on Thursday we went down south to visit....
As we pulled up we were greeted to a lovely sight....Marvin was waiting outside his house to welcome us, wearing his Aussie bandana....how cool is this dog? Well, actually, VERY cool! He's our new hero and our Mum and Liam loved him and wanted to take him home but he wouldn't get in our car (see photo on his blog) he told us he loves his J too much.....or maybe he heard about our Mum's driving!
Jeannie is a lovely person too, she and our Mum got on so well we couldn't get a woof in edgeways! We all went for a lovely walk around Marvin's fields and woods....our only regret was that we couldn't be off lead, we saw at least a dogzillion rabbits in those woods....and oh, to feel the warmth of a sun-ripened cowpat beneath our collars again, oh well, we can dream! (we are too naughty off lead, especially in strange places....well, a Hound's gotta explore!)
Before & after!
While Jeannie and Mum had a cuppa, Marvin shredded the green ball we brought him....before moving onto bigger and better things!
We had such a lovely time with Marvin and Jeannie, it was really lovely to meet them and we would like to thank them again for welcoming us and being so much fun!
When we left Marvin's we decided to swing round by the Wallace Monument for some photos....the humans hadn't planned on doing the tour as we still had a long drive ahead of us but before we knew it they were right at the top!
We saw them looking down at the car, they looked like ants way up there....wonder if they heard us howling....come down Mum! (We didn't hear them, it was very windy at the top and the views were stunning....and slightly vomit-inducing! You can enlarge all the pics for more detail, we took so many we had to collage some!)
Stirling Castle, taken from outside the main entrance (pictured above). Both the monument and the Castle are impressively lit up at night but when we passed them on the way home at around 10pm, one photographer was driving and the other two were asleep!
The start of the tour....the creepy looking stairs.
Not a great photo but it's THE sword!
Biggify....it's one of four maps of a view from the top.
We even got a certificate (which Mum then ruined by putting the wrong date on!) Actually, the steps weren't too bad....but the steep zig-zaggy path up to the monument....wow!
At the top....take a pew before you collapse....and take in these views, just don't look down!
Thanks for the tour Willie!
Back on the road again, we had to go and pick up our eldest human sis from RAF Leeming where she had been visiting her BF's family. Liam always goes on about the "Welcome to England" sign....he's usually asleep by the time we pass it, this time he was awake but not camera-ready and the shot was a blur!
Only a couple of photos from this visit, the above is the aircraft situated just inside the gates, not sure but think it's a Gloster Javelin. The second is quite horrible. Our Mum had to get a pass to get inside the base to pick sis up, she had to stand on a cross and look at the camera....but Liam was making her laugh and this is the result....anyone seen The Shining?
Mum would like us to point out that that is the boy's grubby thumb, not hers!
Some shots from the way down the road....
The first snowgates
A cairn on the Dava moor
Ruthven Barracks near Kingussie
It started raining after this and continued almost until we got to Marvin's when the sun came out again!
The road home....we were keen to get home and moving at speed so the photos aren't great.
That cow's got the hump! We should have stopped here but were running so late....in this field among the cows there are emus, llamas and camels!
In your dreams Liam (and Mum who prefers the 4x4 towing!)
Leaving North Yorkshire and entering Cumbria....otherwise known as Ludoland!
Hame....well, still about 4hrs to go! ('scuse the bug-adorned windscreen!)
Two shots of Carrbridge, the first at around 7.30am and again on the way home at around 12.30am....we got in just before 2am!
Thanks for all the biscuits Marvin and Jeannie, Rosie especially loves the milky bones :D