Kirkwall shopping day tomorrow. A big event in these here parts. Mr L is reluctant to take time off from work at present, and he is as reluctant to shop on Saturday when the homeward journey takes over three hours, so I am going without him. I am not managing to be brave enough to go it alone with the car though. I may have gained sufficient nerve to drive it around the island (more or less) but the thought of going into town and tackling roundabouts and car parks? No way! SpinningGill is coming with me and she is going to drive the car. She will have my eternal gratitude for that. I feel such a wimp but, truly, I can’t do it.

It’s not too long a day in the Winter, really. The morning boat leaves at 09:15 and the homeward boat at 15:20 gets us back to Loth 16:45. We’ll get around 4 hours in town. It can be quite a rush – especially with 6 to 8 weeks’ worth of shopping to get! Tomorrow however, I shall be buying less as we shall lack the muscle power to hump all that shopping about. Buying less should take less time… we shall see.

We are to be blessed with calm seas tomorrow, with the sea state projected to be Slight, with a 1 metre swell. Most of Scotland seems to be due some snow tomorrow but it looks as though Orkney will escape that so, all in all, it looks to be a good day for the trip.

We shall not be alone! It turns out that a goodly portion of our spinning group is heading to Kirkwall tomorrow. There will be much knitting of socks I think!

My Spiraluscious Mitt is challenging me slightly. I think that perhaps it is not the ideal boat project, given the likelihood of spinning chatter. In fact, I appear to have nothing suitable for the boat on hand at all. If I can find some DPNs free, I’ll start some new plain socks.

In fact, I shall go and hunt some out right now.

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Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020