Monday, 7 April 2014

Round Britain in 10 Days!!

After Jenny's Buildbase incident, I just had to get away!

So I went to Glasgow to meet Ruth and Lucy, we had 3 days of culture, eating out, shopping, eating out, laughing and 
Oh yes...eating out!
I love Glasgow! 
When I lived in Dorset we only heard the bad things, but Glasgow city is just great, it's friendly, easy to explore and I even got to park my car in Alan Kelly's (man who made the Dower House windows) yard, 2 streets away from the Kelvingrove Hotel.
I also met the only other person I know in Glasgow, Andy Thomson, (chainsaw man) who has sorted his life out so well, he can't be persuaded to come back to Islay for now, so we'll just have to manage without him. 

Jenny arrived in Glasgow on the 3rd day to travel to Dorset. I took the wrong road out of Glasgow, but ended up on the Carlisle road anyway. Lucy drove from West Moorland in hysterics at Jenny's jokes all the way to Dorset. I dozed.

So from Islay to Glasgow to Dorset to see Mum and a few friends (not enough), on to Cambridge to see Nick's family, Jenny and I traveled round Britain and our last stop before Islay was Gretna Green. Unbeknown to us the Hotel we booked was THE hotel, Gretna Hall Hotel, where a 100 years ago young couples ran away to get married over the border. Not Mr Darcy of course, he did it properly and Lydia never made it! 
It was great!

Oh Look it's the Finlaggan, where are the little ferries?
We prefer the older ferries as you can stand on top and see everything, the Finlaggan is very smart, but closed in.

Back at the Dower House, Nick shaved his beard off for our  anniversary and I didn't even notice! Hmm not a good start.

Bertie is leading his girls astray on Cnoc beach

The New Saw

Having been let loose with Gary's saw The Dower House just had to have one...and it has not stopped going since it arrived!
One day this will be our home...with running water...electricity...a muddy boots...and quiet.

Some general animal photos

Red deer on Ardtalla estate late one afternoon.

A Walk On The Oa

Cassie found this Common Lizard 

At Topsy's the flowers are coming out and a glass of 
wine on the lawn is just lovely.

First Paddle Of the Year!
(Not counting the rescue of Roland's boat at new Year)

Sun, seals,


...and a can of Coke...

..and home!

Dan and Katie are digging the footings for the new water filtration system.
Dan's using Uncle Chris's "BIG" Mallet, Katie needs a helmet!

Cassie's stealing the tools...

...and walking on glass!

Last, but by no means least...

Martin Armstrong has started 
the electrics.
This is the first fixings

It must be spring!


1 comment:

  1. "We prefer the older ferries as you can stand on top and see everything, the Finlaggan is very smart, but closed in."

    Good to see I'm not alone, that's exactly what I think as well.