My Vintage Day – Plockton


Will you join me walking through my vintage day in the Scottish Highland village of Plockton? Take my hand and let the years slip away until you’re that age again where time has no meaning. You might imagine you are back on a childhood holiday, or perhaps on your honeymoon. Holidays give us permission to let go of time and all its inherent pressures, but how wonderful if we could find ways of letting this timelessness seep into our everyday lives.

Lets start the day with a gentle cup of oolong tea in a palm sized cup. Next the dogs are begging to stretch their legs through the field and down towards the sea. The sun fills the air and warms us all the way to our bones, and all around spring has brought the birds to life. The fat wood pigeons play bass, while the twittering tits are on soprano, and the wild geese punctuate erratically with bold honks. Springs insistent melody.

Later we head down along the brae for a seafood lunch, fresh from the waves lapping the shore. Most of the local catch is flown straight to Paris, but we can feast like kings and queens on the freshest langoustines you will ever taste. This is what eating local and seasonal should be.

We can fill the afternoon with a stroll along the village to the shop, stopping to chat along the way. We met this lovely family sitting in the sun feasting on Cadbury’s Cream Eggs, watching the world go by. The perfect Easter treat.

We might want to call home from this old phone box, to let everyone know how glorious the weather has been, or we could send a postcard. On our way back this tiny vintage bird house caught my eye, balanced precariously in the tree. Weathered and worn, but still looking comfortable after all these years.

We follow the blue picket fence, past blossom filled gardens until we are back where we started. Time to rest and enjoy this beautiful space. There is no need to rush, there’s always as much time as we need here, if only we can allow ourselves to let go of the to do list… least for a little while, and live at the pace people used to live.

You can see lots of photo galleries of other peoples days here at the weekly photo challenge – A Day in my Life

Check out some other great photoblogs from this month on Daily Post Phonography Fravorites

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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58 Responses to My Vintage Day – Plockton

  1. Paula says:

    A terrific set of photos, you gave us more than a glimpse into Plockton, you showed us its bright and welcoming spirit ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. P J Robinson says:

    love the phone box shot – great colours

  3. Great photos, Seonaid! The Easter Family is just so cute!

  4. restlessjo says:

    Plockton is one of those famous places I’ve seen the photos of but never visited, and it looks enchanting. Love the crispness of that blue fence. I’m just down the coast a little ways from you, so “hi”!

    • Hi, loved your Gullane walk. It’s such a beautiful beach. Plockton is very pretty and well worth a visit. My Granny used to own the hotel, and lots of artists would come and stay over the summer to paint there

  5. this is pretty much what comes to mind when someone says the words “perfect day”. (well, to be completely honest… not if it’s lou reed singing them. then i just think about trainspotting. ๐Ÿ˜› )

    i especially love the picture of the children…that little girl has the most perfect outfit.

    • Well ‘train spotting’ was of course written and based in Edinburgh. It’s a beautiful song, but the movie is about the less pretty side of Edinburgh life.
      The family on the bench just looked so yummy I had to take their photo and I don’t know if you can see but the little girl is hiding up her chocolate egg very proudly ๐Ÿ˜‰ her mother clearly has great taste in clothes

      • the book was one of my obsessions for a while… i especially adored the fact that it’s written in dialect, and…well, i might have a bit of a thing for anti-heroes. my english teacher at the time was very impressed with me for getting through it. ๐Ÿ˜›

        and she most definitely does! good to see. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This was a lovely vintage walk. You really noticed and relayed everything so perfectly in words and pictures; I feel like I was there. I love your vintage teacups, the vintage birdhouse and phone booth, and that beautiful Easter family!

    I’ve never been to Scotland, but I’ve visited the Lake District in Britain and this took me back to my walks through Cats Bells and the English countryside. Loved it. Congratulations for being featured on the Phoneography Challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you very much. I just noticed the feature, what a lovely surprise ๐Ÿ™‚ I always find a timeless quality when I visit this village. It’s where my mother grew up, so I have many layers of holiday memories which bubble away under the surface when I’m here. It’s also very pretty, which makes it easy to photograph, and that family were a beautiful gift ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Lynne Ayers says:

    What a glorious day – thank you!

