Beautiful gardens all around the Dumfries and Galloway area are opening through the next couple of months under the Scotland’s Gardens scheme http://www.scotlandsgardens.org/. We had some very happy ladies staying at McMurdoston who visited Portrack, one of whom was delighted that the staff there helped her find a lift back to Edinburgh and gave her a cup of tea while she waited. I cycled to Drumpark last Friday, which has some of the most spectacular trees I’ve ever seen and which is also open for the next two Fridays in May, so you haven’t missed your chance.
The Spring Fling http://www.spring-fling.co.uk/ will be under way the weekend after next, from May 24th – 26th and is set to be the most ambitious yet. It’s a chance to pop into the studios of artists of all different kinds, from calligraphers to ceramicists and from sculptors to shoe-makers. You’ll be able to talk to the artists about their work, buy some spectacular mementos or perhaps even commission something incredible. Bus tours are available round the five different routes and there are even organised bike tours if you have the energy and want to see more of the varied and enticing countryside.
We’ve seen the odd swift in the area and are full of anticipation for the moment ours come screaming back into the yard. I’ll keep you informed…