Autumn came with a suddenness that we haven't seen for a while. Past Septembers have been more Indian than an early launch into late wet autumnal weather. Certainly up & down the east coast, the seasonal weather has been, well unseasonal to put it mildly, oh sorry about that! I do really hope that winter in not going to be a repeat of last year's. Snow & cold are fine if you are in the Alps & skiing but when you are having to work and rely on the public it is not so good.
So then, lets get on with the blog. As you may know, we have bought ourselves a motor home, couldn't afford the holiday cottage purchase on the North York Moors so plumped for a movable alternative. In previous Septembers we have flown south heading to the greenness of Corfu, this year we headed north, north to Scotland.
I haven't really been to Scotland before despite having an ancestor marrying a Scottish lady, Miss C MacDonald, in the 1820s. Yer, wasn't too bad you know. Yes it was very wet, the wind howled, the scenery when emerging from the mists was spectacular, the oysters from Kishorn were to die for, the tourist honey pots of tartan & shortcake were, well, not really my cup of tea.
I enjoyed the historic aspects, the harsh northern coast line, the painfully narrow roads that were blissfully empty, was that due to the weather? Then there were the coach loads of Grannies............. Best bits? Thanks to rain, couldn't explore the Culloden battle field site, but l think the vast emptiness of the Western Highlands was pure tranquility. I really can do isolation, just me & the landscape.
We have been away since coming back, nipping down to Devon to have a look at some wind turbines cited on a dairy farm somewhere at the back end of beyond down a myriad of country lanes. We have also, no Farmer, has some good ideas how to improve the CL site for motorhomes next year. Amazing as to how many motorhomes we have had stop here during the summer, Haz thinks it is something to do with being over a certain age, elderly nomads?
Half term is now almost upon us, Christmas seems to be coming at all local garden centers and l have surcombed to the fist of the sniffles and sneezes, great. We are already starting to think about next year, e have erected an anemometer to record wind speed, its standing in the Hill Top field & already accepted by te local birds population who seem to see it as a rather good 'tree' on which to roost.
The CL site is more or less closed for the winter, Caravans & motor homes can park at the end of the car park. Next year we have made the decision to become an Adults Only site, a move widely supported by our regular visitors. I guess it's just how things are moving forward now. Footballs and sat dishes don't really go very well.
The dogs are scratching & howling at the back door, they aren't supposed to come into the house you see . Gordon & Lucy-Piglet need to go and chase more wildlife; they have been ratting this afternoon with Haz; L-P proved to be pretty good despite being a labrador, Gordon, well, not so good a bit like Anne Widdicombe on Strictly, tried hard but showed no real ability!