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Month: April 2015 (Page 2 of 2)

Spring is snoring

After yesterday saying that spring had gone back to bed, albeit with one eye open I can today say that both eyes are now closed and spring is snoring!
The clouds lie low over the land and for the first half of the day it’s been trying to snow – only light flurries, but constant – and the outside temperature is struggling to get over 5C!
Luckily we have no guests tonight as you can’t see the mountains, you can only just see the causeway! This is what spin doctors might call the haunting beauty of ethereal Scotland…
also luckily we have lots of work to be carrying on with indoors – trying to make a hat band for a custom order (have discovered that hessian is not ideal for this so looking at cotton herringbone ribbon), lots of photo’s of new products to take and upload, buttons to wax and stitch and the evil that is paperwork to start. If anyone wants to do this then we will put you up for the week, I hate paperwork!
In the early afternoon the clouds lifted just enough to reveal that all the surrounding hills and mountains and even creeping as low as a few hundred metres above sea level was covered in a dusting of snow – bear in mind this only happened a handful of times over the entire winter gives an idea of how wintry it has again turned!
We went for a couple of walks this afternoon – one by the banks of loch Hope and the other on the old Moine road, the sky remained overcast but the mountains were visible – and incredibly stunning, once again it’s hard not to take 100 pictures (actually took 107!).
This evening brought a snow storm that properly laid….. And so tonight we go to bed with the forecasters giving us temperatures of -6 overnight and snow outside! It is like winter – except true darkness comes after 10pm nowadays!
Well…… We moved here for colder weather….!

spring snowstorm over the Kyle of Tongue

spring snowstorm over the Kyle of Tongue

Sunshine in the snow

Woke up this morning to find Spring had decided to go back to bed, albeit with one eye open! Over Ben Hutig, the Moine and in the back garden it was snowing – and yet over the Kyle the sun was shining and the seals were basking on the sandbanks during the low tide, behind them the peaks of Ben Loyal and Ben Hope were dusted with snow and the morning light was glistening. The clouds were scuttling fast across the Kyle both high and low, one minute the mountain tops would be covered by wispy fingers the next the clouds would lift to reveal blue skies once more and again the light would dance across the countryside, highlighting textures, hues and colours across the landscape.  It was a morning of constant change.

We had a lovely couple staying with us in the guest room for B&B last night who also seemed totally taken by our Highland micro climate. The smell of freshly baked bread made its way through the house and over breakfast they were able to watch the seals and a host of garden birds on the feeders.

We took the dog for a walk in the afternoon around Loch Hakel, at the foot of Ben Loyal, the day was still a constant change with snow and sunlight still the theme, giant snow clouds engulfing the mountains and then as quickly as they came they would be gone and the sun would warm the air again.

A beautiful day of contrasts.

We hope these photos show this a little.

Loch Hakel at the foot of Ben Loyal. Snow cloud just moved over to reveal the sun once again.

Loch Hakel at the foot of Ben Loyal. Snow cloud just moved over to reveal the sun once again.

clouds coming

Clouds coming

blue skies behind

blue skies behind

and clouds going

and clouds going

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