Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Looking back...April & May

April started a long way north on an island, and May, strangely enough, ENDED  a long way north on an island too! Orkney was just fantastic - surprisingly different to the Hebrides, and yet some things were very similar. The Ring of Brodgar of course has parallels with Calanais...

 We found mainland to be quite like Lewis, while the small island of Shapinsay that we visited had that very inquisitive friendliness that we always find on North Uist too.

It really was a fantastic few days and we're very much looking forward to going back! 

At the beginning of May we popped down to Kent for a weekend - there was a Bank Holiday there needing used! As we still had National Trust membership we headed for Dover while we were there - lots of parking and a great walk out along the cliff tops to South Foreland Lighthouse too. On arriving we prioritised Tea & cake, as you do...

...very fine it was, and beautifully presented! the lighthouse itself was fascinating, well worth a visit if you're down that way at all, and of course the cliff walk gives hyou some fabulous views too...

The rest of May was largely dedicated to getting ready for our annual Hebrides trip. Spending money was counted,walking and camera kit checked over, and packing done before finally we were able to head North, and after a long drive and a quick overnight stop we were on our first ferry crossing "over the sea to Skye" 

Sadly we arrived on North uist with weather not quite as good as the previous year - indeed our first job on the Saturday morning was to take down and pack up a sodden tent! do you know what though? It really didn't matter, and rain or no rain we never find ourselves short of something to see,

or a beach to be walked on!

Hosta, that one, one of our absolute favourites - we can usually be found strolling there a few times during our trip, footwear abandoned up the way somewhere - well, can you see anyone else there to worry about? No, me neither! 



Scarlet said...

Your photographs are stunning. What beautiful places you have visited.

Robyn said...

Oh thank you lovely - that's such a nice thing to say! Yes, the places have been wonderful - we're aiming for more of the same next year, and beautiful places make lovely photos easier to get, I suppose!