Life at the end of the road

May 30, 2012

Not a single bite :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:01 pm

Tuesday already, one week of the ‘jollies’ away and I’m as high as a kite 🙂 The usual mad rush before a return to work being absent has left me in a particularly good mood, especially as the forecast is for more of the same 🙂

And that’s as far as I got last night before falling asleep on the keyboard, OK not actually asleep but ordered to my bed by wifey.

It had not been a particularly long or arduous day but I’d stayed up late on Monday night and only ended up with five hours sleep before getting up. Not through choice I might add but through the two ‘wee darlings’ that we have staying with us at the moment bouncing off the walls at just after 6:00am 😦

Anyway, darling wife would have to deal with our charges today for I was off to the mainland to visit my parents, cut some grass and go for a march with my dad 🙂 Although it wasn’t the blazing sunshine of late it was still warm and dry but I didn’t even make it as far as Dornie before having to stop for a ‘wee sleep’ 🙂

 

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After forty minutes or so we set off (‘we’ being Molly and I) taking the old road over ‘Carr Brae’ for a change. This steep pass between Dornie and Inverinate was once the main road and a challenge for many an old bus or truck I’m sure.

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Only adding a few minutes onto anyone’s journey it’s well worth the slight detour to check out the spectacular views up Loch Alsh and Loch Duich.

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Midge hell

Eventually I did arrive at my parents, and after another wee rest did a few jobs about the place before going for a walk with my 83 year old father. I say walk but it’s more of a march for he’s as ‘fit as a butchers dog’ and I struggle to keep up with him.

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Out on our hike we came across this holy and hawthorn tree that had been gripped in an embrace for decades with no detriment to either 🙂

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Walking through the forest above Ratagan we took a short cut through the ‘Fireater’s’ riding stables above Loch Duich.

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An ex fisherman, Dave now runs a successful riding school, pony trekking and carriage hire business  http://www.highlandcarriage.co.uk/ from near his home in this spectacular bit of Scotland.

 

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Not far from the stables the rustic smell of horse was replaced by an assault of vanilla from these tremendous gorse and broom bushes a little further down the lane.

After our little perambulation through the woods I set about repairing my mums washing line under the trees.

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A task that would have been impossible were it not for the Smidge http://2010.midgeforecast.co.uk/index.php/shop 

Whilst the ‘wee devils’ were annoying and getting stuck up my nostrils as clouds of them hovered around me, I suffered not one single bite. My mum and dad had both been driven inside by the blighters but I was just fine :-) 

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The stuck Land Rover will have to wait until tomorrow cos it’s 23:00 and I need my bed 🙂

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