for tinies in the community hall was amazing. Is there even anything like this in Australia? I'm not sure!

 

Some views along the way to Inverbevie:

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Below: The Cutty Sark pub in Inverbevie.

Below: Heading back down to sea level in Gourdon.

Below: Em and Hame's white house in the centre, middle distance.

Below: Delightful row houses, with pretty, blooming gardens

Below: looking back towards the village from the house.

Unfortunately, it had to be a fleeting visit, as I was due back near London by Thursday night, ready for the Brit Butt Rally at the weekend. But I'll be back!! It was so quiet and restful, and it was good to relax with friends who understand my itches - travelling and Iron Butt riding. And the kids were wonderful company, too, a pleasure to be with!

 

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