Sunday 8 October 2017

Torridon: A wet walk and a wedding party

Gosh, it has been far too long since I last visited the Torridon cottage. But here I am this weekend on the wet west coast of Scotland, with Gail and her friend Yvonne for company. 

And look how patient I am posing for photos, even in the rain.

Of course I do expect a reward.

Now it may not come as a surprise to folk who have met Gail and Yvonne, but I can exclusively reveal to the rest of you that for this pair of friends, the main point of exercise is to enable them all the more to enjoy a good nosh-up in the evening.

So I am delighted to report that just a few miles from the cottage in the remote village of Diabaig, we have a most welcoming restaurant.

It turns out that on Saturday evening I was not the only dog to be invited along. 

Meet Patch.

I must say, Patch's people were so much better dressed than mine. Look at that fine kilt.

 And what's this? A wedding frock!

And there were two lovely bridesmaids looking most adorable in blue, with white fluffy capes. Gail says that not all bridesmaids would be so enthusiastic about posing with an ever so slightly muddy dog in their arms.

Patch told me that the couple had been married in something called a 'humanist service' on the old stone pier at Diabaig earlier that day. Gail seemed to approve. I sure hope they had some big umbrellas.

In the interest of accuracy I feel I must report that I spent the final part of the evening in the back of Gail's car.

Yes I know, it is quite unimaginable that Gail could have been so cruel. Ok, so there was the small matter of a noisy altercation with Patch while Gail was chatting with another customer at the restaurant (a nice man from North Carolina).

But I notice that Patch was allowed to stay, which I consider quite unfair.


  1. Hari OM
    inequity!!! I hope there was a doggy bag to make up for it... So glad to see your post, though Bertie; I was thinking very fondly of yourself and Gail this morning and had the picture of you both at Torry... glad you were indeed up there &*> Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. Bertie what a very nice damp walk but considering your recent incarceration...wet was okey dokey I'm sure.
    WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTT Gail met a man from our neck of the woods OMCs OMCs. That is just too exciting. Did Gail have a hard time understanding his accent? If so, that might be why you were banished to the car for not using your inside bark.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  3. It takes two, Bertie. We think you were unfairly treated. However, it was a great walk. And you are in a favourite place. So let it go.

  4. We are sure the wrong dog was removed for dinner. Life can be so unfair.
    Glad the rain didn't stop your walk.

  5. Hmmm, dat duz seem unfair. Demand extra treats!

  6. All votes are in your favor so far. But we bet that the reason was that the restaurant was Patch's "turf" so Gail ceded the question of who should leave. We can effectively argue the opposing side if it gets to that point.


  7. Poor Bertie, you certainly drew the short straw that evening, and it looked such a good place to be. Hope there were lots of cuddles and treats for you afterwards.
    You did have a nice walk first - even though it was raining !

    Inca xx

  8. What a shame that after such a wonderful walk(except for the rain) you were unfairly banished to the car...we sure hope Gail brought you a "to go" box filled with a delicious dinner!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  9. The terriers are always the first to get tossed out...what's up with that?
    Wyatt and Tegan

  10. The back of Gail's car - say it ain't so! I guess that's because it was a humanist wedding (as in only humans). Glad you were able to hang out with Patch for a little bit.