Thursday, 19 February 2009

Hebrides countdown 2009.....part 2

Wow - just six weeks to go now - we need to start getting ourselves organised!  This weeks's picture is looking back over Loch A Ghoill to the cottage we stay in - doesn't it look small?!  This is the same Loch where we watched otters on the day we arrived last year, and I think this picture really gives a good sense of how remote the cottage is. Although small it has a surprising amount of room inside - it sleeps four comfortably enough although we've not put that to the test yet! The main bedroom is a good size, as is the kitchen. The front room is comfortable enough, but definitely cosy! The second bedroom is quite small but we purely use this for storage so it doesn't worry us, and the bathroom is just fine containing, as it does, everything you need!  

A "normal" day when we are there starts with me getting up when I wake up - but usually for the first week about 7.30am, and a little later as the body-clock adjusts in week two. I throw trousers and a fleece on, and it's into the kitchen to switch on the kettle and see if there is anything interesting swimming around on the loch. If there are birds about I'll pop straight out then with their food too. Once the tea is made then it's to the hall cupboard for the Tippy and other fire-making supplies, and clear out the ash and re-set the fire ready for the evening - this is a job that gets quicker with practise - first morning I always panic a bit thinking I've forgotten how to do a fail-safe-certain-to-light fire but once you start it's easy enough. Ben usually meanders through shortly after I've finished - immaculate timing! Breakfast is sometimes just toast and marmite or preserves, on other days maybe scrambled free range eggs or a fry-up depending on how we feel, but always sat at the table looking out over the loch...... We buy our food on arrival - people who take food with them to self catering places should be shot and then strung up as an example to others - these places rely so heavily on tourism in a lot of cases and it's only right that if you are going there to enjoy the scenery, views etc, then you should aim to put something back too. And there endeth the lesson.....! 

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