Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Enchanted Forest

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I visited the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochery. It was around an hour and a half drive from where we live but decided we could take a run through on the Sunday night stocked up with plenty of sugary goodies! I had never heard of the forest before but one look at the website and you'll be sold too.

'With dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score, including a new orchestral piece, explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world'

The forest is tucked away out of sight and the only way you can access the wood is by bus from a local hotel. When you book tickets you select a time slot and buses run every 15 minutes. The night we went every bus was full and even before we arrived there was a post on facebook to say the Enchanted Forest was sold out for the coming week. I was really surprised by this but once we arrived, I understood why.

I've never seen anything like it - The Enchanted Forest is such a simple idea but its so effective. The lighting and music fuse together and work alongside the forest to make a pretty spectacular show. As you follow the trail round the forest you get to experience a series of mini shows which enhance the natural forest and often transform it so that your average tree looks completely different with the help of dramatic sounds and lighting.

The forest is open every year during October with a different theme each time. This year is was 'Elemental' which was all about enjoying the elements - something we often have to do in Scotland! The first of the bigger shows you experience is 'Ice' which I think totally sums up what The Enchanted Forest is about. Amazing light and musical show with the forest as a majestic backdrop. At the end of the day its just water, lights and music but somehow they managed to make it so much more.

The other elements were 'Whispering Mist' and 'Fire' both of which made an impact and helped to highlight the different areas of the forest. The top corner of the forest was quite eery and aptly named 'Shock'  with lots of white flashing lights and owl looking eyes staring back at you. Having said that, it seemed to be enjoyed by people of all ages. It takes about an hour to walk round and you are free to go round again and spot things you missed the first time or simply to pick up a hot chocolate!

Last year the forest attracted over 40,000 visitors and has picked up plenty of awards over the 13 years it's been running. You can sign up to the newsletter here and find out when tickets for next years show go on sale. The forest is well worth a visit and you will definitely be enchanted!


(My camera decided it didn't like the darkness and so all of these photos are taken on my phone. Sorry for the poor quality they don't really do the forest justice!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Back to blogging & turning two

Hello stranger! Long time no speak...

I haven't blogged for quite a few months as I've been so busy with a variety of things including starting a new job. I never fully appreciated the quote 'Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life' until now. Don't get me wrong, there has been plenty of mornings -particularly as we head into the colder weather- that I would rather stay wrapped up in bed than rushing for the train but actually being genuinely interested and excited by my job? That is something I feel very lucky to have. My little blog actually helped me get the job in a round about way and I have recently started thinking about getting back into it...so here I am!

I haven't blogged about my Labrador Max much before but he is such a big part of my life and as he turns two this weekend, I thought I would share some photos of him. Until you have a dog I don't think you can fully appreciate how much work they are but also how rewarding and loving they can be. There has been so many times that I've wanted to pull my hair out at the naughty things he use to do when he was a puppy and even now he still tests my patience! Having said that, every single day he puts a smile on my face or does something that makes me laugh and I genuinely can't imagine my life without him now.

Max has such a strong personality  - he's cheeky, playful, always happy and usually up to no good! I'm also pretty sure he thinks he's a human at times and to be honest, he takes up as much space in my heart as anyone else in our family.

I am aware that I'm verging on 'dog lady' status (!!) so here are the photos. Enjoy & tweet me photos of your four legged friends - I'd love to see!