I today went to the sprawling metropolis that is Thurso It is the northernmost town on the British mainland, at just under 50 miles away it is our closest town! You get used to the distances pretty quickly up here – our nearest roundabout is about 70 miles away and Thurso is home to our nearest traffic lights! Todays trip involved adding some of the newly finished buttons (Spalted Beech on our latest tartan backing) to our retail display in Elizabeth’s fabrics (a great fabric, crafting, sewing knitting etc shop) I also took a couple of our new extra large Driftwood feature buttons. We also needed some new hessian – we have been hunting high and low for a new natural heavy duty backing and hooray to having finally found it! Our trips to towns are few and far between because of our rural location so we have to make the most of every urban adventure – we keep a town ‘to do’ list open so that nothing is forgotten.

Lea and Bruiser caught a lift to the Melness end of the Kyle of Tongue causeway  as a starting point for a walk home. It is one of our favourite places for nature watching. It is here we have seen otters and long tailed ducks to mention just two species and where we regularly see the lapwings at this time of year and the seals bobbing about in the water.

Before leaving I set up the table and sander for Lea and she sanded big feature apple wood, little apple wood and some more big feature pine buttons that we cut last week – they still need more sanding but a start has been made! Photo’s to follow. Weather wise – I had snow, hail, rain, almost sunshine and clouds….lots of clouds, whilst Lea had mainly sunshine, until I got home and brought the cold and cloudy with me! except for one moment when the sun shone on Castle Varich across the water, giving it such clarity and highlighting it’s spring browns it made a striking contrast with Ben Loyal behind still frosted in snow – and all from the comfort of a warm living room! See photo below.

contrasting varich and loyal

contrasting varich and loyal

We will for tomorrow’s blog add an emerging flora update!