As some of you will know we are creatures of habit and go each year to the same place on the Isle of Barra. It gives us a good sense of what it is like for those of you who come here every year - those questions and expectations popping into my thoughts before we get there?
Will we have a good crossing? (No, quite rough!)
Will anything have changed in the cottage? (New lights in the kitchen and sheepskins on the sofa)
Will they have started building the new house (right) next door? (No)
Will any of my favourite tin sheds have blown down? (Yes)
Will we hear the corncrake from the cottage as in previous years? (No, sadly - and we felt their continued absence keenly) (We did see a corncrake chick though which was very exciting)
What will the weather be like? (Terrible some of the time, fantastic some of the time).
Will it be the best holiday ever? (Yes, it always is).
Machair on N. Uist
Sunset over the neighbours rooves
A spare chair on Vatersay
Tide rushing in
Oystercatchers catching the light
House next door
Only the window display to show this is the Top Shop
Wheels of Stonecrop
In the oven
Dogs on a leash
The castle in the bay on our last evening