Well I made a right mess of my blogs yesterday and released 2 instead of one 🙄 the mini adventure was suppose to start today to give me time to write each day, but hey ho….best laid plans 🥴
I’d had a sleep wake sleep wake kinda night in the hotel, which I hadn’t had for ages, but not surprising in a strange unfamiliar room….
I checked the state of the flight and it was still showing as delayed but no more than yesterday🙄
I went through my normal routine of all my games and felt my head was clearer today. The fuzz and banging almost clear…
I’m so glad I caught the airport bus. It was a lovely blue sky day so I sat upstairs marvelling at Edinburgh.
It took 30 mins to get there so I was in plenty of time. I think I said yesterday that I hadn’t been able to book assisted travel as you had to use the phone. Because it was last minute neither of my daughters were around to help me. However, the woman at the check in desk was super helpful as the queues were large and I didn’t have a clue if I was in the right one 🙈….but I was. She asked me if I’d booked assistance and I explained the problem.
“Just point me in the right direction” I said
And she did. As I got to the top of the escalator, ‘Be prepared for security “ sign came into view……😳….Crikey, I’d forgotten all about that 🥴….so I stood reading the signs, emptying my medication into a bag and got everything to hand I thought I might have to have …..
I just followed a family in front of me as it began to look very confusing, with lots of lanes. I must have been looking totally lost as a woman came over and asked if I needed help – perfect….⭐️…I wasn’t rushed, they were calm and helpful even though the queue was building. As I walked through the scanner…..yup….the alarm sounded 🤣…..what had I forgotten? Turned out just to be the metal on my lanyard, but again people were smiley and friendly.
Once out of there, a Sign said:
“Now you can relax”
Which made me chuckle..😂….as I did just that along with everyone else 🤣
Why is it we feel guilty when we’ve nothing to be guilty about 🤣
My main priority was a cuppa tea. So many shops, I saw the familiar blue sign of Neros, not that I’ve been there for years but there’s something about their sign that looks welcoming. Cuppa tea in hand I sat myself down in fron of a departure board. The sign might be friendly but the tea certainly wasn’t Yorkshire 🤮
I was like a child watching the planes come and go
I wanted to get my camera out but wasn’t sure of the rules….no one else seemed to be as a cited as me 🤣
As the minutes ticked down the gate was finally announced. We sat and we sat with no sign of movement and ended up leaving even later; it must have been after midday as we boarded.
Again, the people were lovely. The stewardess came down and got my case from me. Someone was in my seat but since the flight was only a quarter full, it made no difference and I just sat in a different seat. Within no time we were off
Take off was very smooth and I was at the right side to see the bridges, whose names I can’t remember 🙄
I just love being up in the clouds. Speed almost becomes non existent as we fly. It’s as if we’re floating in the clouds.
The flight only took 30 odd minutes and the same stewardess helped me down with my case and there was the lovely smiley face of Philly waiting for me.
The air smelt so clean and fresh, I was just happy to be there. We went the scenic way home stopping first at the harbour wall. Philly showed me a monument to soldiers who’d been off fighting somewhere but when their ship was 2 miles from home it sank and all lives were lost. The wooden posts, one each for each victim of the tragedy were cut from trees in the castle grounds and form the shape of a ship which is lit up at night…😍
It was such a simple monument yet deeply moving when you read the story behind it…
Next stop was Calanais – the Isle of Lewis version of Stonehenge ….I’d purposely not looked at my photos from last time as I wanted to relive every moment again. This was one place like that, visited before but as though for the first time each time ❤️. The first time we got out of the car the heavens opened and we got a real soaking, it was soooo funny
We went back to the car, had a cuppa and a snack and went back out as it stopped.
Just stunning scenery all round…
Back to the car again for homeward bound…but we kept doing a detour as something else caught our eye…
We came across a “Sheiling”….women used to take their cattle and children in the summer and stay in these tiny stone buildings with everything you needed in one room.
It was also the women’s excuse to get away from their husbands 🤣…love it….it looked so cosy!
In the field next to it were some friendly Highland Cows….which had such thick coats
A few miles further and Philly pulled into a small car park which had the only coach we’d seen parked in it….a lovely Scottish driver hopped out and told us he was rounding up his tourists so we could have the place to ourselves 🤣…..
A 10 minute walk away and we came to the Shawbost Norse Mill and kiln. A renovated Viking mill and kiln that used to ground barley and oats and make the odd illegal bottle of whiskey,,,
The thatch roof was so simply laid and held down with stones and mesh, so clever….
I’ve probably got the order of all these detours wrong as my camera locked halfway on the journey home to Ness so my phone had to come out, but when they then load onto my ipad they come out in a random order 😳. I used my photos to tell me what I’ve done 🥴
Anyway….a last detour was to a lovely windswept bay. The weather had behaved with squally showers followed by blue skies….
We went down to the beach to feel the full effect of the strong winds
It was amazing…
So wild, so untamed so rugged…..
This was all on the way home from the airport simply because it was a shame not to make the most of the weather …..
We got home, both tired but happy from the day we’d had. However, after supper , I noticed how lovely the sky looked and went outside to take a final shot
But then Philly suggested we have one last drive down to the headland, only a few minutes away, so we seized the moment with the weather behaving and I was able to take my last, very last …shot of the day…promise…
For day 2 I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until Monday……🙄