My goodness are you lot in for a treat this week - two lots for the price of one! Yes, we've been on our summer holiday and as I decided to take a proper break from the blog, I'm including both week 34 and week 35, today.
By a stroke of luck, we managed to escape the most miserable week of the summer holidays (weather-wise), venturing into deepest, darkest Scotland. We spent just over a week on Tiree - a little-known island on the west coast of Scotland.
Tiree is a place where many of my childhood memories were made. Practically all of our summer holidays were spent on Tiree, as my dad's family were born and brought up on the island. They now own a holiday home on Tiree and mainly due to distance, we've not ventured there for 11 years!
So, without further ado, THIS is what we've been up to during week 34 of 2014 (and no, Reggie doesn't make any appearance!)....
Sunday - The day before we left for our epic journey, we spent a lovely afternoon with friends, celebrating their son's birthday and enjoying a barbecue together. The ever-faithful Twister had an airing.
Monday - After a 7 hour car journey, we arrived at our overnight location of Lanark, in the Scottish borders. We stayed in the New Lanark Mill and this was the view from our bedroom window.
Tuesday - Another 3 hour car journey to Oban and a 4 hour ferry crossing, brought us to the pier and our first sighting of Tiree. It's been a long time!
Wednesday - "This is the best beach I've ever seen!" were the words that came out of the boy's mouth as we took his football down to a deserted beach. Stunning white sands and a turquoise sea made it look like the Caribbean - if only the temperature wasn't 13 degrees!
Thursday - One of the things the kids wanted to do whilst here, was learn to surf. They had their first surfing lesson today and I think The Teenager has now got 'the bug'.
Friday - This stunning stretch of beach was just a 15 minute walk from the house. It was cold but the kids still cast off their shoes and enjoyed making footprints in the sand.
Saturday - Just one of the many beautiful sunsets we experienced on Tiree. This was the view from the sitting room window.
And on to Week 35....
Sunday - It was a lovely evening with very little wind so we decided to take the 5 minute stroll down to the cove, armed with firewood, chocolate and a bottle of wine. The Boy was in his element stoking the fire!
Monday - The OH and I had a lovely morning battling the elements on the one and only golf course. It was incredibly windy but look at the view from the 5th tee!
Tuesday - We took a little hike across fields to reach this secluded cove. It was really warm in the shelter, so much so that The Boy and The Tween were disappointed they hadn't taken their swimmers. The best bit? There was no one else there!
Wednesday - We left Tiree this morning and began our 15 hour hike back home. This is the view of Oban as the boat comes into the harbour. Another beautiful day.
Thursday - Back home and I'm so pleased that the sheep's skull made it back in one piece (detect the hint of sarcasm here?). We've got The Boy to thank for this!
Friday - The Boy and I went to work today and the girls were left at home, baking cakes with their friends. They were delicious! The trail of destruction left behind was definitely worth it.
Saturday - Coca Cola sent us their new Coca Cola Life drink to try out. We set up a taste test challenge. More on that later....
And if you've made it to the end, you really do deserve a medal! I can honestly say I was totally spoilt for choice with images to include over the last two weeks. If you're looking for a beautiful location to practice some photography, then Tiree is the place. I am certain that more photos will appear over the next week or so.