Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Holiday's Over!

Well and truly! The washings done, the ironing pile is wobblingly high and I just want to spin!

The holiday was fab with just one hiccup in the middle, namely Fair Isle!

It had all started so well. Ian and I travelled to Benderloch, just outside Oban and stayed on a very small croft/site, which was so peaceful, and only a short walk to a lovely beach.

We walked and ate and generally relaxed in the glorious weather. We visited a poultry place which was less than a mile away from our site. I'd love to have a few chickens and it was wonderful to see all the different breeds and talk to the owners who were so helpful and full of info.

We then travelled to Braemar in the Cairngorms, to a Caravan club site called The Invercauld, another peaceful site. The village was only a few minutes away. Handy for Ian while I was in Fair Isle.............we thought!

The flight to Shetland was brill and Carrie Anne was an absolute star! The flight was followed by a two and a half hour ferry ride, where we saw a minke whale and many different types of seabirds.

Our first glimpse of Fair Isle.

Then everything seemed to go downhill from there! The 'retreat' was nothing like we'd hoped it would be, for many reasons, which I won't go into here, suffice to say we were so disappointed we decided to leave after two days.

The positive sides to the trip though were plentiful. Firstly, Carrie Anne flew! Twice! Evidence below

We saw a beautiful part of the world, albeit briefly. I would love to return and see the islands and their wildlife more closely. We also met some wonderful people along the way, who were very supportive when things were going wrong and I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time in the company of Carrie Anne!

So I returned to Braemar and spent the rest of the hols with my dear hubby, who I fear has started a new hobby, munro bagging! The dogs went beserk when I came back too! They had a whale of a time, walking, swimming, eating and sleeping with a bit of stick chasing in between!

Paddy and Alfie looking pooped!


And so it was back to reality, Ian back to work and the holiday washing done!

I've spent the morning washing some fleece that I bought yesterday on a spinning course that Becky found only half an hours drive away! It was everything I'd hoped Fair Isle would be. Yesterdays lesson was on a members farm, and we were shown what to look for in a fleece and what to do with it to prepare it for spinning. It was brilliant,all the members were so friendly and welcoming and the tutor fantastic. I was buzzing afterwards and as I said I brought some fleece back home from a lovely Shropshire called Norman!

So Normans drying in the garden at the moment and I can't wait to spin with him!

Isn't life strange?


Auntie Noo said...

I'm sorry Fair Isle wasn't all you wanted it to be, but the other photos are exquisite and it looks like you still managed to have a fab time!

InkyArtitude said...

Welcome home Kat! Sorry to hear your retreat was such a let down when you'd so looked forward to it. But the rest of the holiday looks fab and Paddy and Alfie have obsiously been living the dream. I am soooh pleased that you enjoyed yesterday and it's left you on a high. Looking forward to seeing you soon I hope.

ambermoggie said...

sorry it wasn't a good trip to fair isle but glad you enjoyed the rest of it

acrylik said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time yesterday! Yay!! Can't wait to see how Norman works up :D

Curly Cable said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday apart from your trip to Fair Isle. I love the pictures of your boys Paddy and Alfie, I bet they were so excited to see you! I looking forward to seeing pictures of Norman!

Kath said...

Great photos! Pity about Fair Isle but the rest of the holiday sounds lovely and such luck finding another course more to your liking! And a fleece as well - I like knowing what the sheep was called! And at least there's still WoolFest for you!

Fibrespace said...

What a shame the course didn't live up to expectations. Great photographs, sounds like the rest of the holiday was good.

Piglottie said...

Sorry to hear Fair Isle was not what you had hoped, but it does sound like the rest of your holiday was wonderful - and the pictures are stunning. Looking forward tos eeing what you do with Norman ;)

dreamcatcher said...

Sorry you and CA had such a disappointment with the Fair Isle course, but all the rest of it looks so lovely, such stunning scenery up there. And a spinning course near home too, sounds great!

Helen said...

Amazing pictures. Apart from the fair isle bit (shame :( ) it looks like you've had a fantastic time.

I am very jealous of the munro bagging :)

ferg said...

OK!!! I'll own up and admit that I would love to know what "Munro Bagging" is. No-one else has asked so obviously everyone else in blogworld knows except me. It's got to be something Scottish, hasn't it?
Cheers Gillian

artyfartykat said...

Hi Gillian! Munroes are the name given to mountains in Scotland that are over 3000ft. People who reach the summit have 'bagged' that mountain and munro bagging is 'collecting' these mountains. Some people have climbed all the munroes, theres about 200!

KnitYoga said...

What a shame about Fair Isle. Your holiday looks wonderful otherwise though and I'm so glad that you've found a good spinning tutor after all that and so close by!

Rain said...

CA told us what happened and I was so disappointed for you. At least you had a good time on the rest of the holiday and have found what you went for closer to home. Lovely photos!

RoxyKnits said...

Your holiday sounded fab and the pics are great (apart from Fair Isle of course). My favourite has to be the chicken ;)