Wren’s Nest

View from Wren’s Nest

The Easter weekend coincided with John’s birthday this year, so as a gift I booked a short break in Dumfries and Galloway. Our accommodation, Wren’s Nest, was bijou (read tiny), a former farm building converted into a one-room cottage, but it was perfect for our needs. (There’s also a larger cottage, sleeping four, on site.) The owner, Janet, lived next door in the farmhouse and was an absolutely lovely person, so helpful. Not only that, she provided champagne for our first night! Apparently, we were the first people ever to stay in Wren’s Nest so this was a lovely way of marking that. (Both cottages can be booked via holidaycottages.co.uk).

The nearest town of any size was Newton Stewart and we stopped here for a look around on our way down to the cottage. Despite the dreich* weather we took a circular walk between two bridges over the River Cree.

Fortunately, the next day dawned brighter and we set off to celebrate John’s birthday on the Isle of Whithorn.

* Dreich (Urban Dictionary definition) – A combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather. At least 4 of the above adjectives must apply before the weather is truly dreich.

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63 thoughts on “Wren’s Nest

  1. jazzfeathers July 13, 2017 / 08:18

    LOL! Maybe I’m funny, but I kind of like dreich weather 🙂
    The place looks lovely.

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    • Anabel Marsh July 13, 2017 / 14:20

      I appreciate it more when I return home after being somewhere sunny!

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  2. Marcia Strykowski July 2, 2017 / 14:18

    Looks like an interesting place to visit. I love the way the flowering bush and your jacket pop with color in the midst!

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    • Anabel Marsh July 2, 2017 / 15:04

      Yes, I liked that! Everything was a bit grey otherwise.

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  3. Su Leslie June 30, 2017 / 07:40

    What a gorgeous wee cottage. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay, despite the weather.

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    • Anabel Marsh June 30, 2017 / 08:56

      We did enjoy it: we just have to be accepting of the weather and get on with it as I’m sure you’ve experienced!

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      • Su Leslie July 1, 2017 / 02:17

        Absolutely. NZ is pretty much a warmer version of Scotland in that respect. As our (albeit weird) weatherman said on TV last night “by the end of the week you’ll all be on first name terms with your raincoat.” Go figure!

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  4. Candia June 29, 2017 / 22:17

    I always like the intensifier ‘gey’ as in ‘gey dreich!’

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  5. BeckyB June 28, 2017 / 07:17

    The Scots have proper rain and proper words for rain unlike us soft southerners!!

    Not been to Dumfries & Galloway since my teens….such happy memories as it is where I saw my first wild otter 😀

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      • BeckyB June 28, 2017 / 07:36

        I’ve been very fortunate on country walks….but to see one once is special so enjoy that memory 😊

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    • Anabel Marsh June 27, 2017 / 16:12

      It was – though glad we didn’t get too wet as drying soaking wet clothes would have been tricky.

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  6. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor June 27, 2017 / 13:21

    I’ve always loved that word “dreich.” Unfortunately, you can generally find at least four of those adjectives that apply to the weather in Scotland 🙂

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