Primark gingham pencil skirt

The Isle of Arran

Troon, Scotland

Troon, Scotland

Primark black and white pencil skirt

Troon, Scotland

♥ Primark gingham skirt [similar ] ♥ Ancient black crop top  ♥ F&F wedges  ♥ House of Harlow sunglasses

hen I look back on this blog in years to come, I’m probably going to think this summer was one of those long, hot, and almost certainly mythical ones people are always remembering from their childhoods. Needless to say, it hasn’t been like that at all: we’ve really only had the occasional nice day scattered in amongst a whole lot of grey ones, but at least when those nice days come, we’re ready for them.

This week’s random nice day came on Tuesday, and as we’d had some advance warning of it, we once again worked extra hard over the weekend, so we could take off on an adventure in the sun. We knew it was going to be sunniest on the west coast, so that’s where we headed, because if the sun jumped off a cliff, you better believe we’d follow it.  Ha! Take that, sun! You won’t beat US that easily!

We had no particular destination in mind, so we simply headed west, and waited to see where the road would take us. As it turned out, that place was the little coastal town of Troon, where we ate ice cream, walked along the sea-front, and made a brand new friend, in the shape of a random stranger, who I started to fear we would never shake off. This was to be the story of our trip – and of our lives, actually. While I was cursed with a resting bitch face, which means that even the people I actively TRY to befriend don’t really take to me, Terry draws strangers to him like flies to honey – or like me to the Zara sale. Everywhere we go, people will latch onto him and start telling him their life stories. Maybe it’s because of his ‘Catalogue Man’ persona?

catalogue man

Or, you know, maybe not.

Having had a pleasant walk around Troon, we got back into the car, and continued on our way to Largs, where we caught the ferry to the island of Great Cumbrie, and then a bus to the town of Millport. It was in Millport that Terry made his second lifelong friend: I left him on his own for just a few minutes, while I braved the public restrooms at the harbour, and when I came back out, he had been joined by a man called George (I know this because he introduced himself to Terry three times in the few minutes I was standing there), who Terry talked about for the rest of the day. “George was telling me…” he would start, and I’d be all, “George? Who the hell is George?”

Anyway, once we’d shaken off George, and also the two little boys who became Terry’s 3rd and 4th new BFFs of the day, we set off to explore Millport, which is another one of those picture-perfect little British seaside towns, right out of an Enid Blyton novel. It’s also one of those places I returned from, and instantly started looking up property prices for, because I’ve always wanted to live on an island, by which I mean, “I’ve wanted to live on a island since Tuesday, when I went to an island.” Seriously, though, look at it:

Millport, Great Cumbrie, Scotland

Millport, Great Cumbrie, Scotland

Millport, Great Cumbrie, Scotland

Millport, Great Cumbrie, Scotland

Millport, Great Cumbrie, Scotland

Millport, Great Cumbrie, Scotland

Millport, Great Cumbrie, Scotland

Millport, Great Cumbrie, Scotland

Millport, Great Cumbrie, Scotland

You feel almost like you were right there with us, don’t you? In fact, you’ll never need to go there yourselves, now, because I took eleventy-one thousand photos for you. You’re welcome.

You totally SHOULD go, if you get the chance, though. And if you ever do, don’t forget to say hello to George for us…

largs, scotland

largs, scotland

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  1. Oh my, I’m so glad that I’ve found someone else who uses “eleventy” when not exaggerating things, AT ALL! I also very much like the idea of living on an island, perhaps that’s where my house-hunting has been going wrong.

  2. Oh shush!….I don’t believe for a moment that you have a “resting bitch face”, as you so eloquently put it, as you always look so beautiful so surely your face can’t change THAT much, can it?! That comment did make me laugh though as I have one of those faces too. At least in this weather I can blame it on the blinding sunshine! The rest of the year I can only blame it on the genes. (Thanks folks!)

    British seaside towns definitely have a certain charm and your pics capture that beautifully. Especially love that last pic. Cute!

    1. Oh, trust me, I’m constantly being told to “smile, it might never happen”, or having people confide that when they first met me, they thought I was un-approachable – luckily it doesn’t come across so much on the blog because you only get to see my “smiling for the camera” face”!

      1. Yep, I get all of that too. “Cheer up love, it might never happen” (er…excuse me, oh so thoughtful person that you are, but I think you’ll find it just DID!) On the flip-side I bet that none of the naturally cheery-looking brigade ever had a complete stranger walk up to them in the street and smugly say “Can you please look a little less approachable as your friendly, happy expression and apparent good fortune is really bothering me!”

        *Sigh*…the curse of the resting bitch face…(is it just me or does that sound like a great name for a song title?!)

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your day, Amber. Millport looks lovely – I live in Edinburgh and have never been but I’m going to be in that neck of the woods on Sunday so if it’s a nice day (though I’m sure it will be raining, knowing my luck!) I might go and explore it!

    Did you go to Nardini’s in Largs? I love their Dime ice cream!


    1. We didn’t, unfortunately – we were all ice-creamed out by that point! It’s a good excuse to go back sometime, though 😉 Hope the weather is good for you at the weekend!

  4. I think it’s very cool that you can day trip to the east coast one day, and the west coast on another. Canada is a bit too wide for that, LOL. I really enjoyed your photos today, and chuckled about Terry’s magnetic qualities. The links to the towns you visited were appreciated too. Island life does look enticing, but a word of warning: I’ve read several books* that are about island life in Scotland, and someone is always getting murdered. Now, the good news is that they always catch the killer.

    *okay…mystery novels

  5. I have such fond memories of visiting Millport as a child. It’s a lovely little place. I’m from the West Coast and visit regularly so I must try and take a trip back over the water sometime soon. I’ve got Arran on my list too, the perfect place for camping in the summer.

  6. I loved the photos. Looks very quaint.

    Your skirt is perfect, but let’s talk about Terry’s…ensemble, he is so on trend with the whole normcore vibe. That guy is gonna make you up your game.

    That last photo is perfect.

    Did George take it? He is a great photographer. I might have kept him around a while longer, just for the photo ops : )


  7. No way is your gingham skirt from Primark! Shame it’s sold out as I love gingham, its grown on me so much in the past few weeks. Your midi skirt is quite vintage looking. I love your photos too. I’m also from UK but I’ve not been to any of these places. Your photos make the UK look hot and sunny!

  8. Ah! You never have photos of Terry in your post! Or, if you do, I’ve been too much of a sucky-blog-follower to see them. He was always l like this massive illusion to me! So thanks for the introduction!

    Love the photos, looks like a wonderful day and I hope you have a lovely weekend =)

    Corinne x

    1. Haha, really? There are actually quite a few photos of him dotted through it (there were some last week, too), but I don’t like posting photos of other people, in case someone says something snarky about them… It does tend to make people think I don’t have any friends, though!

  9. I love your blog, you always look lovely. Quick question please? How did your clothes fair at the clothes shop? Last I read you were going to collect them and/or proceeds. Apologies if I’ve missed the post. I am sure they sold well because you have some lovely things. Thanks. Sorry if this is too nosey!

    1. They sold about 9 out of the 15 items, if I remember correctly… I didn’t make a huge amount of money from it, but it was better than nothing!

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