Finding a gem that's only a few miles awaySometimes some of the prettiest places are those right on your doorstep and we just found one of the most wonderful places is right down the road from us - The House of Dun, Montrose. A perfect way to spend Mother's Day.
Just the other day we decided to join the Scottish National Trust as for just £7 a month we can visit as many NTS properties as well as many on England and Wales. One of the reasons we had not visited the House of Dun was that when we had considered it we realised I never had any change for parking and if we wanted to visit the House we would have to pay over £20. We now have no excuse.
Even though this is just 5 miles down the road we had no idea how extensive the grounds were or that there was a waterfall in the area which had a lovely picnic bench right next to it - guess where we are having lunch this week if the weather is dry!
Today we did not visit the House as we had the dogs and it was a nice day so we fancies a wander round the grounds. I don't actually think you can visit the House until later in the month anyway so I don't think we missed out.
The House of Dun is set amongst the splendid Victorian gardens and woodlands and the were spectacular. At this time of year there is a Scottish Snowdrop Festival which the House of Dun has taken part in meaning much of the woodland walk was through carpets of snowdrops and various information points throughout the walk. Perfect in later years when we ca really talk to M and F about things.
With the woodland being very hilly there was no way that a pram could have been used. Luckily we had carriers for both children or we might have gone home disappointed. It was hard to navigate some of the steps as they were steep and slippy but with care we roamed, a small portion, of the extensive grounds. This meant F was a bit grumpy to begin with as he tends to want to sleep lying down but he dropped off after 10 minutes or so after much protesting and we soon enjoyed a quiet walk! It's also the first time I have ever wrapped him and at first I had not managed to wrap him correctly which I think caused much of the moans as he dropped off only a few minutes after I readjusted the wrap.
M is becoming interested in plants and so we spoke about the flowers and the branches that were all starting to grow - which adds in with some of the messages we have been talking about with the plants we have planted just this week.
Now we have the passes we can go to so many places in the area that we haven't been to before - now just for some warmer weather so we can spend longer outside before M starts to complain about the cold (she really struggles with the cold).