On Wednesday we packed our sleeping bags and a bag full of food and drove up North towards and past Inverary. I have a friend whose family owns a small cottage. She has invited us many times over the years but we never managed to go. It wasn't a long drive, along Loch Lomond, then crossing over to Loch Long, from there over the rest and be thankful pass towards Loch Fyne. We arrived just after lunch and stayed just until after lunch the next day. We were not terribly active, a bit of frisbee throwing, a few strolls to the beach, chatting and knitting, reading and eating. It was lovely. I was really grateful that we were allowed to spend a day in such a beautiful location. It was very relaxing, apart from the midges. Luckily it was windy, sunny and dry, a combination that is detrimental to those fierce predators. There often are clouds of midges at this time of year. I don't react much to midge bites but James is covered in painful itchy lumps 20 times the size of the actual midge.
On our way back we stopped in Inverary for a short stroll and a visit to the sweet shop, which is pretty much the most exiting part of town. Later we stopped at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and bought some local oysters to bring home. Richard loves those things.
And now it is time to let the pictures do the talking.
We are now back in Glasgow, preparing for a very important day tomorrow: James is turning eight! Two cakes are made (competing siblings), presents are are wrapped and the little boy is washed and in bed, ready to wake up before dawn.
What are your plans for the weekend?
Whatever it may be, I hope it does not involve too many boring chores.