This year has been very busy in one way or another and seems to have passed very quickly. Tim and I are not great at making plans well ahead and enjoy being at home, so holidays are usually the last thing we think about. We decided though that maybe some time away would recharge our batteries. So we headed for the hills. Having parents that came from either end of the country many childhood holidays were spent by the sea down south or in the hills and mountains up north. For me I always feel at home in these places because they hold so many wonderful memories.
We had an overnight stay with my Aunt and Uncle with wonderful home cooking. I needed to do some interpreting for Tim at times as my Uncle has such a strong accent. We used to laugh at Dad when we visited as children because he would always revert back to his home dialect and we couldn't understand him.
We then headed further north into Scotland which is another place I love. We have had 4 days of walking eating and just trying to absorb the most beautiful countryside. I must add a note of warning here, this is not the place to visit if you want good hair. Wind, rain walking and ferry trips all add up to a bad hair week, but I have to say I love it when the wind blows through your hair so much it really does feel like the cobwebs have been cleared out.
We both love walking, but our home area is considered quite flat and a 5 mile walk here would just be a short stroll. We tackled a 5 mile walk which took 4 hours and went in an upwards direction until we reached 2400 feet.The last bit was almost on hands and knees scrabbling to the summit not quite my idea of pleasure but the views from the top were amazing and worth every aching muscle and joint that followed.
One of the great things about walking is that you get so much pleasure, satisfaction and exercise from something that costs absolutely nothing. This was the "Pap of Glencoe". The decent which involved sliding down some places on your bottom was made more appealing by the thought of a hot cup of tea in the visitors centre. This turned out to be better than expected because they had wonderful settees to sit on whilst you savoured your drink.
Returning to the car I spotted this......................
I have only seen these before in books and a certain blog. This one is for you Weirdbunny.
I won't bore you with anymore holiday details but just share some more views because it really is such a beautiful place, and there is so much to see.
These cows on Mull were in no hurry to let us past so all you can do is sit and admire the view until they are ready to move on.
I loved these colourful houses in Tobemory.
Views as we were leaving Skye.
Changing the subject completely now several of you have asked for the chutney recipe so here it is as promised.
No Cook Chutney
1lb of peeled and cored cooking apples grated
1lb finely chopped onions
1lb finely chopped dates
1lb demerara sugar
1 pint vinegar
1/2 tsp salt & pepper
1 tsp dried English mustard
prepare all ingredients (beware of grating fingers whilst doing the apples and tissues to the ready for the onions) mix in large non metallic bowl with sugar, mustard s & P pour over vinegar and stir ( I use malt vinegar).Cover bowl and leave for 24 hours before pouring into clean jars and cover with screw top lids or cellophane type. This will need to mature for about 1 month before it's ready to eat.
I do hope you like it.