We were away for the week last week. On holiday in a caring role for DS1 so we were ok to go despite the fact central Scotland is on a lockdown. Latest info was if you had plans keep them just don't make new ones.
The weather was nice and the rest of the week was not suppose to be. So we had a trip out in the car to do some sight seeing. Ended up seeing various different places and picked up a couple of caches.
A rather dull wet day. Dug a jigsaw out of the cupboard and started it while listening to my audio book. It cleared up a bit in the afternoon so took the dog up to a local Forestry walk and picked up a few caches. The scenery is stunning in all its autumn glory, and the views amazing.
Another dreary morning but I went and did 15 miles on the bike in the morning, home for lunch and out with the dog. Just stayed local and went down to a park and a bit of boggy beach. Spotted this piece of history, The Alexandra Bridge which when it was built in 1902 to take people across the firth to a sandy beach with dunes, but now the water levels are much higher and the dunes are long gone.
A nicer morning so we headed in a different direction. DS1 says he has never been this way up the coast so we went to Inver and did a few miles on the beach there. Then onto Portmahomack and looked at some of the sights and had another walk and then went and bought stuff in the local shops to add to their economy before finally heading to Tarbet Ness lighthouse and walking along the cliffs there as well.
A 14 mile cycle in the morning, found an underpass (so saves having to go over the A9) but not heading for anywhere in particular. Found a few nice old churches that I went for a wander round the graveyard. A different wooded walk with some more caches found in the afternoon.
Went out on the bike again in the morning, staying fairly local in a big loop to pick up some caches, just over 11 miles.
Back to the same wooded walk as yesterday as the rain is not far away.
Back down the road for us today. A long drive but made slightly easier as it is one long straight road, over 100 miles being the A9 so hubby drove some of the mileage both up and down the road.
Some snow on the hill tops as we passed Glencoe.
We stopped at Dunkeld, I live there for twelve weeks back in 1973 when we came back from Berlin while we waited on a house becoming available at RAF Machrihanish. The house is still there at the top of a long steep hill but no longer RAF houses.
With a few stops and a half hour delay due to the police closing a road in front of us while a large load came through a narrow stretch it took us seven hours to get home.
DD1 phoned to see if I wanted to go for a walk down to the fishery with her and the children, so happily I went. Don't get many weekends off when I can go out with them. We had lots of fun and they are such a lovely lively bunch. Two came back with squelching feet and muddy to their armpits so got thrown in the shower.
Was awake early so got up and did some blogging comments.
Had some out of date bread and veg from the supermarket yesterday so prep and froze the veg, used some to make soup with and then turned some of the bread into bread crumbs for the freezer.
Nipped into town to pick up a prescription for hubby and walked the dog while we were there.
Home for soup and crusty bread for tea.
Trying to finish off a crochet item, takes me so long to crochet but could not find a knitting pattern for it so plodding on with it.
A walk round the park with the dog after dark so she got on her light up collar so we can see her.
We had ordered some new windows a few months back but heard nothing from the company we paid a deposit to. So having gone through trading standards we eventually got that deposit back. Judging by the conversation with Trading Standards we got off lucky.
I must be in a grumpy mood as I bought a few bras over the internet. Can't try them on in the shops at the moment and these were more like sports bra's that fit more than one size. Sadly nothing like their description and two of them were just flimsy bits of shapeless material. So offered to return them for a refund. Company did not want them returning said I could give them to somebody that needs them but no offer of a refund. They then offered me $5 credit for something that costs more than £40 for the four of them. So I opened a paypal dispute to get my money back. Now offering me money back if I close the dispute.....told them I will close the dispute ONCE they have refunded my money.
A few bits in the house and went out for a cycle after lunch. A shortish ride, 8.5 miles but am currently trying to work out a few 5-10 mile routes round the village just for quick jaunts out. Wary of the slippy leaves at this time of year.
Clocked up 500 miles on my bike today
A slow start to the day. DD1 has dropped off some wrapped stuff as she has nowhere to store it. Especially with three birthdays next month as well. Washed all my floors and cleaned downstairs while hubby did upstairs.
Finished off my crochet project and got wadding and material out the loft to wad and quilt my cross stitch project I have finished stitching.
This sign made me smile
A walk round somewhere different with the dog, then home to spend some time in the kitchen. Made a quiche type pie using bread rolled out and then spread with margarine and layered in the bottom to make the pastry. Made a few cakes as well so cake and custard for supper.
A lovely lady that I talk to on social media was given masses of wool from a house that was cleared out. so she sent me some along with this card and a lovely message inside. There were three balls of the brushed chunky but one is currently being knitted with.