So the day of my horsey driving finally arrived! After a two hour round trip to drop my other half off for his sea kayaking – I was back at the stables and raring to go!
First of all though – the stags and deer were out in force this morning. I got within ten metres of a huge stag who had just been down from the hills for a morning drink! Then I saw two more great big ones with their herds…so beautiful. Unfortunately there is deer stalking in progress, so I had a quick chat with the stag and told them all to go and hide!
The people who own the land don’t like stalking, so allow the neighbouring land owners to stalk on their land to cull the quota that they have been advised to remove. The thought of it is alien to me – but the old and infirm have no natural predators out here and if allowed to continue to breed, they weaken the herd which threatens them all. So I can understand, but don’t like it all the same. And this is how the owners here feel too…so they ignore the £1000′s that people pay to come and do this and let the neighbours take care of it instead. I did chuckle to see a couple of stalkers out scanning the land, only to round the corner and see a herd on the hillside hiding away…I was very tempted to beep my horn and scare them all into the hills!
As a country girl though, I do ‘get’ the need for land and wildlife management…as I said though, understanding and agreement are separate things in this case for me.
Sea kayaking underway, I headed into Fort William for a bit of fuel before getting back to the stables in time to catch my Mum finishing her final lesson of the week. I think she too would quite happily stay up here for good if she could!
There was an hour to kill before my driving – as a young lad was having his lesson – but then it was my turn! A new pony had arrived for some schooling who happened to drive, so we decided that ‘Fudge’ could take us out today. Fudge looks as if she has eaten lots of fudge, the poor girl – I empathise – so it was straight into work with her pulling me along the lanes! A gorgeous palamino section A – she loved her work but was a bit tired by the end of our ride (I am not surprised…poor thing having to lug me around!) as she too is carrying excess weight…she is at her own version of bootcamp! And then there is Bramble – a gorgeous chestnut Shetland mare – who my Mum and Iona took for a jaunt along the lane.
The perspective was so different from the back of a cart…you tend to drive past and notice some of it, but trotting along gives a whole new view – it was absolutely amazing. I would say that it has been my favourite day of the holiday…but also our last day! And the lovely lady who runs the riding school wouldn’t take any money off me at all – she said it was her present to me; they are seriously nice people!
We also chatted about my Weight Loss Bitch plans – my coaching and my hopes to help other people…and she was keen to get involved. You might see wellness retreats up the wilds of Scotland coming soon!
As for the rest of the day, Mum and I spent some time together nattering and packing, and then I headed off to pick my other half up. I went along the back road…it took me over an hour to get there due a stubborn herd of cows just meandering along the road! Once he was in the car, I heard nothing but sea kayaking stories! Bless him – he loved it and I am really excited to think that he might have found a hobby other than gadgets. Unfortunately, we are a little land-locked where we live…but there are lakes and canals…so I am sure that we could sort something out.
He wouldn’t have the joy of seals bobbing up alongside him though, and nor would he have views of islands like this…
We then popped back into Fort William for some travelling supplies and fuel. It was a gorgeous evening and a lovely journey back to the cottage…one that was sad to make as it would be the last time in a while! On the way back we spotted a stag with his wifey and child…
Anyway – enough of that…back to reality tomorrow. Freddie Freelander is packed and pretty much ready to go…and I reckon he might enjoy some smoother roads for a while!
Another good food day – all on plan. Just fruit for breakfast, with some chicken tikka for lunch, and leftover chicken stew for dinner. Weigh in is looming on Tuesday and I am keen to find out how I have done – there will be big smiles if it’s good news and tantrums if not!
Exercise: A bit of mooching at the stables.
Thank you for reading…and pleased be warned that holiday blues blog post are looming! ;-
Weight Loss Bitch xxx