|Just off Skye - Skye Bridge in the background|
|Blue skies over the Highlands|
|Peebles rooftops from my overnight stop|
I am now in Torquay, and have been here several days, following a most enjoyable visit with Sara and Rod. The weather in Southampton was unusually warm and sunny, so we were able to enjoy a walk through Hamble Country Park woodland to a path beside the River Hamble which led us to an excellent pub lunch in Warsash.
|Sara, Rod and Lucy-the-pooch|
|Can this really be October???|
|Dramatic sky over Teignmouth|
|I enjoyed a long walk along the sea wall|
|The autumn sunset view from Val's balcony|
From Torquay, I had a short drive to my sister's home on the edge of Dartmoor to spend a short time visiting her and her beautiful dog, Sprout. (Yes - 'Sprout' is his name. No idea why). Sprout is only 18 months old, and absolutely as adorable as any young retriever can be. I have the paw-prints on my chest to prove this.
|Puss is amused to observe a dog-training session|
|Sister Sue and Sprout|
My last day was a shorter trip on near-deserted motorway from Carlisle to Glasgow, followed by the scenic twisty-bit via Sterling, Callander and Fort William to Skye. Unfortunately, the skies were grey, so the autumn colour was not as spectacular as I know it can be. There were still a number of tourists about, but Puss can dispatch a lumbering camper van pretty quickly!
According to the trip computer, my trip statistics are: Total distance: 1685 miles. Average speed 51mph. Average fuel consumption, 30.8mpg.
|A pause by Loch Oich|