Sunday, 6 May 2012

Another lovely week & I'm on Holiday!

Another beautiful week has just gone by, with a little bit of rain here & there otherwise lovely blue skys. Still no more Swallows but lots of Cuckoos. I've even managed to sew some broad beans & altho they'll be late I'll still have some ;) I was givena couple of tiny spare tomato & mange tout plants & found some self seeded rocket from last yr so the greenhouse is filling up (!)

We had  friends staying for a few days, their first visit here. Old friends, - we've known them since '76 as we were all in Oxford, the DH earlier as he went to school  with him. I knew him & therefore her when he was in a band; she & I  were long term groupies,  I guess we still are! Having friends up gives us the opportunity to be 'tourists' so we did the boat trip thing over to Loch Coruisk which is set in the Cuillin Hills.

On a creative note I was worried that as it was 4 days of talking eating making merry & travelling about the place, I wouldn't have time to make anything this week, but of course there's no reason why I couldn't produce a few photographs, mount them & put them in the studio, I've done it before! so the first 4 pics are my chosen ones, the rest are pics of the trip but don't feel you have to stay till the bitter end!

Arriving at Elgol Pier

You get to see the seals (Common Seal) on the way, last time we saw a Sea eagle & you get great banter from the Captain. We've always done the trip where you get dropped off for 1 1/2 hrs, run round a bit, eat a quick picnic & then hop back on the boat for a delicious hot chocolate & a bumpy (because the wind's picked up!) ride back to the pier.

You also see Cormorants

& islands; Eigg & Rum

Here's Eigg again viewed over what we call the vanishing pool, the river flowing from the lock into the sea.

This time we decided to walk round the lock, warning our friends who don't do a lot of walking that it would take about 5 hrs, they said fine......This is the start.

Intriguing rock fromation 1/4 way round & more of the hills coming into view


Sundew & Violets
the odd sculpture

Half way round looking back

 Looking  up into the sun

Tam loving it!

 Arty rocks

 Last but not least, while the boys reminised over loud music each evening, mainly the favoured Motown we girls stitched our tapestries. I hadn't done mine in years, but it's actually where I started, way back when, thanks to my mum teaching me the stitches.

I may yet do some more ;)


Rustic Vintage Country said...

I'm sighing again, lovely photos. x

Unknown said...

Beautiful photo's Emma. Especially love the rock ones.

Su said...

You live in a truely beautiful place - and you have sunshine!

Julie said...

Not sure I would have managed 5 hours of walking but it certainly looks worth it. Such blue skies! I hope they're that blue when we come up to Mull in June. :-)

Sarah Sequins said...

What gorgeous pictures! Sounds like you're having a fabulous time.

I love the tapestry, too. Beautiful. :)

ju-north said...

Great pics! Looks like you had wonderful weather

Heloise said...

Great photographs. Sounds as if you all had a great time.

Nellie said...

What a lovely time you had with your guests!
Great pictures!
Our oldest daughter was awarded a scholarship for a three-week study at Oxford while she was in college! It was a wonderful experience for her!
This is still Sunday here, so I hope yours is a good one.:-)

mano said...

so beautiful pictures!!! I love this landscape very much!

Iz said...

What an absolutely stunning place, you are so lucky! My Dad used to go rock climbing in the Cuillins, and it's one of my deepest regrets that I never had the chance to explore Skye with him - not that I'd be joining him on the end of a rope, I'm too scared of heights!

Carole Reid said...

Never heard of sundews so thanks for introducing me to them. What fun to be with just the girls while the boys were out doing their thing! Happy week to you, Emma.

Anonymous said...

Great photo tour including Tam in the sea! Love the rock formations, that must be brewing some ideas in your head! xox

Robin Mac said...

Oh how I would love to visit Skye again - what beautiful photos. I hadn't realised you have sundews there too. I started off with tapestry too, then cross stitch, then applique and now not nearly enough of anything! cheers

Anonymous said...

Looks like you've had the sun the rest of us are looking for! Fab photos - sounds like you had a wonderful day with your friends.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Emma. Gorgeous photos of your 'tourist' trip. And I particularly liked your collages in the previous post. So cheerful and fun!
best, nadia

Linda Vincent said...

What a precious time you had with your friends ...all that activity then quietly sewing together. Sounds wonderful!
Can't believe those blue!!
And I love the colours in the cormorant photo.