Tuesday 13 October – Keeping Ahead of the Rain
The weather forecast for today was distinctly forgettable. For the past few days I had watched charts predicting rain, so it was with some relief that we sat looking out the dining room window of The Old Smiddy at Laide thinking “It doesn’t look too bad, does it?”
Low cloud obscured the hoped for breakfast-time view of An Teallach, but with a bit of luck we would still manage a couple of hours walking in the dry. Scenic options limited by the cloud cover we shunned high ground and took The Fatdog to the beach.
To say FD was excited was putting it mildly. She virtually bounced along the boardwalk from the public car park at Gairloch Golf Club through the short length of dune and onto the sand. She scampered backwards in front of us, a toddler demanding her bucket and spade. Sadly the absence of opposable thumbs ruled out the bucket and spade option for FD, so instead her ball was launched in the general direction of waves. The Fatdog thundered along the firm sand chasing her toy towards the water.
We strolled along the beach then crossed the An Dun headland to the little harbour at Charlestown beyond.
Here are a few autumn shots of our walk.
Later we took a drive past Altbea to Mellon Charles and had coffee and cake at the perfume shop. As we sat happily munching scone and cake the rain, thankfully absent for our walk, eventually arrived. Rather good timing I thought…but definitely no more walking today. Other than a quick stop at the World War II Story Boards near Altbea it was a hasty retreat back to the warmth of our very comfy sofa at The Old Smiddy.
Down came the rain…and out came the books and chocolate.