Decided on a trip to Inverness today as it fitted in with picking up the clutch on the way back home. Lovely quiet morning looking across to the south as I’m taking Dougal and Co out for their morning constitutional. Over the last three weeks I have never seen so many ticks on a dog. He has got a nickname tickbag now. Some mornings he has between 6 to 10 ticks. Don’t use Spot On so maybe should expect this.
After a water stop on the Hill
made it through in reasonable time and heard the Kessock Bridge traffic was ok. So tackled the day from HIS and Highland Wholefoods end of town and worked through that way. Went like clockwork and was heading home just after eleven, aiming for the post at two in Kishorn. Glad I was not heading south as the queueing was back to a mile short of the Tore roundabout.
Had an hour to spare so, after nipping into Dingwall for some more seeds stopped off in Strathpeffer for a cup of tea and a catchup. Always good to hear about how other social enterprises are getting on and how they deal with their problems, really interesting hour. At the road works traffic lights on the other side of the village had time to look across at the farm land and it strikes you as always one of the attractions of this country is the contrasts you come across in such a small area.
The bleak rock and heather of the north-west, the mountains down to the lochs of our place, the rolling “hills of the borders”, the woods of Perth and the bustle of the cities.
Anyway back to the clutch at Kishorn, not come through, so that will be the rest of the week off. Weather is still stunning and it boded for a busy evening shift and that was the case. Not so bad for finding people a seat as the garden was full but the kitchen got humped. still putting out food at half nine. The event of the evening took place fairly late on and involved weddings. The Inn was already mainly booked up for a wedding that is taking place today, unfortunately in the rain, looking out the window. All was going well, sitting outside, tucking into scallops and halibut, and we were getting ready for the last group of 6/8 who were eating at eight. The drama started when the lady dropped a name to Judith who immediately went into shock. She recognised the name but for a booking this time next year!! Panic stations as the community accommodation cannot cope with two weddings at such short notice and at this time of year. The stress lasted for about ten minutes while the lady got on the phone and fortunately,for us, Eilean Donan Castle confirmed what we hoped ….the wedding is down for next year. They had turned up for their wedding a year early. Amusement amongst the “real” wedding party.
Meanwhile in the garden a steak was so much appreciated that the lady ordered another one!! Cheesed Judith off as she was “stick thin”. And she finished it, seems it was a unique occurrence and she was not in the habit of doing this.
Lined up today is a trip to Kyle with an ill kayaker, picking up my clutch from Kishorn….and a massage in Shieldaig, squeeze in a bit of bookwork as well.