Oh, internet, how I did miss thee! It never fails to amaze me just how much I depend on the internet these days and even though I’m not the most social of creatures, I still have a fairly active life online. I always read these reports on how people are so addicted to the internet, they break out into a sweat if they can’t get online. I’m glad to say I’m not that bad but I do miss it – it cannot be denied. The internet is a creative outlet for me more than anything else and that’s what I miss the most. I’d be sitting in the caravan, wondering about local history or something, and my fingers would itch to launch Safari but then I’d remember there was no internet. Bummer!
While there was a definite internet drought, the same can’t be said for rain. It rained most of the time we were there but there were dry spells where the sunshine was really warm. Saturday was the worst day with almost torrential rain the whole day which is very noisy in a caravan and it got very windy at night. We hadn’t made plans that day so it didn’t bother us too much. The new caravan also has heating and double-glazing so it is a lot warmer than the old one. We had the heating on once at the weekend as it was starting to get quite chilly and last night we had to have the fire on the lounge area. I really felt a difference in the air yesterday and being on the coast, it was quite windy most of the time.
The weather didn’t stop us from venturing out though. Since Ayrshire is Burns country, we did the whole Burns experience which was quite interesting. I’m not going into detail here though – you can read it when I launch Caledonia Heritage – soon. On Sunday, we went to the Ayr Flower Show and while it stayed dry, it was very muddy. I’m not really bothered about flower competitions but they had the biggest begonias I’ve ever seen and the colours were so amazing. The crafting stalls were more my cup of tea and some of the hand made stuff was so beautiful it made me feel totally inadequate. I’d love to be so gifted.
Monday, we headed up the coast to a small village called Girvan which was quite quaint, although there wasn’t a lot to do there. For the more adventurous, you can go on a boat trip to the Ailsa Craig which looks like a giant muffin sticking out of the sea. It has seal communities and birds, if that’s your thing.
We headed back down towards Ayr and stopped at a few other caravan parks. Culzean Bay Caravan Park is really small but it has amazing views. You can see Arran across the water and just behind that, the Mull of Kintyre. Yes, that Mull of Kintyre. On a clear day, it is reputed you can see Ireland but I reckon you would need pretty good eyesight for that. Culzean Castle looks amazing on the cliffside and I did take a photo but I think it was too far away and it blends it really well to the surrounding area.
Next, we stopped at Dunure which is a small village with a castle ruin. Dunure Castle is the ancient home of the Kennedys who moved to Culzean Castle and you can see why. You can actually go up into the ruin but you need a really good imagination to envisage how it would have looked way back in the day. It is placed on the cliff, much like Culzean, and it is a bit scary when it is windy.
I have a few photos I’m going to upload to Flickr later.