Well here I am again, having been silent for several weeks after updating the blog on my photo website I have decided that maybe there is a place for this blog as well as more of a diary.
We set off for Scotland on May 2nd and it rained all the way to our overnight stop near Carlisle. It rained all night and was still at it next morning when we set off for Onich on the West coast of Scotland. It rained all the way and alongside Loch Lomond the road was flooded by the many waterfalls pouring off the mountains and across the road. A narrow road at the best of times it made for interesting driving! The Caravan Club site at Onich was a welcome sight when we arrived, Club sites are all well run, clean and tidy and most have excellent facilities. We had booked to stay three nights before moving on to The Isle of Skye for just over a week.
May 4th, Georgina’s birthday, (which I had not prepared for – black mark) was better and we hoped we were turning the corner weather wise. We toured Loch Linnie, the Ben Nevis region and the Glenfinnan monument before heading back to Corpach basin at the Fort William end of the Caledonian canal and back to base and I managed a few reasonable shots ronded off with lovely evening light across the loch at the camp site.
May 5th is my birthday it was wet again and rained all day. The only photos that day were of some large yellow flowers growing in a damp area near Oban. They turned out to be Skunk Cabbage.
The journey to Skye on May 6th was mostly wet and windy and when we arrived, after crossing the Skye bridge, the weather forecast was for such high winds the site owners strapped the caravan down to some large concrete ground anchors in case we got blown over! The site was the poorest we have ever been on and with the weather forecast being for continuing bad weather for another week we decided the next day not only to leave the site but Skye as well and head further south in search of some better weather.
Te wet weather continued on the 7th but by the next day we were at Killin and the weather picked up and stayed with us for two days
but by 10th it rained so heavily all day that we went out only to allow the dog to do the necessary. The next day it was still raining and whilst we had intended to move south to the Lake District to get better weather we found that the rain was predicted to move into Cumbria as well and we decided to give it all best and head home which meant a drive of 370 miles, a long journey in very windy weather with a caravan on the back.
For the last year or so we have been fairly lucky with the weather when we have travelled away from home so I suppose this was the price to be paid at one time or another. As it is I am looking forward to getting back to Norfolk soon.