This was the question I was asked by my other half shortly before I almost drove off the road as I was choked with laughter and couldn’t breathe!
Bless him! We were driving past Great Glen Yurts – which is one of these…
Day three has been another fabulous one! I went up the Cairngorms on a funicular – which sounds like a sexually transmitted disease, but is much prettier! The day started at 5.30am when the alarm went off, as we had a three hour drive across the highlands to Tomintoul – the highest village in the UK. It has a whiskey shop…and a lot of wind…and lovely people!
As we headed off in the dark, we caught a number of eyes in the headlights and managed to see some deer up close and personal…although none of this was captured on film as it was too dark! We saw all sorts on our journey…I even saw my Mum having a wee near a river!
So we eventually arrived in Tomintoul just past 9am, and at 9.10am my Mum and other half were eating massive ice creams from the little delicatessen there…Mums was whiskey flavoured and his was banoffee and raspberry ripple…I just had a good portion of fresh air. After looking at the craft shops – and me falling in love with a £1500 ironwork piece of art (I might ring and order it…shush, don’t tell my other half!) – we headed off towards Aviemore.
A quick stop at Strathspey Smokehouse was in order…and £30 later I had a bag of smoked salmon and some smoked chicken, duck, venison and beef…I feel some Original Slimming World days coming on. They create the most delicious smoked salmon here – the best I have ever tasted, and they package under many different names for many different supermarkets. It is excellent stuff…and what is even better is that it is much cheaper directly from their shop – bonus! More pennies towards my sculpture!
I have no idea why I am mentioning the sculpture though – as I have already loaded myself up with original pieces of art from a gorgeous craft shop in Carrbridge. I got this lot…
A rather eclectic mix! Each has a ‘thing’ that I love…and I couldn’t choose between them. Given that I haven’t really been out much for a long while, I thought that I was worth the the treat! I also bought this for my Mum – which is a gorgeous slate tile with a tree on it…hard to describe, but it is beautiful.
We then headed to the Clootie Dumpling shop – I didn’t go in here as Clootie Dumpling is my nemesis…it’s kind of like a Christmas pudding that you steam or boil…but it is much nicer than Christmas pud in my opinion!
After this it was a trip to Rothiemurchas, which is the activity centre of Aviemore – loads of great stuff to do – archery, clay shooting, trekking, quad biking, mountain biking…I just went shopping again! My Mum treated me to a delicious bag – a one off piece…I am going to contact the chap who made it to see if I can get a commission at some point…I love my handbags! She won’t let me take a picture of it though as it is a Christmas pressie…so look out for it soon! We also went into a craft shop which had Christmas decorations, and my Mum spent a fortune in here – she already has enough decorations for three fecking trees, and only two trees to put them on! There also happened to be a foodie section in there which was full of deliciousness…including this display of handmade chocolates. I will never know how I managed to resist as they looked amazing!
It was then the moment that the real reason we were in that neck of the woods happened. I met a lovely twitter lady – @mispoops – and we spent a couple of hours – which flew by – eating delicious food and bletherin’ (talking lots!) and it was so lovely to meet her – she is a gorgeous lady. I of course talked far too much, ate far too much and swore far too much…but it was great fun! We have made a date for next year – and if she is ever in my neck of the woods she is more than welcome to come for a brew or a BBQ. As for my food choices…well, I chose fairly wisely but I could tell that there was olive oil…it was bloody delicious though and I filled up on two plates. I had been up for hours and had a long day ahead of me…but even if I had come from the campsite next door, I reckon I would have eaten the same! Haha…Italian food is too delicious…especially when it is one of those ‘all you can eat’ demons!
After goodbyes, we headed off to the Cairngorms to go for a ride on the funicular. It was so windy up there that as soon as I got out of the car my top blew over my head. Thanking the Lord for the lunch date – as I had put a bra on specially! – the local school trip didn’t get a view of my droopy bits, but just my rolls! Whilst waiting for the funicular, I spotted this beauty…a carved wooden hidey-hole chair…I would love something like this tucked away in a secret garden!
We went up to the top of the mountain and out onto the viewing platform which showed a temperature of 0 – but with the wind it felt much colder – it certainly cleared your head, that’s for sure! The views were amazing…
Once we finished up the hill, we headed off to a loch with a sandy shoreline in order to give the dog a good run…she loves this place and went swimming…and slept all of the way home…and is sleeping now!
After this, we headed home…and on the subject of sleep, I am not getting much and am shattered, so I am going to finish up there for the night and catch up soon.
Breakfast: Egg, spinach and tomato rolls (2 x HEB).
Not much to say about today’s food really. Brekkie was prepared last night read for the early road-trip, and lunch was just delicious – orzo, giant couscous, beans, tomato salads, beetroot salad, red cabbage…delicious! Dinner was a quick potato and beans job after a long drive. No official syns today as I think that there were plenty in the lunch!
Exercise: Hmmm…a bit of walking and lots of talking!
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx