I’m glad to be able to report that after a very pleasant stay with DD, we arrived safely on Sunday evening at the end of a breathtaking journey up through the sun-drenched Highlands. Sadly, with so many miles to do and so much furniture to move before we could get to bed (remember the redecoration?) there wasn't time for the photo stops I would have liked, except for one of our favourite viewpoints over the Dornoch Firth.
Since then we've been sorting out the furniture, admiring the newly-painted rooms and tackling the garden, all of it without rain and, thanks to the very cold spring, without midges! Since we arrived it has been warm (out of the northerly wind) and quite sunny and there is even better weather forecast for the weekend. I've been to Knit and Natter, where I caught up with all the local news, and tomorrow I'll attend the local monthly Eucharist service, taken by a priest who has a 120 mile round trip to do so. Episcopalians are thin on the ground in the North-West Highlands.
|A walk by a Yorkshire river|
Last but not least, DH and I are sharing a computer for this visit, as there was only room in the car for my laptop. I think you’d have to know us in person to realise just how momentous an announcement this is. J DH is busy developing a database for a local community transport group, so my blog-reading and other online things are having to be fitted around this project. Hence, while he tears his hair when things don’t go right, I've been busy pruning the buddleia and the roses (not the right time of year, but needs must) and trying to rediscover the rockery.
|The very small car overshadowed by Varich Castle|
|The Kyle of Tongue and another of 'my' trees - our silver birch|
All very domestic, I know, but as I've tried to explain before, we don’t think of our visits to Scotland and France as holidays, but as picking up our life and temporarily putting it down again in a different place. It works for us and we love every minute.
|The always breathtaking Ben Loyal|
|Apple blossom in June! It's been a very cold spring.|