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So its been three years since our original visit to Dumfries and Galloway, we did mean to visit again in 2020, but we all know what happened to those plans don’t we!
So during the ‘First lockdown’ we discovered the music of ‘The Bookshop Band‘ thanks to their Friday night online lockdown shows. They now live in Wigtown, in Dumfries and Galloway, this is Scotland’s national booktown, a bit like Hay-on-Wye, but smaller, and ever so friendly. So the BSB’s Friday shows allowed us to discover new online friends, a real sense of virtual community, from the shared love of music and books, and this has resulted in some additional Facebook friends. Some of you will have seen or remember some of the Playmobil dioramas I have created over the last year as a homage to the Bookshop band shows, but here is the latest, that is a nod to one of the online Bookshop band festival shows, this one featuring Jan from the English bookshops in Sweden.
When we first visited Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway, we had had no idea it existed, but were happy to find books to buy! However due to the BSB shows we discovered that Wigtown held an annual book festival, which for 2020 was online, and so we devoured these online talks with the bookish interest that librarians and bibliophiles muster.
Then the Autumn of 2021 drew closer, and with restrictions easing we wondered, might we go back to Dumfries and Galloway for the 2021 Wigtown book festival, and mustering up courage to venture into the outside world we did!
Well we had such a fun time, and in addition to seeing talks, in person, and online, we did of course buy a large quantity of books. However the best discovery was meeting the Ben and Beth from the Bookshop band in person, and also meeting Joyce and Ian from the Old bank Bookshop.
Here we have a selection of the new books that we will over the course of the next year be able to discover thanks to the bookshops of Wigtown.
And of course will will be going back next year for a return visit to the festival, though we will probably visit the area again before that.
Due to the Pandemic the festival was a lower key affair than it usually would be, but this suited a first ‘post lockdown’ venture into the outside world for us, and we felt very safe at all times due to the fantastic work of the festival organizers and local shop owners.
And so onto another discovery, the last time we visited D&G we stayed near to Dumfries, in Glencaple, there are a lot of lovely photos I took of this trip in previous blog posts. However this time we decided we would stay further west given we were attending the festival. And so we discovered the coastline near Monreith.
So we immediately fell in love with being able to stroll down to the beach for a walk, and although we get to walk up our back lane into the countryside on any given day, which is a blessing, nothing beats being able to get down to the sea.
I will leave you with two last discoveries for this blog post, the first, Gavin Maxwells otter that looks out over the bay at Monreith, and the second, well I will leave you to find out what it is if you don’t know, a voyage of discovery for you, found on Monreith beach.