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Re: LMB the confused expat
« Reply #30 on: October 20, 2018, 09:47:57 AM »
What could it be?!?!

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Re: LMB the confused expat
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2018, 07:56:15 AM »
No pregnancy, no sibling;  Breagha's suprise is that we could again reunite her with her homeland.
For those of you who are interested:  On Monday, 1-10, we drove to Calais, boarded the Eurotunnel train and then drove to our hotel in Maidstone. The next day it was up to Westmoreland/Tebay, both trips unspectacular, and we enjoyed a relaxing evening in both hotels, together with other friendly dogs and their equally friendly owners. The next day it was a four-hour drive to Tighuabruaich (Kyles Bute, Argyll) where we stayed three nights once more in a very dog friendly hotel, right above the Loch. Gorgeous.
From there we took day-trips, the most beautiful of which was over to Kintyre by ferry and then all the way down to Campbelltown. What wonderful countryside, what lovely on-the-road stops. -  On Sat we took the long ferry from Oban to Castlebay on the  Isle of Barra (some time ago recommended by Ealcapitan  - thanks again).  That was quite an experience and fun on the rather large Caledonian Macbrayne with 15 other dogs in the doggie section.  We are proud to say that landlubber Breagha behaved perfectly.
On Barra we stayed two nights in a nice B&B. On the first day a severe storm swept over the island. Impressive, we had never experienced anything like this. Although we could hardly leave the car and could not walk on the gorgeous beaches, we greatly enjoyed driving around the fantastic little island. What beauty ! What overwhelming nature !

On Monday it was another ferry transfer, to Eriskay, and then leisurely driving up to Loch Carnan / South Uist where we stayed at the Orasay Inn for two nights and explored both Uists.
On Wednesday yet another ferry trip, to the Isle of Harris where we stayed two nights at the Scarista. The weather was good, a little rain but also a lot of sunshine. We all enjoyed gorgeous beach walks; you should have seen Breagha !
It was then that we learned that an even heavier and rather threatening storm was expected for Friday, the day of our planned departure to .......
Well, on Thursday evening we received mobile information that all ferries had been cancelled for the next day but that they would try to run an amended schedule for Saturday with a 05.00 am ferry, boarding no later than 04.00 am, and they would accept us then.

Uuhh, this is when it became hectic because we could not keep our room at the Scarista for another night - fully booked and no other hotel in Tarbert accepted us with Breagha, and you understand: not without our LMB. We had already planned on sleeping in the car when the helpful manager at Scarista found us a B&B down in Leverburgh. This meant we had another interesting day on Harris and also drove up to Stornoway on Lewis - all very beautiful and in sunny weather.  After a sleepless few hours in that Sorrell B&B in L. , we got up at 03.00 am, grabbed the prepared breakfast bags, urged Breagha to hurry up and wee and hastily drove to the ferry port at Tarbet, of course carefully avoiding the few calmly walking or snoozing sheep on the mostly single lane road in the pitch-dark night.  The transfer to Skye (LMB's surprise) was fine. We arrived around 06.40 am. As we were very tired, we decided to sleep a bit in the car, in a paking space below the Old Man of Storr. What unique experience !
Later we went to the Uig Hotel where Rosie, Breagha's little sister, lives.  It was lovely meeting Billy, her owner, and realising that Rosie is as crazy (positively meant) as ours. Wonderful seeing the two Sgurr sisters together; two of a kind.

And then, sadly, we had to learn that LMB's fellow Scot was so right when he wrote in his poem 'To a Mouse':  "The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry ........."   Before we left Switzerland we decided that even though our main destination was the Outer Hebrides, we would, if at all possible, return via Skye and surprise dear Enid and Geoff. Thus, we checked into a small hotel near their home and went over to Breagha's birthplace where we saw that our surprise plan did not work out. Enid and Geoff were on holiday.  We would have just loved to see them and their dogs, incl. our Breagha's parents.  On the other hand, we were happy to learn that they were also enjoying holidays.  Unable to contact them directly, we managed to do so indirectly through this Forum and they, in turn, contacted their friends Ampa and Colin who called us at the hotel and invited us to their home for a delicious dinner.  What a most lovely evening we spent with these interesting, kind people. And all this thanks to wonderful Enid and Geoff.  Incredible.  We are so deeply grateful for everything - not least the origine of all this, our Sgurr Breagha.

The second day we spent visiting known and new places on beautiful Skye. We even went to the Neist Point Lighthouse - extremely impressive. LMB was mainly interested in the hundreds of rabbit holes and extended Martin's arm by about two inches, pulling on her long lead.

In case there is still somebody reading this long-winded post, (sorry but we are just overwhelmed by the memory of our most beautiful trip, which we did not take for granted), the remaining few days are quickly described:  from Skye it was back to Tebay with a stop in Ft. William where Breagha proudly walked around with us. As an 11-week-old back in March 2013, Martin carried her inside his thick jacket because it was freezing cold outside. The next day it was down to the Holiday Inn at Folkstone and the following day an unspectacular drive home. 
We are so very thankful for just everything we could experience and deeply enjoy.
 :love4: from Breagha, Martin and Ruth  (all now ferry-experienced)


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Re: LMB the confused expat
« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2018, 01:03:50 PM »
Loved it  :love4:  and for me it meant a good deal   ;D

We almost made an identical trip back in 2016, It was a kind of family pilgrimage for us too, My Great Grandmother
was from Stornoway and my Grandmother  was born on Skye.

Rosie also loved the trip and the Caledonian Macbrayne hospitality!! So glad Breagha was happy with her sea legs!

Yes the beaches were much enjoyed by Rosie and the scenery so wonderful though we were slightly luckier with the weather, you certainly sounded like you all saw and experienced so much...Ö Those sheep were unbelievable, so chilled!!

How great for you and Breagha to have spent time with Rosie her sister,  bless them it must have been lovely for them to have the time together.

Such a shame you missed Enid and family, it must have been so disappointing. It would have been wonderful for you all to have caught up, humans and Springers. Nice though that the day had an unexpectedly happy ending.

Again, lovely to read and share it with you in more ways than one!

Hopefully it won't be too long before you and Breagha can return to her homeland and reunite with family and friends.
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Re: LMB the confused expat
« Reply #33 on: October 26, 2018, 09:49:47 PM »
Aww wow what a great holiday LMB  :love4:

Sounds lovely  & fun, shame you missed Enid & Geoff, sometimes these surprises just donít go to plan.

We would love to meet you at some point Kensi says hi to her relative ;D. I have promised we will get back to Skye & to Lochgilphead where Kensi mum is.  Hopefully in the next few years.

I hope you all enjoyed yourself  ;D
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« Reply #34 on: October 28, 2018, 12:32:34 PM »
Wow sounds like you had a great time :love4:
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« Reply #35 on: October 30, 2018, 09:04:00 AM »
What an amazing trip you had.

LMB, you are such a well travelled young lady.

What a shame Enid and Geoff were away but how lovely that you met other doggie relatives and made new friends on Skye. 
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Re: LMB the confused expat
« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2018, 12:30:13 PM »
Iíve been meaning to send you a message! I promise Iíll get round to it at some point but Iím glad you enjoyed your trip :) I was outside working the day of that storm  :023 we get it much worse Iím afraid!

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