I have been missing in action once again and for that I do apologise. It is a busy time of year with the garden and cottage. We have been trying to get as many outside jobs done as possible before the weather changes and we once again are confined inside. We have also had a trip to the mainland for a few days to trade in our old car and pick up a new one. We drove up to Inverness and enjoyed a wonderful city break staying at The Royal Highland next to the station. It is a Victorian building, with quite the grand entrance. The rooms are a little tired these days but the service was exceptional. The breakfast was mediocre but the afternoon tea and evening meal were a delight. We booked a package which also included a free cocktail, so that was quite the treat sat in the lounge prior to our dinner. I managed to get most of the shopping that I needed which we both really enjoyed, it has been a long time since we did any real shopping. I must admit it was quite sad to see so many empty shops and a real gap now that Debenhams has gone.
In other news, my nieces children are now recovered from Covid and are doing well. Thankfully it did not spread through the family. They have been vigilant with the hand washing and testing. I thank you for all your well wishes, they were appreciated.
I continue to dry herbs in readiness for the Winter months. I have done extra this year so that I can include some in my little hampers. There is a lovely smell of mint in the kitchen which I am loving.
I am always amazed how much is needed to fill a small jar, copious amounts are required. I am thankful for the very large plant which is spreading rapidly and needs to be curtailed. We are still enjoying rhubarb and also have loads in the freezer. Lettuce/spring onions/rocket have been amazing and are regulars on our plates.
I have finally finished a shawl that I have been working on. The final row seemed to take an age but was worth the effort as it cools down some of the bright colours.
These lazy hazy days of Summer are just flying by and a joyful reminder of why we moved here. Each view/ landscape/seascape etched into my mind so that I can enjoy them time and time again. The moorland is alight with colour and so my adventures with dying wool will begin. I am eager to try some of the traditional methods. Time will tell, but I am hopeful.
I am also enjoying getting back into the swing of mixing with neighbours and friends. It has been a delight to once again chat and enjoy each others company, after the long separation of Covid restrictions.
I am going to close for now as I must get ready for my aerobics class, another step in the recovery to normality. I will catch up with you all on my return.
See you soon.