Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Heading Back Home


Today we say goodbye to Scotland and wend our way home.

It has been a fantastic week full of good food, walks, views, sea and beaches...... we feel rejuvenated and ready for anything

             ....... however, this is before we drive all the way back to Cornwall - in one journey - with no breaks (apparently) - well, except for breakfast.......and probably lunch ......... and most definitely dinner!!

There's no room in the car for souvenirs so I'm bringing home with me ......

Loads of this .....


Views that go on and on and up and up........

Memories of meals I didn't have to cook....... Thank you Andrew....... the best breakfast ever!!!


French toasted brioche served with bacon and maple syrup........



And seafood pasta........


The wild life ....... my photo's are not so great ....... these are my best shots!! Hmmmmm


This deer was in the wild (honest!)  just behind a fence on the side of the road .......


And this masterpiece was of a couple of otters we watched for ages at the edge of a loch ....

But most of all I will remember being like this practically the whole time we've been here ..........


It's amazing I saw anything through all that ....... I obviously haven't heard of a hair band!

and also drinking a fare bit of this .........


So now we are all packed up and on the ferry back to the mainland and eventually home......


Hope you have enjoyed my picture and stories of Scotland......

Normal service of recipes and stuff will resume in the next few days.....so have a great day today

Love Lizx





Monday, 27 July 2015

A Quick Trip to Iona


Lying off the Western tip of Mull and just across from our campsite is the little island of Iona.

Having gazed at it for the last few days we decided to hop on the ferry and take a quick trip.

We've seen loads of people heading there whilst we've been staying on Mull - Coach loads of American and Japanese tourists, a very loud but amicable gathering of bikers and a very jolly group of Nuns

              - is there a collective word for a group of nuns? a chattering - hmmm unless it's a silent order! - how about a giggle - as in this case, but that would be more appropriate for a group of school girls! -  maybe a troop, or a posse! although a choir or a convert would be more appropriate, anyway whatever the collective noun is, this group was very happy and obviously enjoying their day out.

On the day we decided to go no so many people were around and we shared the ferry with a few families from Sweden and a couple of tonnes of gravel.........destination unknown..... the gravel not the Swedes, although come to think of it I'm not sure where they were heading either ........ anyway I digress....

Before we embarked for our trip we stopped of at The Creel, a little wooden shack at the end of the harbour in Fionnphort.


Here they sell the best smoked salmon sandwiches I have ever eaten and I really do mean ever! Serve on malted brown bread with a little bit of cream cheese they were fantastic and each sandwich had loads of smoked salmon.

We visited here every morning to get our lunch before heading off around Mull and every morning I read the menus and still ordered the smoked salmon sandwich! Andrew's more adventurous and tries a variety of filings - all just as good apparently!

So just before we jumped on the ferry we stopped an bought our lunch and - you guessed it, I bought the smoked salmon sandwich - I was not disappointed.

So Iona was perfect - quiet, white sandy beaches, hills covered in wild orchids, loads of birds and wild life - and small enough for us to wander all over the island, taking our time before the trip back.

Here are a few pictures from our day.......


Our ferry over - with it's lorry load of gravel.....


Arriving on beautiful Iona.......


View across to Mull - our tent is just over there some where.......


Some of the flowers around the island - the orchids were everywhere......





Have a lovely day - we will be heading home soon.......
Liz x


Oh, and by the way. I looked it up - a collective on nuns is called a superfluity - no I have never ever had need to use that word before either..........

Friday, 24 July 2015

Ferry Trips, Photo Clips and Sweet Potato Chips


We've arrived on the Isle of Mull!

After lunch we left Ardnamurchan, drove aboard the ferry and took a 30 minute trip across the sea to Tobermory, the main town on Mull.


The sun came out and we spent a good hour looking around Tobermory, did a bit of shopping - mainly food and wine! - and then headed off across the island to the furthest western point looking for our campsite.


The views across Mull are stunning.....


And the views at our campsite and from our tent are even better! It's going to be very difficult to leave this spot all week when it's so beautiful and peaceful......


And after he finished doing this .......


Andrew set about making our evening meal......


Sweet potato chips - fried in olive oil with loads of sea salt and black pepper ..... yummy!!


 and two enormous local highland beef steaks.........


and whilst Andrew was doing that I wandered around taking pictures and making helpful, constructive, valuable, pointless comments!

See .......


I love this - don't my legs look long and shapely here!

Hope you all have a great day today

Love Lizx