Somewhere in Scotland.

Challenge: Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge
Topic: Discovery

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.

Bookshop band world tour 2021
Wigtown book festival

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.

Karen in Wigtown
Book haul

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.

Monreith looking towards our campsite.
Dumfries and Galoway

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.

Karen and Maxwell’s otter
Mysterious Beach Find



  1. Ken! What a coincidence – I was only thinking about you yesterday and wondered if everything was okay with you both because it seemed such a long time since you blogged.

    Anyway, you threw me with this one. The notification alerted me to your pingback to the challenge but I couldn’t find it. Looking further into it I realised you’d actually linked your post to ‘The Bend’ a challenge from July! 😀

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    • Hi Sue, hope you are doing well now.
      How odd – well that is the link rectified, not sure if it will have created the right pingback not but ah well. Serves me right for using the bend post as a template, I changed it twice! but it still defaulted back.

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      • Ah, so that’s what happened. I sat there puzzling on how you’d managed it! 🙂 The link has worked thank you.
        I’m still not fully recovered but far better than I was, thank you for asking. Hope all is okay with you.

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      • Yes thankfully we are ok, I despair at the wastage this situation is causing – mask filters, Lateral flow tests etc. But needs must. Alas even some of my friends that have taken the upmost care fore the last 18 months have ended up with covid 😦 . It was nice to get away for a bit of ‘normality’, slightly scary, but good for the soul, plenty of self testing before and after!
        I was also thinking of you this week, and thought well I need to do a post, and ‘discovery’ was a gift of a title, with thankfully good discoveries.

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      • We must have Sixth sense, Ken!

        Covid – All it takes is one person to pass it on. I never even left the house and still caught it from my son before he showed symptoms. He was mortified that he came here and passed it to me.

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