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28Dec

Today saw us driving from Carrbridge across to Kilmalieu – via the Harris Tweed shop in Newtonmore!

We had such a good sleep last night…Mr WLB decided that he fancied sleeping on the top bunk of the bed in the family room we had been given, so I got the double all to myself – it was bliss! I slept for hours and so did he, so we felt pretty refreshed when we woke up.

The car was loaded once again, and we grabbed breakfast before setting off. I wouldn’t say that the hotel was brilliant – certainly not plush – but it was clean and welcoming and the food was lovely, so I would happily recommend it…and I don’t really do plush! Mr WLB polished off the rack of toast and jam that we were given, followed by a full cooked breakfast, whilst I went for grapefruit and a few items off the menu…although I must admit that the sausages, potato scones and black pudding looked amazing! ;-)

It was then time to hit the road and head across and down a little to get to our holiday cottage – a drive of about two hours…but a bit longer in this weather, as the roads were flooded and littered with tree branches!

I finally managed to get into the Harris Tweed shop enroute. I have a gorgeous bag of theirs and, when I hit my weight loss target, I have plans of a Harris Tweed hacking jacket or two for my horse showing. Whenever I have driven past before, it has always been either too early or too late to catch them open. Today however, I sat outside and waited for fifteen minutes! I bought my niece the purple jumper clad bear…

20131228-161729.jpgAnd I treated myself to a bag of tweed off cuts and am hoping that some creative type might help me to fashion a bag of sorts with it all…

20131228-162057.jpgI love the bright colours, but they seem to be in shorter supply. My only problem is that I absolutely hate the feel of tweed – same for scratchy itchy-assed wool – and it makes me gag…so I haven’t really been able to properly handle it all. Doesn’t bode well for a tweed hacking jacket really does it?! :-)

I was very restrained with my shopping today…I ignored the bags and purses, and I even put back a pair of gloves. These were lovely, but only leather-look and tweed – and I am not paying £55 for leather-look! That’s the Scottish in me I think! ;-)

So we hit the road after my mini-spending spree and drove through floods and twisty turny roads to reach Spean Bridge. We checked out the woollen mill there, and the posh soap shop, and the loos – in which I got a little pissed off with a coach load of Chinese tourists who were – seriously – taking photos in the toilet. Who wants a fecking photo of the toilet?! I just wanted to get in, wee, wash my hands, and get out without playing Chinese tenpin bowls and sending them flying in a rage! :-)

We then made it to Fort William and stocked up on supplies at Morrisons – and Mr WLB had a McDonalds – before we got on the ferry across to our cottage.

It was a great reception, with deer and stags on arrival…

20131228-160853.jpgAnd even sight of the famous goat herd of Kilmalieu too…what a welcome party! :-)

20131228-161023.jpgThe photos don’t really do them justice however, as the camera was buried in the car somewhere and when we opened the windows to take the pics on our phones, the rain was coming into the car horizontally and the wind was snatching our phones out of our hands!

I caught up with the chap next door, who said that the weather this year had been horrendous so far. We were pretty lucky back in September and the weather was glorious…the same cannot be said at the moment. Although, as my Grandad once told me, there is no such thing as bad weather…just bad clothing! :-)

So that’s it for today really. We are safe and settled and feel right at home already. We just need to work out what do whilst we are here really…the weather might put paid to the walking I had planned – as I unfortunately have not got suitable outdoor gear…not many outdoor manufacturers do clothes for WLB-sized people! I have a decent coat, but struggle to find waterproof trousers and leg-wear. But we will see…I am sure that we will get some activity in!

Breakfast: Grapefruit, followed by grilled tomato, grilled bacon and poached eggs.

20131228-155727.jpgLunch: Car picnic of tikka chicken and fruit.

20131228-155932.jpgDinner: Smoked chicken and spicy tomato pasta with veggies.

20131228-175750.jpgSnacks: Two cheese, tomato and spinach toasted rolls (HEA and 2 x HEB), two packets of French Fries (8 syns) and a mini Green & Blacks bar (4 syns).

20131228-180904.jpgA gorgeous food day today. Breakfast was lovely…even nicer as it was cooked for me! Grapefruit to begin – rather than cereals or toast and jam – and then three options from the cooked breakfast menu. This menu included potato scones, fried mushrooms, black pudding and locally made sausages…all of which I could have easily demolished, but I wanted to be able to polish my halo! ;-) Lunch was grabbed when we got to Morrisons, and was chosen to help me avoid the McDonalds feast that Mr WLB chose. Dinner was lush – red onion, tinned tomatoes and chopped fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, red and green pepper, spinach, spices, smoked chicken and pasta shapes. My snacks were awesome too today – a nice variety…including a bar of my Christmas chocs.

Exercise: Nothing today!

Thank you for reading,

Weight Loss Bitch xxx

  

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