Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Explore 700 years of history in one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses. The place-name Drum is derived from Gaelicdruim, ‘ridge’. As is obvious from the pictures on this page, Drum Castle does not benefit from a spectacular island or crag-top location. And neitherContinue Reading

This week, readers, I’ve taken a vow of silence. It didn’t start for spiritual or religious reasons, although the quiet is giving me a lot of time for self-reflection in those areas. My silence started as a sponsored silence for a support group I run for mental health in MiltonContinue Reading

My Fitness Journey Blog Day #55 Since my tattoos have stopped flaking after the touch up just over a week ago, I’ve been able to resume my daily swimming routine. It’s not only fantastic for joint pain (as a sufferer of fibromyalgia) but great for losing weight, toning up theContinue Reading

Pain: 7.5/10 Tiredness: 7.5/10 Mood: 😖 This week has slam-dunked me through the basketball net so hard the air’s deflated right out of me. I wanted to rate both my pain and tiredness at eight but I have the feeling that would tempt fate to prove me wrong. I don’tContinue Reading

Pain: 8/10 Tiredness: 9/10 Mood: 😴 It was my sister’s wedding this week. I’m exhausted. The last week, I haven’t done much. I’ll be honest with you spoonies since I know you can keep secrets – I have been laying in my bed feeling sorry for myself well over aContinue Reading

Table decorations were shipped off to the venue with the bride and mother of the bride who travelled down to the countryside manor. All the bridesmaid dresses turned up and fit as well as can be expected bar one which turned out to be due to user error. One ofContinue Reading

Willows Animal Sanctuary is the largest, ethically managed, equine, farm and domestic animal sanctuary in Scotland and will try to help any animal in distress. We operate a strict no-kill policy and only euthanise an animal on veterinary advice. We look after over 450 animals including over 100 horses, poniesContinue Reading

Only seven days remain until the bride and groom get hitched. It’s fairly quiet now, no more Bridezilla tantrums can be seen on the horizon until at least the night before the wedding. In one more day the bridesmaid dresses are due to arrive (on Halloween to be exact) andContinue Reading

Is it possible to get too thin? My aims of eating better and exercising more were not solely to lose weight. I have now decided if I don’t fit in the dream dress purchased for a discounted rate of £5 at the charity shop would not be a major loss.Continue Reading

Enter the largest surviving medieval bishop’s house in Scotland – the residence of the bishops of Moray for 500 years. Royalty travelling in the area sometimes used the palace as a guesthouse. The ruins are eerie. You can still see Spynie Loch which has been drained significantly smaller than itsContinue Reading