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Arran – the Foggening!

Yep, that’s a lovely way to begin your holiday, isn’t it?  Heading into what can only be described as the milky white unknown whilst walking your delightful, only slightly antsy terrier first thing on a Monday morning…

Still, at least it wasn’t snowing.

Yes, the weather on Arran is rarely a predictable thing and today was no exception – we woke today to a ominous curtain of fog making its way across the island seemingly from atop Goatfell itself and did a minor ‘gulp!’ at the idea that we would have to go outside and take Minnie for her morning constitutional.

Not to overstate things, but outside looked like a John Carpenter movie:

The unknown - it beckons!

Still, the biological imperatives of Miss Terrierdottir won out and so off we went, expertly (well, tentatively) piloted by your writer through weather which was nearing the pea-souper mystery mist of period detective movie cliche.  The pictures above are of an area of Brodick Beach which we thought would be a decent fit for Minnie in her current state – walking is still quite a bit of effort for her with her ongoing medical issues, so a softer sandy surface seemed like just the ticket for her.

Going for a walk, lots of sniffs to check out - back soon.

She did a fine job of things as it goes – not struggling too much, barely falling prey to the worst excesses of ‘wobbly leg’ (it’s the best way to describe her current gait) and demonstrating as much enjoyment of her stroll and of her surroundings as she has ever done.

We haven’t made a decision yet about where to take her tomorrow – we might take a drive to Lamlash tomorrow and give her another sniff of sea air, on light grassy surfaces which won’t vex her too much.  There’s other stuff to see there, too, so the humans will have a decent time as well.

More Arran reportings as they happen…

 

 

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Normal service resumed…

So, despite road conditions like these:

Image via MSN/picture by Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Mrs Rolling Eyeballs, Minnie the terrier and yours truly made it one piece to the ferry terminal at Ardrossan on the West Coast of Scotland.

If truth be told, the snow was a little scary for the half-hour or so that we were driving through it – so much so that we had to navigate round a pair of cars which had knocked chunks out of each others front wings (the drivers and passengers were okay) – but the wintry weather faded with the further west that we drove.

Arran itself has been entirely untouched by snow – something we were pleasantly delighted to see and one local passenger on the ferry over to the island was chuffed to see reasonably blue skies and sun for the first time in a few days – and the weather is pretty decent for this time of year.  We don’t come here for Grecian sun and temperatures – in Scotland, in February? – so anything that’s not a meteorological extreme of some kind is very welcome.

picture of Arran coastline via S1Arran.com

More updates to come throughout the week – hopefully with some pictures to help illustrate why we come here so often.

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Fluffrick goes West

So, tomorrow I will be braving predicted bad weather in the UK and going here:

Scotland in February. No, I'm not crazy. Or so it would seem...

The isle of Arran.  Regular as clockwork, that’s where I head to in February with Mrs Rolling Eyeballs and Minnie the Terrier in tow.

We’ve had reports that the weather was on the turn for a while, but it does appear that somewhere on our journey from Sheffield to Arran we will run into some harsh weather.  Wish us well and join me in hoping that the Wi-Fi in our digs is going to facilitate some blogging next week – regular service might be a little less frequent than usual, but I’ll try to get some posts in next week.

Play nice whilst I’m gone…

 

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