Wednesday 4 July 2018

Home alone bored...

We were having such a lovely time over in what I shall now call the Costa del Torridon, I really don't understand why Gail had to drag us back to Aberdeen, where I find myself sitting bored at home waiting for her to return from work and entertain me.

Well today I have set myself the task of selecting my favourite eight photos from our recent four day jaunt across Scotland. There are loads of pictures to choose from, but as Gail has given me a free paw in the selection, you can rest assured they will all be featuring your truly front and centre.

Here I am, sitting nicely aligned with the Glenmuick Church in Ballater. We stopped there on the way to Torridon, and I scored big time 'cos the cheese scone Gail ordered in the nearby café turned out to be yesterday's so she gave me half of it, as I don't at all mind dry scones (especially cheesy ones).

On arriving at the cottage we took an evening stroll. This photo was taken at around 10 pm.

And here's me being, well, just being me, standing amongst some bog asphodels ( the little yellow flowers), although it has been so dry lately that the poor asphodels were missing their bog.

I have to say I was not so keen on sitting on this memorial bench, just up the road from our cottage, even if the temperature was over 25ºC. Please someone find a comfy cushion to cover the hard Torridonian sandstone.

You might wonder what's been happening on the hillside behind the bench. Has some dog been destuffing a monster toy? No of course not - look closer! The cotton grass is abundant this year - despite the lack of rain.

For variety, I have here included a photo of me asleep at Gail's feet, in the front garden of the cottage, taking a break from all the strenuous "sit nicely Bertie" business.

So  I was fully recovered, and on top posing form when Gail spotted this photo opportunity at Grudie, on the way home to Aberdeen.

Finally, knowing I was shortly to be cooped up inside for a few days, I gave my ear flaps a good blast of sea air on the beach at Nairn.

OK. I'm bored again now. What's next?

P.S. It turns out that what's next involved Gail and me and going round to Yvonne and Neil's house to watch the TV. There were a lot of men in red or yellow shirts running around kicking a ball and it all culminated in much jubilant shouting.


  1. Great pics!

    I just wish one of those guys would kick da ball to ME!

  2. Lovely photos Bertie - you look so handsome in each one.
    My Human has distant relatives living in Nairn, and they sometimes send photos of their dog on the beach. It looks absolutely beautiful, but I hear the sea can be chilly !

    Inca xx

    1. "Can be" chilly? We think "is chilly" is more accurate!
      Toodle pip!

  3. Hari OM
    It's overrated, that pushing a ball around the green with feet and heads, Bertie lad... I'd rather be where you were! Fabulous images of your dear and handsome self. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Great selection. But tell us, Bertie lad, have you ever had a bad photo of your handsome self!

    Rule Brittany’s!

  5. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Bertie I do so think Gail should go to work 'more frequently' giving you total reign over the blog and the photo selections...well that is after she has taken all those lovely WFT photos.
    Golly gee the views are spectacular.
    FYI: Dad will be lurking about this evening checking out these views.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  6. You sure picked out some lovely pictures of you Bertie. We have to say the scenery was quite lovely too.

  7. You selected some great photos, Bertie. We don't think that bench very comfy at all, but it made for a lovely photo op:)

    Happy 4th of July

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  8. Bertie - I'm told by a suddenly patriotic Swede that the jubilant shouting will come to an end when they meet Sweden on Saturday.

    1. Gail fears that, as so often, this particular suddenly patriotic Swede may be correct.

  9. Are you sure that's not a destuffed monster toy? Looks like it to me!

  10. What a wonderful walk...with a very handsome model!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  11. Those are grreat pics! What is cotton grass? I haven't heard of that.


    1. Common cotton grass = Eriophorum angustifolium, grows in acidic bogs, strictly speaking a sedge not a grass!

  12. Dear Bertie,

    Amazing scenery! Amazing places! Of course, the best thing in all the photos is YOU! I hope you get to go traveling again soon.