So, just to update you on other stuff. Over at Gail's west coast cottage last weekend the weather was, well, all that one expects on Scotland's west coast. Exactly as depicted in the animated film 'The Illusionist' in fact. I was a bit worried that we would be staying inside so I decided to draw Gail's attention to her excellent and definitely waterproof walking boots...
Luckily, my new friend Clare, who was staying with us, is a jolly good sport and does not mind the rain at all. Here we are together in the little village of Shieldaig.
And later, admiring the view of Loch Maree, and the majestic mountain Slioch, part hidden in the mist.
Then I went exploring the Caledonian pine forest on the slopes of Beinn Eighe.
Back at the cottage, I discovered that Clare also does most excellent tummy tickles.
What's not to like?
Oh and finally, I want to show you the Autumn crocuses, growing around Hamish's memorial stone. They are extra pretty this year, drawing beauty from the ashes of Gail's dear old Westie.