Sunday, 7 May 2017

An exemplary roll model?

We were over at the Torridon cottage this weekend, catching the tail end of an extended period of atypically warm and dry weather - a rare event indeed in Scotland's NW Highlands.

On Saturday morning, Gail was hard at work in the garden and so I decided to give her a nice surprise and help out.

You might gave noticed that the patch of grass in front of the cottage is somewhat uneven.

Now it is true that I am not an expert gardener (and believe me neither is Gail) but I have heard how the done thing is to roll your lawn.

So I gave that a go while Gail's attention was elsewhere.

Who knew that lawn rolling is such hard work? With that and the heat (20°C!) I was soon exhausted so retreated inside to recuperate.

For some reason, when Gail came in and spotted me on the sofa, she was less than appreciative of my efforts… 

On Sunday we took a break from the garden and climbed up the Mountain Trail in the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. It was my first proper hill walk in ages, and I'm pleased to report that my paws are feeling really good just now!

The picture below shows you the bottom of the trail and the new header photo was taken near the top. It is a steep climb in places. I try not to feel too insulted when being repeatedly told how my predecessor Hamish the Westie was much more confident at scrambling over rocks than I am.


  1. Bertie we are totally jealous of your weather. It is snowing here today (not staying but in the air). We would love to roll down the hill too!

  2. Hari OM
    OMD Bertie lad, one of angel Jade's favourtist things was grass-bathing...errrrr... rolling... only she didn't have such magnetic furs...

    And that piccie from the summit is sublime! Am very glad to hear your pawsies are holding up. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. MOLMOLMOL Bertie you are such a BOY!! OMCs that grass makes me itch. Am I to assume your paws are feeling fit as a fiddle now? yayayayaya
    THAT MAKES ME HAPPY. Gail or somebuddy is doing a very nice job in the garden
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Bertie, the view from that beautifully rolled grass in your garden is breath-taking!

    -Otto and Osa who are collecting grass things called fox tails and, according to our mom, BAD...

  5. grass rolling is a super impawtant job... and I think your Gail should give you some treats and a gols medal for being the bestest grass n' roller of scottland :o)

  6. What a beautiful garden Bertie. Such lovely views and thank you so much for showing it to us. It looks like you have been very busy on the lawn rolling and clearly it totally exhausted you. How fit are you Bertie. Have another look at that research paper that you are writing. Are you as fit as a barnacle goose?

  7. What a beautiful spot to spend your weekend in, Bertie. I'd love a garden like that, with a view of the Loch. Mind you, I'm not sure we'd make it even halfway up the mountain ! We're definitely not a Barnacle Goose these days !

    Inca xx

  8. Hamish was closer to the ground. We think SHE would prefer lawn rolling...not digging. So happy you're having great weather. This morning it was 0°C--first frost of the season.

  9. Wow Bertie you had wonderful weather up there......further south it was COLD I can promise you
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  10. All that hard work and Gail didn't even appreciate it?! Hmph! At least you got a nice hill walk in. So glad your paw is all better!

  11. BOL PROOF!!! You helped. Bet Gail doesn't have proof
    Lily & Edward

  12. What a fun place to explore! Me and Stanley are really good about rock climbing and such. Maybe you can come over and we can give you some tips?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. We need our lawn rolled. Wish you could come here and work your magic, Bertie!

    Wyatt and Tegan

  14. The garden is beautiful, Bertie! I hope that Gail appreciates just how much effort you put into this.

  15. Simply gorgeous shots! I think it looks like are doing quite well climbing - even if your predecessor was a little more speedy. You are just enjoying the scenery!