Winter walk in the woods

Winter walk in the woods


Seeing as December feels like going away with the speed of breathing, we try to make the most of these last days of 2016 by savouring every minute of our weekends together. We had no plans for this weekend and if I am being honest with you I had no desire to drive somewhere far away or go on a press trip, because sometimes family life is good too!


We woke up after a long sleep, utterly relaxed and rested. This week has been so busy for both Steven and I, so having an uninterrupted sleep and the chance to have a lie in up until 10.00 am felt like a luxury treat. After having a brief chat about our last night’s (weird) dreams, we jumped off bed. Steven prepared Cruz for a wee walk in the garden and I got busy in the kitchen preparing pancakes for breakfast, which went down really well.


The weather forecast for this weekend was rainy, but it didn’t stop us from driving to the countryside and hiking along one of my favourite Scottish locations, the Glen Muick circuit on the Balmoral Estate. It is a 12 km walk and along the circuit you will come across the most stunning scenery – the contrasting lake/mountain/field landscape makes you feel closer to nature than ever! If you are ever visiting Scotland, I cannot suggest this walk enough.


Ten minutes in the walk and the skies opened, generously treating us to a refreshing rain shower that lasted for a good while. Both Steven and I were appropriately dressed for the temperatures in our waxed Barbour jackets which kept the raindrops away and us warm enough to carry on with our walk. Cruz seemed fine too despite being naked, litte cheeky thing!


I am wearing: Maybole beanie-c/o Barbour, cable knit sweater-Zara, jeans-Hollister, Tivoli suede boots-c/o Sorel, Kelsall wax jacket-c/o Barbour

We walked towards the lower part of the circuit and just before we reached the beach the grey sky turned blue and the rain went away. The timing couldn’t be any better! We played with Cruz in the beach and laughed our heart out with his struggle to cross the bridges, poor thing. It was a bit windy, but with a pair of boots lined with fur, and a waxed jacket on top of a cable knit sweater, you can hardly feel a thing! The waters were really calm and being there, in that very moment, it felt like touching the heavens. We felt energized and any tiredness of the week (and the long walk) vanished within seconds.


After teaching Cruz how to cross a bridge without having his paws stuck in the wooden roadway, we reached the Balmoral Estate and made dreams of how it would be living here or in any other house by the lake. Dreams are for free and *sometimes* they come true, right?
We met a few other walkers along the way and then just before the end of the circuit, the sky got the most beautiful purple colour. I tried to capture the magic moment with my camera, but in reality these picture do no justice as it looked a hundrend times better with our eyes. Ravished by the warm colours and the beauty of the nature we drove back home with a wee stop at Ballater for food refuel.
What a lovely day!
Anastasia x

Anastasia is a Greek in Scotland via England! She’s passionate about life in Aberdeen, exploring new places and petting dogs. When not working she runs Natbee’s and enjoys countryside walks with her puppy Cruz.

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  1. February 24, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    I LOVE anything Barbour, the waxed jackets are one of the best purchases me and my sisters did!
    I love how you styled it here.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • Anastasia
      February 24, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      They are fabulous jackets!
      Thanks Fiona, you too!x

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