Sunday, July 12, 2009

Home again, home again . . .

I really didn't want to leave. If I hadn't been preaching yesterday, I'd have tried to negotiate another few days at Clashview. There's lovely caravan in the grounds that I wouldn't have minded moving into. As it was though, we had a good journey home at a stately pace as befits people travelling in a monster Mercedes that can actually do 0-60mph in 7.5 secs. Thanks, dear Bill, for lending it to us!

Looking back on the holiday, and how stressed Rob and I were when we arrived, it was just what we needed. It was fun to have the family for a few days and let them cook for us and keep us entertained, but when they departed and peace and quiet reigned, it was therapeutic to have no responsibilities. Hooray for holidays!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Next Stop Canada

A visit to Cape Wrath is all a bit of an adventure. The bus-ride in the ricketiest bus imaginable along a tiny, narrow road with grass growing up the middle is definitely not for the faint-hearted! You really feel as if you're at the ends of the earth. Cape Wrath is the most north-westerly point on Scotland and the next land-mass to the west is Canada. Standing by the huge red fog-horn and looking down at the waves crashing onto the rocks and sea-birds whirling and screeching below was something I'll never forget. Wow! Jess enjoyed herself too and hopped on and off the boat like a real sea-dog.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Yet another picture of my departing backside! This time on the beautiful beach near Durness. It's just one of several wonderful beaches in the area. with stunning white sand and blue water. I had a paddle but there were people swimming and it was quite warm. I wish I'd had my cozzie! Afterwards we visited Cocoa Mountain and Smoo Cave. A great day.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

On holiday

After the excitement of yesterday, we set off early to make the long journey to Kinlochbervie in time for dinner. Got the 10.00am ferry and arrived here at 7.40pm with only two short breaks. The last fifty miles were amazing - fabulous scenery on a single-track, uppy-downy, twisty-turny road which should not be attempted by those prone to car-sickness! Anyway, here we are and it's sheer heaven. The picture shows Jess and me exploring the hillside above the house. Ah bliss!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Civil Partnership

Well, my boys are hitched and it went pretty much without a hitch, save for the deluge of rain that ensured we all arrived soaking wet! The ceremony was lovely and the words well-chosen. It was just their best friends and immediate family who attended but we made a good crowd in the small marriage suite. Afterwards there was a party at The Pier where the grooms were only slightly upstaged by baby Dylan who'll make a fine spin bowler when he's older.

Thank you to everyone who sent good wishes and prayers for today. I couldn't have been prouder *huge silly grin*