God, Scotland, Uncategorized, Wick

Travelling mercies

332 miles and 6 hours 53 minutes of actual driving today to get from Wick to my overnight stop beside Annandale Water. I booked it online. Never again! I may have got a very economical price but not my usual view of the lake. Let’s hope it’s not too noisy.

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The drive started off in pouring rain. Lots of fun for loading all my luggage into the car. Self-catering always means you have to bring more stuff! But exactly one and a half hour’s away is the delightful Poppy’s in Golspie.

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There I tucked into a pot of tea (served with an extra teabag on the side in case I wanted a stronger brew) and a warm, freshly baked fruit scone.

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There were lots of other delicious goodies on offer and the girls were doing a roaring trade in bacon-filled potato scones. Yum!

Keeping on the culinary agenda, my next stop was for a sandwich lunch surrounded by beautiful silver birches, those elegant silver ladies of the forest.

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And close by,  lots of heather.

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Lay-bys do not come with essential facilities so the House of Bruar was a convenient stop.

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It has, in my opinion, one of the most luxurious ladies’ rooms I have so far encountered in what is essentially a shop!

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And of course, they don’t just do fish and chips:

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My last calorie top-up of the trip was a totally delicious banana pecan loaf cake with a pot of tea from Costa’s at Bothwell Services on the M74 – and then the sun came out! The last 54 miles of the drive was through golden scenery, the generous hillsides seemed brushed into softness and I found all my hurt and disappointment about having to return to England empty-handed had evaporated in the sunshine.

God is good.



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