Oh, Monday! I knew you would arrive just as you always do, even after our week of escape and adventure. We were in Scotland, in the Highlands, as far as the Isle of Skye, which was once only a place in a song I sang as a lullaby, and is now somewhere to hold in my head as I fall asleep myself. We have plenty of pictures, we have plans to go back; and that's a mighty fine result for a break planned only a few days before we left.
I didn't take my laptop; but I had my phone and so I was able to jump onto instagram in the evenings, back at the hotel. If you spied my pictures you'll already know that one of my highlights of the week was my discovery that I might be a bit of a trainspotter at heart.
We were driving through swirling Scottish mists one day, past wild countryside and sparkling water, when we suddenly heard alongside us a sound we recognised as a steam train. I've never been close to one moving before. We had caught up with what looked like the real Hogwarts Express - actually the Jacobite train travelling what is known as "the greatest train journey in the world" - heading towards the viaduct it crosses on screen. It steamed along beside the road, we drove beside and it was a strangely moving experience. Once it pulled ahead, then we caught it, it slipped behind the trees, we found it again.
I took photos with my phone - the instagram ones, fast and fun - but soon I realised we were travelling with her and that I had time to get out my camera: these are my pictures. I couldn't resist keeping the car wing mirror in shot, so there I am: trainspotting...
...until the moment when the mist finally came right down and the moor rose up and she disappeared as her smoke hung on in the air..
She was beautiful.
So that's my memo for today. Turns out I like trains. How about you? Anything new? I have a deliciously full to bursting Feedly to fill me in, and I'll catch up as fast as I can. But for now, maybe you'd like to make a memo too? I have links to share from the week before last:
and I'll pick up the rest as I travel through the week. Not on a train. But I can always dream. Anyone else fancy a trip? Have a good week!