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One of the reasons I’ve started this blog now is to take part in some CPD- Rudai 23 an online course for Information Professionals to learn more about online tools, particularly social media. I took part in another 23 things a few years ago, but decided it was time for a refresher, so new blog, new course.

For non Librarian-types there will be other posts relating to cats, crafting & cakes. T bag


Beach and birthday tea.

Finally a sunny day, though the wind was bracing! So we headed to the beach with our tent, a picnic basket and the boules.
Brig house bayThe tide was on its way in but still a walk away.

We had a cuppa using my birthday picnic basket, then our regular game of beach boules, where as usual I was beaten soundly.


Then later off for a birthday afternoon tea at the local hotel.

Cally tea

Locally made & tasty; silver tea and coffee pots BUT huge error on their part – TEABAGS.

Still, we enjoyed it and managed clean plates !

Calmly tea finished

Galloway Hills

We decided to take a chance on the weather today and head to the forest park.

We walked around Black Loch….

Black Loch


Sculpture at Black Lloch

And I played with my camera settings…



And found this trying to dry out…


At at this point it became apparent that I hadn’t fully waterproofed my boots, and the day ended with a trip to an outdoors shop to fix the problem!

A wet day in Galloway

As the weather precluded a nice beach visit, we headed to Castle Douglas to wander round the shops.

I resisted the fabric, wool and jewellery in the art shop, but gave in to temptation in the ironmongery

Teapot stand image

and bought a new tea pot I don’t need. It does make a lovely brew.

Then further down the street I saw an a-frame announcing a new dressmaking shop! Holm Sown has just opened and was a lovely modern style shop with fabric, notions and a workshop space. I couldn’t leave without something…

Holm sown buysNow to decide what to make with 2 metres of viscose.

Then to The Stewartry Museum in Kirkudbright. Full of bits and pieces from the local area including this, which I’m glad I don’t have to use.


And this, sounds useful.