Would you buy Milkbank house?
We love to walk and over the past few months as we`ve been in Lockdown, the only way to keep sane is to go out and about walking, after hundreds of miles you can pretty much say we have covered quite a lot of Moffat and the surrounding areas.
But the best part about exploring our wonderful countryside is stumbling across old dilapidated houses, derelict, unloved and left to Mother Nature to nurture them to the way she wants too.
It`s Christmas and it`s all about the things you love and do during this festive time, even though it`s been a very tough year there will be things we do and love over the holiday period. Here are a few of my thoughts all around Christmas time, what are yours?
Grey Mare`s Tail Nature Reserve
From Moffat town take the A708 towards Selkirk, this road is full of twist and turns with spectacular views of the countryside. Passing the remarkable Craigieburn Gardens which in it`s self is worth a visit and Carrifran Wildwood, another great place to stop off, with native trees of Scotland, a beautiful place to explore, it takes about 20 minutes to arrive at the unbelievable Grey Mare`s Tail.
Come and discover the Dark Side of Moffat this Winter,
Moffat takes the title as the first town in Europe to be awarded as a "Dark Sky" town, having adopted special street lighting to keep light pollution to a minimum in order to preserve the wondrous starry, starry skies.
Here in Dell-Mar our Chapel Hill room and Coats Hill room have the most amazing views of the starry, starry sky.
The South West of Scotland offers some of the most amazing and spectacular views Scotland has to offer. With Moffat lying in the centre, it`s a great place to make your hub.
I`ve recently purchased John Fergusson`s book "The Motorcyclist`s Guide to Scotland" a fascinating read with great routes from the North, South, East and West, We had guests staying here with us from Belgium, Dirk and Els, who brought a copy of John`s book with them. Dirk had carefully mapped out their routes for a 3 week stay in Scotland, starting here in Moffat for 5 nights, deciding to stay here at Dell-Mar, a biker friendly guesthouse with secure parking for motorcycles and comfortable bedrooms.
Let the Juices flow from Lemons into scrumptious Lemon Drizzle Cake, when you arrive here at Dell-Mar we always offer guests a cuppa, or coffee if you prefer, with a piece of Lemon Drizzle Cake.
After 13 years in retail and over 25 years as a hairdresser I decided that the everyday run of the mill was enough, David had worked for the local council for over 33 years and hated it, so we decided to sell up, pack up and move on.
Here in the Spa Town of Moffat you`ll find an abundance of hidden gems, visitors from around the globe are attracted to our wonderful town, whether it`s just a stop off over night after a long weary drive, or to stay awhile looking for the hidden gems to be hunted and explored with eager enthusiasm.
OMG how can one get so ecstatic in Moffat, well I can,
The annual Moffat Show gets underway on the last Saturday in August, It`s a yearly highlight for all agricultural farmers, with displays from cattle, sheep, poultry and even horses, there`s even a display of chainsaw carvings, but there is always something to grab your attention.
My favourite of course is the Home Industries section, here you`ll find all the homemade cakes, biscuits, jams and marmalade, but there are other exhibits that include, flowers, fruit and vegetables,
Yes it`s me Sue Barker well by marriage anyway, it`s been a delight to follow the current event this week at Moffats very own Tennis Club.
Moffat has hosted the The South of Scotland Tennis Championships here on their newly refurbished courts, and with the help of Colin Hanbidge as one of the referees, a well known coach and player on the tennis scene, its been a very successful week.
Susan, 50, Love discovering new and exciting adventures in Moffat.