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27Dec

My morning started at 3.30am…which was quite late actually, as I woke at 12.30am and thought that was as good a time as any to get up, but didn’t think that Mr WLB would feel the same way! :-)

We woke, got ready, packed the last few bags and the dog, and headed off…to Asda petrol station as my Dad wanted me to check that my tyre pressure was okay…bless him and his concern! It was then time to hit the motorway network…on the day that more storms were predicted…brave move!

We were shunted all over the place by the wind, had horizontal rain, hail storms, some thunder and lightening, and lots of aqua planing on standing water. All of this was experienced in the dark, which made it feel worse somehow. I gave most HGVs a wide berth as the spray off them was crazy, as was the snaking of their trailers…so I was an outside lane driver for the most part, and stuck in the middle if their was no other vehicles around as the wind was blowing me from middle to inside and from middle to outside at times!

Luckily, we made it in one piece. The snow appeared after Perth, and got deeper and deeper…poor Freddie was up to his bonnet in snow at one point!

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20131227-172556.jpgWe passed four snow ploughs that I counted heading back down the A9 and it seems that they did a great job of keeping the roads clear. Freddie might have been up to his bonnet at the sides of the roads, but the roads themselves were pretty clear, just loads of water to drive through!

Arriving in Aviemore before midday meant that we could head up the road to the Cairngorm range, check out some shops, go for a walk on the beach, have a lovely Italian lunch, and head to my most favourite smokery ever for fish and smoked meat. We even made it to Tomintoul today…but I started flagging and we headed off to the village we are staying over in tonight. The gorgeous craft shop across the road from the hotel was open…but I managed to resist this time. I think my last holiday spending spree will see me through for a while. I did however speak to the owner who is going to undertake a commission for me and create ‘something’ based on my horsey herd. It could be a carving, a ceramic piece, or even a painting…I have left the choice to them! :-)

So that’s it really for today – just lots of driving…and lots of eating. Oh, and Mr WLB made a lovely comment about spending some alone time with me…our last few holidays have always been with other people – which we absolutely love – but it will be interesting to see if we survive the week, especially considering that we have plans of moving up here! I actually think that the people we holiday with give Mr WLB a break, as I can be a little hardcore at times with my attitude! :-)

Breakfast: Fruit and two steak and cheese rolls (HEA and 2 x HEB).

20131227-170057.jpgLunch: Various Italian salad, bean, rice, couscous and pasta dishes!

20131227-171703.jpgDinner: Fruit salad and poached salmon.

20131227-170236.jpgMy breakfast was eaten in a gale at Gretna Green services…and was homemade by me. I made my steak and cheese rolls with salad leaves, gherkins and cherry tomatoes…quite tasty at 6.30am! Lunch was from the Italian place in Aviemore. I avoided the pizza buffet and the cooked pasta – as all of them were made with cream and cheese and olive oil, and most had pepperoni or something in too. The cold salad option looked best, even though I could taste the olive oil…but it was the best option for me, and bloody tasty too. Probably far more than my 15 syns, but it isn’t everyday we eat there…although I might make a detour tomorrow too! ;-) Dinner was some poached salmon from the smokehouse with some fruit…I was still stuffed from lunch and didn’t want much…so it was just a bedroom picnic for me.

Exercise: Gripping the steering wheel counts doesn’t it?! ;-) A few leg stretching strolls and a brief walk along the beach with the dog!

Thank you for reading,

Weight Loss Bitch xxx

  

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