Sunday Best

Technically a bit of a belated Sunday Best - but still pictures of what I did with my last sunday off before I started my new contract at the bbc. These pictures look pretty dull, but I still think there's still something kinda cool/dark/eerie about them! Me and my boyfriend took a drive up north for the day, the weather was a bit 'dreich' as we say in Scotland, but that was even more of an excuse to get cosy and have a nice lunch somewhere :)


The most AMAZING teapots at The Coach House Coffee Shop in Luss. They had so many, including a crazy one which was a whole bath set up (rubber duckies and everything, it didn't even look like a teapot)


A wee pit-stop at Luss was for tea and cake, then we drove further onto Ardlui.


View from the car park. Again, I know this would look so much better on a sunny day but there was something appealingly spooky watching the mist and low clouds drift over the hills.


Lunch by a roaring fire at the Drovers Inn ♥ Just perfect for a sunday afternoon.


Established in 1705, the Drovers has some pretty awesome decor and a whole faded grandeur feel to it. Certainly along the lines of the Leaky Cauldren or someplace similar, with taxidermy on the walls, old paintings, and log fires on the go. A friend of mines once stayed in one of the rooms there and said it was beautiful. But there's too many ghost stories surrounding the building that would honestly make me too scared to spend the night there!

I've had some good time off over christmas and new year, but now I'm back at work on a kids show for cbbc. It's been brilliant so far, and everyone is really lovely, I just know I'm not going to want to leave by the end. I was out prop buying yesterday when I decided to pop into Pets at Home to buy a few pieces for Oscar and Alfie... only to fall in love with a guinea pig up for adoption in there :( After about half an hour talking to the staff, I took the piggie out for a cuddle and that was me! I am now the proud owner to another lovely little guinea pig called Dougal :)


(Crappy phone pictures at the moment until I get a chance of some proper wee photos with him - I think his hair makes him look like a rabbit!)

His previous owners had to give him up due to work commitments and the children not being able to keep his unruly hair under control (I really do think he resembles Dougal from The Magic Roundabout) and when he came into pets at home his fur was all matted. But a trip to the groomers and a check at the vets and he's ready to start his new life with me, Oscar and Alfie. Keeping him in a separate cage at the moment, and going to introduce him to the boys gradually. Anyone had any experience of this before?


Kisses through the cage. I hope this means 'Hello! Be my friend?'

Ayden x

32 comments:

  1. Dougal may actually be the cutest guinea pig i've ever seen! I want guinea pigs so badly but I'm never in one place longer than a year due to student life so I need to wait. I love your massive home-made cage for yours, I'd love to hear about how you made it!

    Steph xx

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  2. Ahhh Dougal is so cute!! It looks absolutely beautiful 'up north'! I'd love to visit Scotland one day. Your lunch by an open fire looks perfect.
    Erm....your new job sounds amazing!
    x

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  3. Dougal is gorgeous! Love the grey photos too... I think growing up here means you really appreciate a beautiful misty day. xx

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  4. So adorable! That's awesome that you were able to take him in!

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  5. *squeal* Dougal is so cute!! I'm sure they will all get along fine. I had a guinea pig and a rabbit and then introduced 2 new guinea pigs and there was never any probs with the pigs - just the horny rabbit!!

    Hope you're enjoying your CBBC job xx

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  6. Lovely photos, I really miss Scotland :(
    Dougal is so CUTE <3

    xo

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  7. Dougal is amazing, and yes looks exactly like the dog from The Magic Roundabout!!

