Friend!

We had another visitor! Strange how exciting it is to see other people these days! Tom’s friend Chris came to stay on Monday night and left this afternoon. The boys went cycling on Tuesday and I went bmxing off road. And didn’t fall off!
Last night we made the most of the inn being open and played pool and got merry before a whisky nightcap by the fire.
Apart from that we’re working hard, looking forward to some time off in December after this weekend’s christmas party 🙂
The land rover is finally having a service and the christmas decs are being dusted off ready for decorating! Woop!

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Snow at sea level

Last night it started snowing heavily on our way back from Inverness, huge flakes!
We got back to Torridon and it started to settle. Woke up today to this!

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Yay! Winter has arrived!

Girls in Glasgow

Wednesday morning, us girls got a lift to Inverness and got the bus to Glasgow for three days of freedom!
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We arrived about 3pm, dumped the bags and went out for a quick shop and some pizza at biere halle before heading back to get ready for a night on the tiles!
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All glammed up we headed straight for Tingle shot bar to get started. From there to revs, to bamboo. Then maccy d’s and bed by 2am.
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Next morning, I was up and out by 11am off to do my christmas shopping. I ended up Indulging myself in costa coffee and convienience food and spent my shopping money on mainly myself! Oops. Rode the subway, admired the christmas decs around the city centre and wandered round Kelvingrove museum. Noodles for tea then we went to see Kodaline at the o2 arena. They were awesome!
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Wandered back through the city lights and in bed by midnight ready for travelling the next day.
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Sad to be leaving Glasgow today, it’s a really good city as far as cities go! Oh well, back to the peace and quiet of Torridon as I type. It’s been a good few days! Bye bye Glasgow!

It’s getting closer

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The snow had descended further this morning. It’s feeling really wintery and getting dark about half four now too. Winter climbing season is nearly upon us and Tom is starting early, heading to the Cairngorms with Jim tomorrow. Crampons fitted to boots and his rucksack packed ready for the early start. I’ll be spring cleaning the hotel but looking forward to a girly two days in Glasgow on Wednesday 🙂
Best get to bed! Goodnight.

Salty Sea Dogs

Jonny arrived on Sunday night to spend the next three days brushing up our sea kayaking skills and getting Tom through his 3 star award.
We woke up Monday morning to beautiful calm sea and snow on the mountains.
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We met Ryan and Kyle at work and made a plan to launch from Diabaig and paddle to Craig bothy for lunch.
We got to Craig and Ryan landed on the beach like a pro. My first attempt was less successful but second time lucky. A short break in the bothy then back to the boats.
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Back to Diabaig for some edging skills practice then off the water and back for tea via the veiwpoint.
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Day Two, worse weather. We paddled from Shieldaig to Kenmore and back again, roughly 15km. It was Kyle’s last proper night here so I cooked a Chilli and we had a last supper. We went to Shieldaig pub and met a few more people then had a whisky night cap back at home. Then finally, sleep!
Day three. Lovely day! Today we paddled from Shieldaig back to the hotel.
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An awesome three days that have got me wanting a sea kayak for future adventures! Thanks to Jonny for his expert coaching.

Seasons end

It’s official, the summer has left us. Although the weather has just started showing it, it’s been an amazing summer!
Well it’s now the start of our fifth full month of remote living and it’s been interesting to say the least. One thing we can say is that we don’t regret it! We’re finally use to driving to the east coast for the supermarket, and walking 2miles when we need some milk. Our wood pile looks cracking, our jobs are going great and the cat is happy in retirement in the country.
The hotel is a lot quieter now, with more staff leaving everyday it’s sad to see people go! The true population of Torridon will soon be known! Looking forward to a week off in December and all of January to explore and play. I just need my new toys now. On the wishlist is mountain bike, kayak and chainsaw!
Cannot wait for christmas now too! I can start getting excited! Looking forward to converting the cottage into a miniture grotto, complete with tinsel covered cat!
So, roll on christmas!! I don’t have any relevant photos but a post feels naked without one so I’ll leave you with this beauty from this season’s Torridon newsletter! (Sorry Tom!)

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