Friday, 29 September 2023



Have a good weekend everyone.   Bon week-end à tous. Le Pont de Beaugency

Monday, 25 September 2023

Sunday, 24 September 2023

Belleisle benches


For our last walk in Ayrshire Pauline and I walked along the seafront again before heading back inland along the river Doon and onto Belleisle Park.  

The gardens around the glasshouse were a delight...

and we were spoilt for choice for benches!

Saturday, 16 September 2023

Leaving Rothesay and the Isle of Bute.

Before heading for the ferry back to the mainland after our visit to Mount Stuart House we decided to check out the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, formerly the Winter Garden which sits within the well manicured esplanade gardens, note the palm trees! 

The Winter Gardens started life as an open air bandstand (1895), it received its circular cover the early 1920s and its stage hosted top-ranking variety summer shows for many years for the many holiday makers who would venture 'doon the watter.'

The current Discovery Centre has a tourist information and visitor centre - plus a cinema and restaurant. It was a good way to end our visit to the island.

Friday, 15 September 2023

Benchmarking Scottish beauty spots...

The grounds of Mount Stuart House in Rothesay are, as you would expect of such a fine house, delightful, with formal gardens and natural paths leading down to the shorefront. 

A Scottish palm tree!

Richard appears to be proposing to Francoise here but he was actually showing the results of his foraging. 

On the way up to the house we stopped at the 'village' of Kerrycroy.

Thursday, 14 September 2023

Mount Stuart overindulgance?

Our visit over to Rothesay was to take in a visit to Mount Stuart House a late 19th-century mansion with private chapel built for the 3rd Marquess of Bute by Robert Anderson. 

The 'house' has the external appearance of a Venetian palace but in red sandstone and no expense was spared in fitting it out with the finest Italian marble and other extravagant embellishments. For the time the cost was astronomical, the equivalent of over £50 million today. 

The guided tour by a lady who had worked in the house alongside the butler was very informative but it was difficult,for me anyway, to see beyond the overindulgence of the place when at the time the money was being spent there would have been a lot of poverty in the country.