Thursday 9 February 2023


My apologies this blog post has been a long time coming!
I just cannot believe where the months have gone and appreciate 
in the meantime that past readers might well be wondering
if this would ever get off the ground again!
Well it has and it's going to continue :) 
I believe that Richard would have wanted it to be so
-  as life on Skye continues for the lovely Cupar and myself!

It's been both a very difficult and anxious time but there have been 
some relaxing interludes with special friends as well as my lovely sister Helen.
She and I spent several days together back in the summer 
over at The Old Bakery in Strathpeffer.... 
Most days saw us out for a walk even if it was an amble down 
the beautiful streets in the village....

Above Big Sis with Cupar by the Pavilion.
Below a view of the village shops with the The Highland Hotel looming in the background!
This dates back to 1896 and was used during the First World War 
for wounded Servicemen.

.... and how could we NOT resist the temptations of a 
cream tea down at the Railway Cafe!
The tea and scones with homemade strawberry jam were just amazing!

We also had a stroll down towards the grounds of Castle Leod shown above.
This magnificent building has been the seat of Clan Mackenzie for 
the last 500 years and is definitely worth a visit!

Finally, below is a photograph looking towards Knockfarrel - 
a picturesque Iron Age Hill Fort close to the town of Dingwall.
Richard and I climbed up it twice;  
once back in 2006 whilst staying down the road at Rose Cottage 
about two miles away from Strathpeffer and then again c.2020 
accommpanied by our energetic pooch, Cupar!

There are magnificent views from the top I can assure you.
It's well worth the climb!   :)