  9. Amy says:

    That is a wonderful day, Mackenzie! Enjoyed spending time with ya ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. frizztext says:

    nice vintage phone! and blue bench…

    • There is so much which is vintage in the village that it was hard to pick the photos to use. That phone used to be my lifeline back to friends in Edinburgh in the days before mobile phones ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. To Know Beauty says:

    Oh, what an eye you have, my dear friend. I bow to you. So glad to have you in my life.

  12. colonialist says:

    Oh, we so loved Plockton! Only visited it for one day en route to Skye, but it was super. That strange phenomenon of the warm current gives it such a sub-tropical look!

    • Plockton is a wonderful wee place, for such a tiny village in the middle of nowhere its amazing how many people have visited or heard of it. The Warm Gulf Stream you mention keeps its climate wonderfully warm compared to the surrounding harsh mountain environment …a wonder of nature with all its palm trees ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I love your eclectic mix of photos. They are so happy, enjoyable, and inviting. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks Charlie, that’s exactly the feel I was trying to put together with this collection. Suddenly finding sunshine and colour after endless months of dull grey winter felt like such a release ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. monsterlogic says:

    Love your photography style. What camera do you use?

  15. Too beautiful for words.

  16. Pat says:

    How wonderful – I really enjoyed my day with you. Your photographs are a wonderful sampling that made Plockton come alive for us.

  17. mariayarri says:

    Thanks for this lovely walk ! And your interesting text . You make me curious to visit Scotland. I think you have a lot of history that should interest me … And i love nature, and your is beautiful.. So, i do think that i`m going to visit Scotland ๐Ÿ™‚ // Maria

  18. that pace would be so nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Perfect set of photos – one of the best places in the world – you lucky people. Spring seems to have arrived whereas 300 miles south in Northumberland it is still winter – how odd.

    • I know it’s very strange. Apparently it’s been dry and sunny like this up here for the last 5 or 6 weeks. We left Edinburgh with the snow still falling in flurries from a cold grey sky and as we headed north and west we found a different world. I think Plockton stole the spring all for herself! The flowers and tree buds are all a few weeks further on than back at home….we almost didn’t come because of the weather….so glad we did ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Beautiful pictures! And I love the description of the day..wish I could be there.:-)

    • You can visit in your mind or via my blog anytime you chose, but where ever you are you can relax, let go of the to do list and just let life happen around you for a while ๐Ÿ™‚ like a little magic reset which lets you see the world diffrently

  21. dorysworld says:

    Absolutely beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Noma9 says:

    This is really beautiful. Hands down, your day was better than mine! I am part Scottish and have always wanted to go see the countryside there and with this post I feel like I have. Not only are your images beautiful, but your imagery is beautiful too. This was terrific, thanks for sharing!

    • You’re very welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ if you pop back there will be more photos to come from the Scottish Highlands…..and then it’s back down to Edinburgh. If you ever visit I’m sure you’ll feel right at home, and in the meanwhile feel free to continue peeping in here!

  23. Stephanie says:

    I want to come! Blue fences and flowers and children……what a lovely tour.

  24. Thanks for taking us along for the tour….

  25. What a beautiful, peaceful looking, place. Full of nice color. Thanks, you’ve brightened my day. D

  26. I’d love to start with a nice cup of tea and then follow your example…forgetting about time and just exist. Vivid colours and beautiful landscape in a soothing voice – what more could I ask for? You even sent us a lovvely dog. Mmm

    • Oh if only I could live like this everyday…but even remembering and trying to bring a bit of timeless holiday mode into everyday life helps! This is the village my mother grew up in, and I have visited several times a year, every year since I can remember. It sort of resets me ๐Ÿ™‚

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