Thursday, June 14, 2012

day off with moira

I’ve been extremely fortunate with fine weather on my days off work. The five-day weather forecast (with Moira joining me on the island this week) hadn’t seemed particularly good – although, thankfully, mainly dry. In the event, we’ve had another good week and, yesterday, it was absolutely beautiful… and perfect walking weather. Moira had been troubled with a bad knee and so, very reluctantly, had decided against going on the “all terrain” 7-mile pilgrimage of the previous day and had opted for the “on road” 3-mile version (which apparently proved to be really enjoyable – and led by my lovely “boss” Fiona). Yesterday, she felt fit enough to opt for a walk to St Columba’s Bay at the south end of the island and we enjoyed a really beautiful walk - via the white sands and the blue-turquoise seas of the Machair – and a picnic lunch at St Columba’s Bay (watching oyster catchers at close quarters, walking the stone labyrinth on the beach and being mesmerized by all the beautiful beach stones!).
We had afternoon tea (and shared a scone, as you do!) in the lovely Heritage Centre Café garden before going on a guided tour of the Abbey (something I’d been meaning to do for ages!) and then, after supper and the short evening service, walked to the North End to watch the sun going down.
A really lovely day… and great to have shared it together.
Photo: Moira… on the last leg of our walk to St Columba’s Bay.

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