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Menootanabootagain - the Northern Explorer

On the Thursday, Mac1 and I piled into Little Ren and set off on a full-day outing. Some 90 minutes drive South and then East to the pretty town of Nairn, where we were to rendezvous with Bertie Boffin and his Gail!, Such was our timing, we were within ten minutes of each other and barely 50 yards apart in parking. What a joy to meet up with them again. We explored the long beach, then back by the promenade to have lunch at the restaurant in the caravan park.

Bertie had a great time meeting little Mabel, who could run, and run...and run...

At the far end of the beach, we furless ones had our own fun...

After a lengthy lunch (the order got lost in the system - but there was a round of free drinks to com- pensate... and when it came the food was excellent), we wandered up into the town's main street for a wee 'gander'... and we happened upon an amazing mural

It was all hand-made by one of the members of the amateur theatre group, using all sorts of broken china, glass and other found items. There is so much to see in this wonderful piece it kept us enthralled for a good fifteen minutes! It is a work of art and Mac1 enquired inside as to our photographing, with which they had no problem... and surprisingly they had no postcards of it. They're missing a trick!

Mac1 and I then drove the long-route back to Skelbo, hoping to catch the Nigg ferry - but we missed it quite literally by two minutes, which meant coming back round the other side of the Black Isle and across the Cromarty bridge anyway ... never mind; it was a most scenic and pleasant drive; and I got to see some industrial stuff. Me likes industrial stuff...


  1. Hello, looks like a fun outing with the pups! Pretty scenery! Have a great day and week ahead!

  2. Gail and I had such a splendid time in Nairn, meeting up with you and the lovely Mac1. Gail says all those drilling rigs parked ('stacked' in the industry jargon) in the Cromarty Firth in summertime betoken continued lean times in the North Sea oil business.
    Toodle pip!

  3. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH what fun fun fun!! Bertie and Mabel wore each other out I bet. YaYa look at you go to town on that walkie thing.
    What a lovely lovey day you had with Mac1 and Gail
    Hugs HiC

  4. Photos are great and I like the adult exersise items, never seen anything like that before.
    Coffee is on

  5. What a fun outing and the best thing ever to meet up with Bertie and Gail! We think we will meet them in the furs in the near future!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. Looks like everyone got their exercise. So nice that you got to meet Bertie again.

  7. Always a joy to meet with friends.

  8. We loved sharing in your adventure and smiled to see Bertie again. Friends are wonderful.

  9. What a fun meet up!
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. what a fabulous day you had together! must laugh as I saw berties smile while you had fun with the sporty stuff ;O)

  11. That mural looks absolutely amazing. I love those little birdies. How ingenious!

    You look quite at home at that adult swing. Like you've been doing that for years...

    Mara from Norway

  12. How WONDERFUL to get to meet in the furs!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  13. What a grand time you all had! The mosaic is fabulous.

    1. Hari OM
      Thanks SJ - yes, one of the great joys that have come about by this menopausal madness of taking up blogging is a whole new network of pals - and getting to meet them 'in the furs'!!! Yxx

  14. That is a delightful trip! I enjoyed it!
    The kids made it to see a castle, I think I said, but the 12-hour train to see Loch Ness wasn't there in time for the tour. They were so disappointed. They got in a free trip to Loch Lomond, instead. sigh.
    cheerio! xx

  15. Yam, I've found you again, and you knew my song on the 4th of July...thank you! That mural was the bomb! You look good!


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