Last night we had a great evening in the Praban bar of the Eilean Iarmain hotel in Isle Ornsay. There were delicious tapas, live traditional music and Tricia and Hans were excellent company. They are the owners of the lodge which is our temporary home and, like us, an Anglo/Dutch couple. I enjoyed talking Dutch with Hans and we were amazed to discover that Hans had worked as a teacher at my primary school in Amsterdam only a couple of years after I left. On the way back home I drove slowly in the dark, on the narrow road to Ord, which gave me plenty of time to stop for the two deer that stood in the middle of the road.
Dank and dreich are the words that best describe the weather today. I started on my second mountain bike ride full of good intentions about going a bit further, but after half an hour I decided to turn back. It was too cold and the drizzle turned into proper rain. Nevermind. Today is a good day to be glad that we are here for six weeks; there will be days with better weather! If we were here for our normal one week, we would have been on our way back to Bacup by now. Inconceivable.