Ha - you didn't even know we had gone! FL and I have just spent a week in Mellon Charles, on the West Coast.
- Eggs from the hens outside the window
Lots of coffee and a fair few helpings of cake
- Golf for FL
I was promised chocolate at the top and was handed the small half of a Double Decker bar... he had eaten the second bar at golf the day before.
There were mutinous thoughts all the way down that mountain, but I got over my disgruntlement at Maggie's Tearoom over tea and a slice of chocolate fudge cake.
We also visited the obligatory Inverewe Gardens, but I much preferred the open day at the House of Gruinard gardens, where I got lots of inspiration for my sad neglected herb patch.
I bought one of these plants the next day at the Garden Cottage Nursery. Lovely, isn't it? It is Spanish. Um... it's a kind of sea holly. Sorry I can't remember the name.
They also have a second-hand bookshop in their garden shed, so FL was happy to browse while I idled with indecision in the rain.
Yes, there was a lot of rain.
We ended our week with a meal out at the Melvaig Inn. A wonderful place! A real food oasis in an area where the hotels smell overwhemingly of furniture polish and "air freshener".
The Aroma Cafe at the Perfume Studio in Mellon Charles. Proper coffee in the Highlands!
Mellon Udrigle beach
The knitting and the reading - but they deserve a post of their own later in the week!
A walk over the hills to Slaggan from Mellon Charles. We had to follow a line of cairns to get there. Definitely an adventure!
I only today found out we could have gone by road if we had started from the other side of the peninsula. Ah well.
As you can see, FL was in his element.
Taking me to see An'Teallach was top of his list of "Things to do before I die". I am sorry if I was not as appreciative as he expected! The final affrontery was finding a fat tick with its jaws firmly clamped to my forearm that night... eeergh!
I won't recommend the cottage we stayed in. It was sorely in need of refurbishment. But if your budget is up to it and I have tempted you to explore the area, here is a wonderful alternative!
Today we are back to "al claes an' parritch" as my granny would say.* But that's OK too.
*Old clothes and porridge, everyday life.