Our guests awoke to low tide and seals on the sand-banks and after enjoying their breakfast they departed for a leisurely drive to their next stop at Ullapool, having first bought some beautiful driftwood buttons – hooray!
Around noon our post lady brought round a cushion she had finished using her family tartan – A lovely cushion indeed.
which is nicely finished off with some of our spalted beech buttons.
Very excitingly we discovered that the 50 year old ‘Tongue post office apple tree’ that we re-planted in our garden after it had become a wind blown casualty in the January storm has started sprouting tiny new buds all over. Great news as there had been little hope for it’s survival.
We decided we would get some more of the prunings from the borrow pit and from there we went for a walk, we followed the river up through the woodland at the end of the Kyle.
We came across what we can only guess might have been the remains of an old mill/water wheel.
Another new route for us with a great view of Ben Loyal from a different angle, it really highlighted the sharpness of some of the summits.
it also gave us a good view of Meallan Liath (the grey hill) which sits near the foot of Ben Hope.
This evening a sudden storm brought the most amazing rainbow down into the middle of the Kyle – we are fortunate that this land we live in really is the land of the rainbow!
Shortly after our friend brought round Tess, a black Labrador – a friend for Bruiser to play with for a fortnight! We are looking forward to some nice long walks and maybe discovering some new places.
Yesterday morning I had awoken to the sight of 4 Red Deer walking past out the back, this was the first time I had seen them on this part of the Moine, and without even leaving my bed. I was very excited which I shared with Steve, I could feel he was just as excited as he managed to open one eye to see and quickly imprint the sight to memory as he wanted to get at least another hour of sleep in before getting up at 6am!
Our dog walking now includes a new spot which is opposite loch Hakel, we went up to a high point and had the most fantastic view of Hakel’s sister loch –Lochan na Cuilce – Stretching across toward Hakel in the sun and Loyal towering majestically above. Another good walking route found.
Another bonus of the day was that the little borrow pit where we had parked was being used as a tree pruning collection area, Some Oak prunings had been stacked there along with Birch which has replenished our dwindling supply of Oak, this is quite hard to come by up here. We then visited our friends who have the most amazing garden along with the best home-baked shortbread, freshly brewed coffee and a good ole chinwag the day couldn’t have been much improved. Although the sunset was pretty spectacular too! Turning the mountains and the water a red we hadn’t seen before – We tried to capture it.
We had a late one with our b&b guests from America. Steve even shared and finished his bottle of Benromach 10 yr old single malt, which he has admirably stretched to lasting 18 months. Our guests had a taste for the finer Whisky’s and were including a bit of Distillery touring in their trip of The Highlands. They were suitably impressed and found it very smooth.
The late night was followed by an early morning as our American guests wanted an early start – as they left the weather became inclement (Steve’s word of the day!).
We have our last b&b guests for a couple of weeks, They are a lovely couple from Hong Kong. We enjoyed learning about life in Hong Kong this evening, very enlightening. Holidays from work are few and far between for them and to be cherished. We feel privileged to have been part of their trip and hopefully we have helped in some small way to make it one of the best parts.
Their comments so far are that it is of the most beautiful sights they have come across on their adventure to the UK, so if we can top that off with the most comfortable bed and best breakfast then we will be chuffed.
We started a new custom button order for a lady in New Zealand, which will have to be completed tomorrow, as the light was not good enough to finish the photos.
This evening the Deer were out the back again which bruiser was very excited about as he could stand on his stone viewing platform and watch them graze.