Sunday, July 20, 2008

En vacance but not in Provence! Having travelled from Applecross to the Dordogne (in several days I hasten to add). We took two days to get to London where we spent a restful day before catching the ferry and travelling to Orleans (S of paris). Unfortunately, the campsite we had planned to stay at was shut fro refurbishment and a last minute dash around the countryside found us at Parc de les Alicourt a 4* centre parcs type affair. Never again. We left there pretty sharpish, it was completely inundated with Dutch and parisian 'campers' who wanted bars and discos with gangs of (well-behaved bu noisy) teenagers roaming the site :-(
Serendipity in the form of an unscheduled visit to Argenton-sur-Creuse (because we missed the turning for Orleans and couldn't be bothered to look for an alternative route) and the first campsite we saw was a quiet, shady and grassy 3* campsite where we spent a couple of nights. The tipi was great; however, I do not remember camping including a laptop (Horton hears a who) and popcorn at night. Still, it was good!

Then a drive to the Dordogne where the temperature that met us was 35.5 F! The first thing we did when we arrived was got into our swimming gear and dived into the swiming pool.

See the photos in the web album.

I'll be uploading more pictures as we go.


Bon Vacances

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Summertime...and the living is...

Perhaps it'll stay nice all day today! Sarah is off to Lochcarron to see her friend Seonaid and his son Oran. Andrew has been looking forward to this for the last few days. The prospect of a day in the office isn't exactly enthralling; but, another day another dollar.

Currently, I have no news about my job prospects. I expect that I will hear whether the bid to fund my post on 8th August or more likely it'll be on the 11th which is when I go back to work after the holiday.

Talking of holidays, we're starting our preparation to leave on Sunday.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Once again the misty drizzle is with us. This time we have stronger winds which are preventing it from being wet all the time. However, the wind is from the north.

The hill in the pictures is Ben A'Clachain which rises to 620m+ a bit further to the right of the picture. The part that can be seen is 300m+ high.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Oh yes, the sun is closer at this time of year

I had forgotten. When the sun comes out it feels quite warm indeed!

You can see shadows on the ground and the colour of the rock on Ben A'Clachain.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Where is it?

For those who do not know where the Robins' Nest is it's approx. 250 miles North of Glasgow and exactly 81 miles due West of the nearest Tesco, Cinema, etc.

To get there you have to travel the longest hill in the UK sea-level to 2053 feet and back to sea-level in approx. 11 miles! The Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle).

After six years here we're kind of used to it, but when I say that Andrew is going to swimming lessons every morning this week you'll appreciate what an undertaking that it is. I guess it requires a certain amount of commitment to put up with the lack of conveniences, because that's how we see the things we used to take for granted when we lived in Wandsworth, London...conveniences, not essentials!


Hurrah, Sunshine & Showers

Yes, finally after what seems like more than a week the cloud has broken! The forecast is for sunshine and showers, occassionally heavy. Andrew is having a course of swimming lessons. He has been going to Kyle swimming pool every morning for a half-hour lesson.

He's getting better and can now manage a width of the pool, five-metres, and can swim through hoops from a crouching dive!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What A Lovely Summer

Actually raining this morning, quite heavily.

We won a tipi from a site that I bought a tipi from (typical), buy one get one free, not exactly the kind of offer one looks for with tipis. Still, nevermind, anyone want to buy a brand new 4-6 person tipi?