    Looks like you had a great weekend, those teapots are amazing!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  8. oh looks like you had a lovely time. I do enjoy a good old sunday lunch. I feel I live on cake and tea these days. Also...your guinea pig is the sweetest guy in the world.
    Congrats on the cbbc gig lady xx

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  9. It looks like a perfect Sunday :) Hope your new job is going well! x

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  10. Dougal is the sweetest! I am desperately trying to persaude Rob let me get another pet. I so want to come visit Scotland for the beautiful scenery (and of course the wonderful Ayden!). We looked at coming up in Feb but the trains are craaaaaazy expensive. It will happen one daaaay xx
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

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  11. Aww Dougal is a proper cutie! We just got a new guinea pig yesterday to introduce to our current one, and I used some of the advice on this website http://jackiesguineapiggies.com/Companionship.html
    The guy at Pets at Home told us to introduce them on neutral territory (so they can't get too territorial) then when we went to put them in the cage, to let the new guinea pig go in for a while first. They seem to be getting along well!
    And you should definitely do a post about how you made your cage, it looks so amazing for the little fellas xx

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  12. Awww he is so cute! You did the right thing, I wouldn't have been able to leave him behind. I'm sure you will give him the best home xxx

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  13. Dougal is quite possibly the cutest and ugliest thing I have seen hahahaha. Your trip is making me miss Scotland, so glad you are happy. Nick me a teapot next time...I collect them xxx

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  14. I love the tartan teapot and cups on the table and that roaring fire looks mesmerising!

    Awww! Dougal does indeed look like "Dougal" off the Magic Roundabout! I once had a very similar hairstyle myself ;D xx

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  15. Aww the cutest guinea pig ever. I was in pets at home the other day and I saw a rabbit that look exactly like gandalf (he had a beard, so not exactly but the general idea) was so tempted to take him home! I hope he settles in well.
    Those cakes and tea look immense! Glad your bbc thing is going well, I'm super jealous.
    Loving the blog!

    franky @ snippets-scribbles.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  16. Dougal is SO cute! I love his long hair! Love your photos. x

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  17. What a great name for a guinea pig, although I may be a teeny bit biased! xx

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  18. such a cute guinea pig! he's such a hairy little thing, its adorable :)

    x
    www.littlestagg.blogspot.com

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  19. Loving the pictures from the weekend, your trip out looks awesome- that caramel short bread..... GIMME! Teapots sound epic also.

    Congratulations on the new arrivals, can't believe how much he completely IS Dougal from the Magic Roundabout.... AWESOMENESS!

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  20. Awww, Dougal looks gorgeous! Me and my mum ended up adopting another two after the first three, couldn't resist! However we now have two boys and three girls, so keeping them separate is permanent (even seeing them the poor boys get all worked up!). I think just putting them in a larger space for small amounts of time together, sometimes they squabble a little bit establishing pecking order and things, but they'll sort it out. Obviously if they look like they'll kill each other then take him out, but usually they just like having friends to play with. Kisses look like a sure sign they're going to be best of friends! xxx

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  21. awww Dougal is so cute! My Guinea Pig is long haired but she doesn't mind a little brush and a trim every now and again :)
    I've only had experience of introducing girls so i'm not sure if it would be the same with boys. I think you just have to do it gradually and maybe let them get used to one another's scents first :)
    xxx

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  22. Wow. I saw this blog and saw the name and banner at the top and was like 'LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!!!!'. Sorry, thought I'd just say that...

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  23. I always read but rarely comment as I know the anonymous thing creeps you out lol & im not a blogger but just had to comment. I live this entry and your new boyfriend is absolutely gorgeous he has such a kind face! My family are Scottish and this just makes me yearn to go up a.s.a.p x

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  24. awww ayden! they are so cute :D

    ps lovely, i recently tagged you for the cute blog award here: http://belges.blogspot.com/2012/01/cute-blog-award.html hope you check it out xx

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  25. Those photos are lovely, there definitely is something eerie about all that low cloud and the mist rising over the hills, definitely a perfect day for a big lunch by candlelight next to a roaring fire! I adore Dougal, he is like 9 parts hair and 1 part guinea pig! That photo of him touching noses with Oscar (or is it Alfie?) through the cage is too cute! Lots of love xxxx

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  26. Ahh I'm so jealous :) I love Luss. We stop there every year on our way up to the islands on holiday. Such a tranquil spot :) xx

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