"Across the Loch" Views across Loch Sunart

One of the gorgeous paintings resulting from Barry Herniman's recent visit to the beautiful island of Carna.

Barry is a well known watercolourist and tutor travelling all over the world teaching groups. We're so lucky to be having him come to run a course for us later this month.
To read Barry's blog about his visit to the island "click here" I'm looking forward to sharing the report of the weeks highs...... and lows with you.

One of our personal lows this week is the passing of our wee dog "Spider" most people who have visited us, either staying or going out on a boat trip or hiring a boat will have come across Spider. He was 16yrs old and getting pretty frail but a big miss in our house. Spider was rescued from a working kennel in the Lake District as he refused to do anything he was asked - he never changed! but he loved a cuddle and was a wee character.
spider and andy

Last night we sat at home having a cuppa and "watching" the loch, we saw porpoises feeding, a group of about 4 circled around for about 15 minutes and then not much later as dusk was falling we watched 2 otters on the pontoon. They were in and out of the water without a splash for at least half an hour. Wonderful to be privy to this other world of wild creatures. I didn't get any photo's so this is "one we took earlier" of an otter on the pontoon on Carna.
otter on pontoon
"Laurenca" has almost completed her overhaul. The engine has been out, gear box and stern gland changed, lots of unseen work going on. Andy and Barnaby have been working really hard, thank goodness we've now got another pair of hands and James is back working with us again. Wecome back James!

We've had a real mixture of weather over the last week, this morning is a morning of sun and showers but earlier this week we had a stunning rainbow with the pot of gold definitely somewhere near here!
rainbow Laga Bay