My blog title was an optimistic one when I began writing at 7am this morning! The cable cars that I had planned on going on were closed due to high winds
I have only just found this out though at 4pm…so I guess I had best get on with describing the rest of the day instead!
My other half had booked a sea kayaking session – something which I quite fancy having a go at next year…even though I hate boats! So we were up early to get him to the pick-up point for this. And it kind of went a little surreal from there, as I suggested to my Mum that we go and climb another hill…I have no idea what is in the water up here, but I must take some back with me!
So we headed to Glenfinnan to the monument – which was erected in 1815 to mark the place where ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ raised his standard, at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. There is a hill behind it and viewing point which overlooks the scenic location of the monument, and if you do a 180 turn you get a great view of the Harry Potter viaduct. Now this isn’t a particularly massive hill – for most people it is a bit of a climb. However, it is more like a series of natural steps over rocks and tree roots and stuff…and considering that I not only look like a Teletubbie but also shuffle along like one, it was challenging to say the least! I laughed when I saw the sign which recommended walking boots saying that the path was uneven and worn…it was a little more worn after I had stomped down the poor thing!
It was early morning, so the place was pretty much deserted other than an old couple who had set up their camera to catch the stream train coming over the viaduct – goodness knows how long they had been up there…and the train was ages away as we drove past it miles and miles and about 30 minutes down the road! Anyway, I made it to the top with one little perch on a rock to catch my breath! Again, my heart was beating out of my chest – but there were no other ill-effects…at least until I wake up tomorrow morning.
After our climb we then had the descent, which was okay but a bit slippy in places – my brave Mum went in front of me with our dog…it could have been dangerous for her if I came barrelling down behind her!
I took a couple of pics whilst I was up there, and had to take one of me to show my other half as I think he might have though that I was fibbing – he actually, tongue in cheek, said, “Oooh, that looks Photoshopped!”. If I had have doctored a picture, I would have done a hell of a lot of retouching! Anyway, here are the two pics of my rather beautiful morning – this was the view of the monument…
After this, we headed off to a visitor centre in Fort William. I think my Mum only went there for a shot of whiskey after her climb! I bought a gorgeous woollen blanket for my other half…and also some of his favourite biscuits. I spotted this shawl kind of thing that I liked the look of…but I didn’t try it on as I reckon I might have looked like a plonker…I might go back though and give it a go. It was kind of purple / lilac tartan – and purple is my favourite colour. There was also a scarf ‘moment’…I have always wanted to be one of those people who look all boho and chic in those thin scarf things, so I tried one on today – but felt all claustrophobic and so didn’t bother. I still love them though, and I still want to be one of those chic people!
After a peppermint tea and a nice chat with my Mum we then headed off to a place called Upper Achintore which goes up behind Fort William. If you follow the road right to the end – it’s a twisty hilly bugger – you get to see some amazing scenery along the way and are treated to a nice river which you can walk over. This is the gorgeous river at the end of a long and scenic road…
It was then time to collect my other half, via a quick trip to a gift shop which specialises in gems and fossils. I quite like that sort of thing, and my other half’s nephew loves dinosaurs so I was on the lookout for something for him too. Once we had collected my other half, we headed off to Aonach Mor and the cable cars that weren’t to be.
I was pretty gutted actually, as I had worked myself up and got all psyched to head off up the mountain…only to get to the ticket office and find that it was closed due to high winds. I am pleased that weren’t just throwing people in and laughing at their scared faces as the cars dangled and waved around in the wind, but I did swear a little!
The only consolation was the fact that there is a farm shop on the road to the cable cars…so I planned on comfort eating on nice farm shop fruits and veggies. However, that was also closed – it was not my day!
So we admitted defeat and headed into Fort William for supplies before heading back to the cottage. It was probably a good thing, as I have an early start tomorrow as the clan want to head to Tomintoul, then to a gorgeous smokehouse we have frequented on many an occasion, before heading into Aviemore to meet my lovely Twitter friend…with a visit to a gorgeous art studio in Carrbridge and to the Clootie dumpling shop. Phew…this driving is tiring, but it’s such great scenery that I really enjoy it, and Freddie is in his element up here.
There we have it then – adventures of day two and WLB in Scotland…I wonder if they will ever let me back!
Breakfast: Porridge with berries and a banana (7 syns).
Another delicious food day…although I am eating a little more than I usually do – due to my seafood and eat food mentality…I cannot leave seafood alone. So whilst it’s all on plan, I might have to rein myself in a little! Brekkie was porridge again, and lunch was a nice salad (if ‘nice’ is a word that can be used to describe salad!). I then grabbed a small pot of muscles when we got back to the cottage, followed by a delicious seafood starter of baked scallops wrapped in bacon…and then a gorgeous roast dinner. My snacks were eaten a little later – I guess I didn’t really need that fruit…but it was nice!
Exercise: Another hill walk / climb / struggle!
Thank you for reading – I hope that Monday has been marvellous for you!
Weight Loss Bitch xxx