I'm sure you're all familiar with Suzi B from California Style (see photo left). Well, we have become quite firm friends over the years, and as her husband Adam's family originally hail from the Highlands, they chose Perth to celebrate his 40th birthday!
Colin and I flew to Edinburgh on Saturday morning and then caught the bus to the city centre. It took about three hours in total – which I thought was amazing considering it can take me that long some mornings to travel the 45 miles to QVC Towers. However, 50 minutes in a plane and it's like another world! WOW! I've never been to Edinburgh before but I loved it.
We had a brief look around the castle and then listened to this young bagpipe player (see photo below) before heading off by train to Perth. I should add at this point that we were only two of 18 people – the others in the party had flown in from the USA the day before. So, I think in fairness we probably represented the kind of group you'd be happy to move carriages to avoid! All of us talking at once and laughing inanely at the silliest of things.
From Perth we hired cars and drove to a tiny village where Suzi had rented a huge old house called Drumkilbo, and that's where we began our celebrations.
Apparently the Queen used to stay there at least twice a year as it's only 8 miles from Glamis Castle, where the Queen Mother lived as a little girl, and where she also gave birth to Princess Margaret.
The weather could not have been better, the house was splendid and we even managed a visit to Glamis Castle on the Sunday before we flew home. What a fabulous place that is! Amazing grounds, and so pretty – like the kind of castle you'd find Rapunzel hidden away in! Our American friends were thrilled with all the history, and it certainly made for a fabulous day out.
Well, I'm off to a little Greek island tomorrow and I promise to write and post more photos on my return…. you going anywhere nice this summer? Even being at home with the sun shining can be a lovely break. Take care wherever you're going to be.
Love Ali x