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Inchmahome Island Adventure

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H&M cream midi skirt and stripe bardot top
Inchmahome Island, Scotland
nautical inspired summer outfit
Lake of Menteith, Scotland
Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland
Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland
Forever Amber | Inchmahome Priory, Scotland
Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland
Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland
Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland

♥ H&M skirt  (similar) ♥  F21 top  (similar) ♥  Target hat  ♥  Gucci sunglasses  ♥  Latinas shoes c/o Sarenza

ast week we continued our bid to follow the sun around the country, almost as if the sun was some kind of touring rock band, and we its slightly crazy groupies.

Our previous adventures this summer have taken us east and west, so this time we decided to head north, following our idol, The Sun, up to the Lake of Menteith (It’s Scotland’s only lake, fact fans! All the others are “lochs”, you see…), and then taking the short boat ride across to Inchmahome Island, home of a ruined 13th century priory called – you guessed it – Inchmahome Priory.

Cute story: the man who took us over to the island (Sailed us? Captained us? I mean, I was wearing a vaguely nautical outfit: you’d think I’d know my nautical terminology!) (You wouldn’t actually think that at all, would you? You’re actually amazed I even remember my own name most of the time…) was called John, and by the time we reached the island, Terry had played true to form, and he and John were BFFs. Anyway, John told us to look out for these stone effigies of the Earl of Menteith and his wife, who, rather unusually, are depicted lying with their arms around each other. Kinda sweet, no? In an “effigies of dead people” kind of way.

stone effigies on Inchamhome Island

Our new friend John was also the person responsible for covering these two up at night, to protect them from the bats which occupy the priory, and he told us that when he uncovers them every morning, he likes to say a quick “hello” to them: I loved that, because it’s exactly the kind of thing I’d do myself. The people they depict have been dead for over 700 years, but I expect it would comfort them to know they were being remembered, all these years later, and, indeed, blogged about. OK, maybe not that last bit.

(John also told us he likes to imagine that when everyone’s left the island for the night, the statues throw off their covering, get up, and do whatever it is stone effigies do for fun these days. I like to think that, too. Because it’s true, obviously.)

Anyway, it’s a beautiful island, which made a lovely spot for a picnic in the sun. Terry enjoyed it so much, he even forgot to do his ”Catalogue Man’ pose, for a few… oh no, wait:

Terry-on-atree

I also have some great shots of him jumping off that tree and running towards me like the madman in the woods, but I’m going to save those for the next time I need to bribe him…

looking out over lake menteith

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8 Comments
  • CiCi
    July 16, 2014

    Great hat – I am so after one like this, why did it have to be from Target?!

    • Amber
      July 16, 2014

      I’ve actually just realised the majority of my summer hats are from there – I always forget to pack one when I go on holiday, and have to do an emergency Target run! (Which is at least a good excuse to hit up the beauty section ;))

  • Selina
    July 16, 2014

    I like John. I also greet inanimate objects. More people should do that

  • Sarah
    July 16, 2014

    Such a lovely outfit Amber!

    • Amber
      July 16, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah! I would wear this skirt every day if I thought I’d get away with it – it’s one of those things that works with anything!

  • Mana
    July 16, 2014

    This is probably one of the cooler looking places you’ve shown us. And the stone effigies but is really cool.
    I absolutely love that top. It’s reminded me that sometimes f21 has some good things.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Very Veronique
    July 27, 2014

    I’ve been swapped up with uni so have been off blogging a bit. Glad to see summer has been so adventurous for you. Are you planning a US holiday? (Or have I missed it?)
    I really like how the top looks in that first photo (how it’s on your shoulders).

  • Emma
    August 4, 2014

    Gorgeous outfit! I love the quilted skirt. Looks like a lovely place. xxx

AD | We’re spending a few days at @highlandheatherlodges in beautiful Perthshire, for what Terry is optimistically referring to as his ‘birthday week’. (I say ‘optimistically’ - we’re only here for three days, and his birthday was yesterday, but don’t stop believing, Terry!)⁣
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There’s a hot tub for us and a playpark for Max, so needless to say, we’re having a fantastic time, and I’m already dreading having to leave. Today’s big question: can I pass as an under-12, so I qualify for a pony ride at the nearby wildlife centre? 🤔 (On second thoughts, don’t answer that one...)⁣
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AD | We’re spending a...

AD | Time for a quick game of “Where’s Amber?”⁣
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It’s another rainy Monday, so I’m throwing it back to our trip to @universalorlando ‘s amazing Volcano Bay water park last month. I’m a bit of a scaredy when it comes to water flumes, but this park had tons of stuff for pretty much everyone: plenty of rides for me, and an amazing splash pad for Max 👶In fact, I’d still be on The Fearless River right now if I possibly could be. Still, doing the laundry and turning the heating on will be just as good, right? Right?! 🌋 🏊‍♀️ .
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AD | Time for a...

Good news! We took Max to hospital this morning, and saw two different surgeons, who agreed there was no need to go ahead with the surgery as his lip is healing really well on its own 😅  He’ll definitely have a scar, unfortunately, but that would’ve been the case whether he’d had the surgery or not, and if it turns out to be worse than anticipated, we’ll have the option to have it corrected under local anaesthetic when he’s older. ⁣
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I’m still really upset that this happened in the first place, obviously, but so relieved that we don’t have to put him through a general anaesthetic, and just incredibly grateful that it wasn’t anything worse. I know some parents have to deal with much more serious stuff than this, and my heart goes out to you all: it’s been a rough couple of days, and I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday’s post - your stories were so comforting when I was panicking yesterday ❤️ ⁣
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(Old photo, obviously: every time Max sees the selfie camera, he thinks it’s going to be one of those filters where you open your mouth and something happens 😂)⁣
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Good news! We took Max...

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve just spent the morning in Accident & Emergency with Max, who fell on the path outside the house and split his lip open 😥 ⁣
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They tried to stitch it up at A&E, but it was totally impossible with him awake, so they’ve booked him in to have it done under general anaesthetic tomorrow ... Max is absolutely fine: the bleeding stopped quickly, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, and is just his normal, happy little self. I, on the other hand, am a complete wreck: the plastic surgeon he saw today reckons if we don’t have it fixed, his lip will be crooked when it heals, but I’m absolutely *terrified* of the thought of my baby having to have a GA. ⁣
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If you’re a long-time follower, you might know that I have a full-blown phobia of general anaesthetic (I literally had an elective c-section in order to eliminate the possibility of an emergency one, which might have had to be done under GA), so I just can’t get my head to accept that it’s safe and he’ll be fine 😥 ⁣
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Positive stories and advice very welcome: I’m just so terrified, I can’t even imagine how to get through the next 24 hours 😥😥😥

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve...

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#throwbackthursday to last week, when...

I posted this on Stories over the weekend, but he looked so cute in it I figured it deserved a spot on the grid, too! This is Max all ready for his friend Eleah’s 1st birthday party on Saturday: despite the jetlag and his continuing obsession with doors of all kinds (He had an entire soft play at his disposal, but he mostly just wanted to open and close the gate into it...) he had an absolute ball, and spent the whole drive home shouting, “HAPPY! HAPPY!” Thanks to @thestirlingstyle for a great party 🥳 🎈 🎉 . (Oh, and that’s his hairbrush in his hand - boy likes to look his best 😉)
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