Almost all ‘incomers’ to Skye will have friends and family somewhere else in the
or in the world. As Skye is a long way from everywhere, it can be a bit of a
trek to keep in touch with everyone. But for us, it is an important part of our
life here. I know I’ve mentioned before that, three or four times a year, Sue
and I both make trips to the south of England to visit family and
friends. These days, Sue takes the train, while I prefer to drive. I bought my
fabulous Jaguar XK with the specific thought that it would be the ideal car for
my regular long road trips.
I am just recently returned from one of the most enjoyable visits south that I can recall. The weather and the traffic were on my side. I encountered a bit of snow on the way down, but the roads were OK. I didn’t meet a hold-up anywhere in 1,700 miles of driving. Puss, my Jaguar, is indeed purrfect for the journey, and the miles flash by. On my way back, for my overnight stop, I enjoyed one of the best B&Bs I have ever encountered. I’ve already booked to stay there again in June, when Sue and I will have a three-night mini-holiday there.
|Big comfy bedrooms at |
Wallamhill House B&B, Kirkton near Dumfries
|View over the garden from front bedroom|
Wallamhill B&B, Kirkton, near Dumfries.
Even better still, I was happy to catch up with my sister and brother-in-law, who are both turned 70, but remain fit and in good health. I was also delighted to meet again with my niece and nephew and their families, all of whom seem happy and enjoying life, with Jeremy, my niece’s husband, having some especially good news about a new role he is shortly to undertake in his work-life. Well done Jez!
During my trip, I was even able to meet up with a couple of Jaguar people and make a visit to the excellent
near Yeovil. Haynes Motor
|Puss makes friends at Haynes Motor Museum|
|Sara, Rod and Lucy-the-Pooch|
Peninsula Barracks, Winchester
For Sue and me, being able to regularly travel south to visit our family and friends is very important to our happiness here. But be sure – having been south for a visit, as we travel back into the Highlands, and see the hills of home ahead, we know for certain that we did the right thing by making our new life on the Isle of Skye.