And a Happy New Year too!
Portavadie Marina is a fantastic hidden gem nestled on the west coast of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll. Conveniently for us, it is also a very short ferry ride away from Tarbert!
It features a wide range of accommodation: bed and lockers: bunk rooms for cyclists and walkers, lodge rooms (which are like good hotel rooms) , secluded cottage for honeymooners and couples and luxury apartments for friends and families who want a little more space and luxe while away.
The marina has excellent facilities, and there is a top notch restaurant, while the lodge has a more relaxed restaurant and family area. There’s a spa, and a shop which sells everything from milk and newspapers to high end clothing and chandlery supplies.
I love it!
We’ve visited many times, often for lunch and a few drinks; sometimes ourselves, other times with friends and family. We celebrated @TheWelshWookie’s 40th Birthday here, too.
And now we’re back; gatecrashing the honeymoon, and welcoming in the New Year at the Hogmanay Gala Dinner.
Lucky us! 🙂
If you had told me this time last year that I would have run a much as I did in 2013, AND become an amateur running blogger, I would not have believed you. What a difference a year makes, eh?
On 31st December 2012, I set one goal. To run a half marathon in 2013.
How far I have come since then!
I’m sure your blog feed will have been overflowing with the 2013 reviews frm your favourite bloggers. So, let me add mine, though I promise, I’ll keep it short!
Favourite Race of 2013
This is a difficult one, and it changes every five minutes. I’d have to go for the Mull of Kintyre 10K. Not only did I PB, but it was great fun, with fantastic support and a brilliant goodie bag!
Most enjoyable race of 2013
The inaugural TT10K. Not only was it on my doorstep, but it was a great balance of easy running, hills and trail. The organisation for this event was fantastic.
Most fun running trip of 2013
Hands down, this has to be our trip to Dublin for the inaugural RnR Half Marathon. The run was great, and the craic as mighty! Second place was the Color Run UK in London, back in July.
Best Family Event of 2013
That’ll be the Perth Kilt Run back in August, which we ran with Joe, Stacey and RJ. Great Fun!
Favourite non-road running Event of 2013
The inaugural CowalFest 5K in October. As my first proper trail/hill run, it was great. And I placed! 🙂
Now, bring on 2014!
Well, we have had a FAB-U-LOUS weekend at Joe and Stacey’s wedding. The bride was stunning, the groom was dapper; the best man impressed with his organisation and speech, and the bridesmaids were gorgeous.
I didn’t run, but I danced the night away!
Would you like to see a couple of pics?
This morning, @TheWelshWookie and I were up early, and spent a couple of hours in the pool, which was great! 🙂
Next, we’re off to gatecrash the honeymoon at Portavadie this week. We are going for the Hogmanay dinner dance, and for a few days to celebrate the new year: trainers are packed for this trip!
Do you have any Hogmanay and New Year festivities planned?
Have you had a relaxing Boxing Day, or was yours filled with sales shopping?
Mine was lovely and quiet: we went for a lovely walk this morning, and have spent the day pottering and packing for my brother and soon-to-be-sister-in-law’s wedding on Saturday. I can’t wait!
We’ve had another day of eating well: @TheWelshWookie made soup and chilli bread, which was just what we needed after our walk!
Tonight, we may have another lil’ refreshment, maybe these beauties:
Do you have plans today? Anyone having to work tomorrow?
This morning, @TheWelshWookie and I have been for a run around the harbour. Santa brought me a new Ron Hill Vizion top and my brother in law and sister in law gave us new Ron Hill gloves and beanies, so I had lots of new gear to try out!
We had a good run: it was cold, and very quiet. There were hailstones as we walked home, too!
We’re now home, opening presents and feeling very lucky and spoiled while tucking into our scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and champagne.
For dinner, we’re having rib eye and proper chips instead of turkey. Yum!
My plan for the rest of the day is to watch Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and other festive treats, wearing my onesie, my new jammies and my new slippers 🙂
I hope you all have a lovely day planned: was Santa good to you? Did you run today?
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and all through the house…..
…..the excitement is building!
I’ve been munching on sprouts: my fave! 🙂
I wish you all a peaceful, fun and relaxing Christmas: unless you are running, then I wish you good weather and loads of good food!
I hope Santa brings you what you need this year 😀
Happy Monday, everyone!
And Happy Christmas Eve’s Eve!
My new Christmas scarf arrived, just in time for returning to work today:
No running for us tonight: it’s wild out there again! But @TheWelshWookie and I do need to agree the distance we are going to run on Christmas Day.
Any suggestions? Are you planning a run for tomorrow or Wednesday?
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