Back in September, DH and I were off gallivanting again, this time to Scotland for two weeks. We started off by joining our local coach company for a coach holiday based in Fort William. The point of that trip was to ride on The Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, a famously picturesque journey that I had been hoping to travel on for a long time. The trip did not disappoint despite some typically Scottish weather (well, typically western side of UK weather really).
The end of the line at Mallaig did allow for some photography and as ever we were alert for creative potential.
The beautiful Isle of Skye was tantalisingly close but just out of reach for the time being.
The sculpture on the pier was made by Mark Rogers of Airor in Knoydart. (You need to scroll down to read about the sculpture if you follow the link. Information is sparse on the 'net).
On our return from Mallaig we visited the Commando Memorial which proved to be very poignant with its recent Area of Remembrance where people have left tributes to friends and family members affected by and lost to conflict.
This beautiful stained glass door panel is a recent addition to the building which was originally a bank. We received a very warm welcome the minute we walked through the door and were invited to photograph anything we wished.
On the fourth day of the coach tour we said goodbye to everyone and left at Kyle of Lochalsh to continue our holiday. I had the madcap idea of using the coach trip as a way of getting to Scotland without having to make the long drive myself and it turned out to be the ideal thing to do as we picked up our hire car and headed for Skye.
First port of call was the Bed & Breakfast run by Emma and Dave of Heaven's Ocean. You probably knoe Emma better as the author of A Little Bit of Everything blog. I have been following Emma's blog for such a long time and as with so many blogging friends felt as if I already knew her. We arrived as Emma was busy with her exhibition which was happening in the beautiful village of Plockton.
Emma had worked very hard for this exhibition and it was wonderful to see her work close too rather than on a digital screen.
We had fun negotiating the large puddles on the lane to the cottage but they soon dried up as the rain abated.
How would you fancy waking up to this view every day? This was the view from our bedroom and from the breakfast room.
No sooner had we arrived on Skye than the weather fined up. We counted ourselves very lucky.
Emma is now my bestest friend (not that she wasn't before!) and I can't wait to get back to Skye to visit with her again :-) It might take a year or two though, god willing.
This is Emma's very beautiful cat whose name escapes me but who was very affectionate and kept a watchful eye on us at breakfast from her comfy chair. Tam also made us very welcome in his doggy way but I don't seem to have a picture of him. Talking of pictures I need to do some resizing so I'll be back soon with more of our wonderful skye holiday, such a beautiful place.
News Flash!!!! Grantham is finally on the map! The world's longest embroidery is coming to Grantham tomorrow! In fact it's already here. I'm sure I've seen this work in progress at the Sewing For Pleasure show early this year so I am above excited that it will be on show from tomorrow and I will get the chance to add a few stitches (I was too shy to do it at the exhibition). If you live within reach of Grantham come and see it and all the postcards that were made for the Olympics. If they let me take photos I'll share it with you. I've just noticed, I'm going to miss the associated Craft Fayre on 26 October as I will be on a secret mission in Cornwall - and DH isn't coming!
PS I must apologise to everyone who commented on my last post and who I didn't reply to. I do value every comment I receive and normally reply but Yahoo have been messing with their email service and it has got very confusing and frustrating with the comments all arriving in one email which then has to be dissected to enable replies to be sent. I have manged to delete replies instead of sending them. Grrrrr!