The day dawned bright and clear…. And cold! The snow was still on the ground around the house and covering the mountains – a good morning for new website photos! So we dug our winter clothes back out and took a stroll to the cairn that’s half a mile behind the house and which affords the most incredible 360degree panorama – from the Watchhill past Ben Loyal, the Kyle of Tongue, Ben Hope and across the Moine, taking in Ben Hutig and around to Talmine and it’s harbour, over the Atlantic and the Small group of islands in the mouth of the Kyle – truly stunning stuff and probably my favourite view point in the world! Glad it’s only a short stroll away!

Those Photo’s taken we jumped in the car and headed to loch Loyal (the deepest local inland loch at 200ft) for some more photo’s – really beautiful walk along the beach next to Ben Stumanadh and a recent muir burn with blackened heather stalks contrasting with the snow. We were still dressed in winter gear when halfway into our walk the wind dropped and the sun beat down – not really hot, but when you’re wearing lots of clothes it felt a bit like an oven! By the time we got home all the low lying snow had already melted away.
The sun however, soon went too, to be replaced by more grey skies and cold winds – strange old days!
We hid inside and buttoned away (making new strips of buttons, waxing, computering and trying to get the backing right for the big feature buttons) until the evening walk – and another change – large white clouds mixed with blue skies with orange and purple hues…. an incredible ‘sunset’ to round off the day.

We woke up to these scenes this morning

We woke up to these scenes this morning

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 on our walk this afternoon

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 after the muir burn

where loch Craggie and Loch Loyal meet

where loch Craggie and Loch Loyal meet