Two weeks ago we had our trip down to Kintyre, today and last Monday we stayed a little closer to home and enjoyed what our beautiful neighbouring islands have to offer.
Seil has ferry links to two of the other Slate islands, last week we took the “big” ferry (it takes cars) over to Luing. We weren’t lucky enough to see the dolphins* we’d spotted on our last visit but the view is beautiful even without cetaceans.
We drove up to Cullipool for a walk along the shore and lunch at The Atlantic Islands Centre. Bramble loves it there, not only is she welcome at the centre but there are sooooooo many stones to chase on the beach.
Today we took the little ferry (passengers only) to Easdale our nearer neighbour. It’s a great place for dog walking as there aren’t any cars. We took the paths around the old quarries and climbed to its highest point (not that high, around 38 metres). After that it was back to the friendly Puffer Bar and Restaurant for coffee and a scone. Dogs aren’t allowed in the tearoom but are welcome in the bar, there’s also plenty of seating outside, which is where we enjoyed our drinks today.
So will we get another “Blue Monday” next week? Fingers crossed.
*when I didn’t have my camera
So far we’ve escaped the Eastie Beastie*, we’ve had a dusting of snow and the hills are spectacular, but it is certainly very cold and windy. And Storm Emma may yet give us a a pasting. The tidal pond was frozen earlier
and the birds have been glad of the seeds and fat balls in their feeders, and seem to add variety to their diet with titbits from the compost bin.
picking at the compost
they were a little shy at the feeder
It’s St David’s day today and we don’t quite have daffodils but they are trying their best.
And the primroses have made a brave show.
We had a great walk today over on the mainland, up past the standing stones to the trig point. It was a bit, shall we say brisk? to take photos at the top but here are some taken from the garden later.
Hope you’re safe and warm wherever you may be.
*a variation on “Beast from the East”, and something I was called when I explained I’d moved here from Edinburgh.
It’s only the 4th of February and some recent sunny days may have turned my head but I think there are signs of Spring in the air. I’m definitely noticing longer days, it’s so nice when it stops being dark by 5pm. On my walk this morning I spotted these pushing their way through the roadside verge.
Soon there’ll be daffodils brightening my way. The view down to the bay was extra beautiful too.
We decided to drive down to Arduaine gardens to see how Spring was looking there.
And I think beautiful is the word?
Then stopped off for a bite of lunch at The Lord of the Isles at Craobh Haven and enjoyed more gorgeous views. It’s dog friendly too.
Back home I was pleased to see these signs of Spring in our garden
and hopefully there’ll be more ready to welcome guests soon.
We might not have a Superstore on Seil but we do have a super store. We go there most days, for our newspaper, eggs, jam and other essentials. For the past few months we’ve been trying to make the journey on foot which though admittedly challenging on our more humid days is a much more sociable way to travel.
Bramble waiting outside the shop
The weather has been lovely for the past few days and it’s brought out a wonderful display of flowers, in gardens and growing wild. I can’t name them all, but here are just a few from this morning’s walk.
the first bluebell
and the last of the
and in gardens
And then there are also these cute youngsters
Which did give me qualms about some of the contents of my shopping bag, but it’s all part of the cycle of life, here on Seil.