Tuesday 30 August 2022

The Isle of Arran #3

Part 1 HERE

Part 2 HERE

Last post of photos from a wonderful week on the Isle of Arran, courtesy of dear Barb Taub :)

Earliest walk I managed - about seven in the morning on the Thursday.  Threw hoodie and leggings over sleeping clothes, and out I went to catch the views.

Yes, swans in the sea!

One night, in the kitchen, Georgia, Judith and I were discussing how we could manage to just stay there.  Being people who work out plots, we invented various domestic emergencies that might prolong our stay, then I suggested we sabotage the ferry so return to the mainland was impossible, at least for a while.

We planned to dress all in black with ski masks in the middle of the night when we creep out there to cut wires and blow up stuff (we weren't quite sure what).  Then it occurred to me that, if seen, a canny sleuth might give us away, thus:

 'I heard someone asking, in a distinct Yorkshire accent, if she was cutting the right wire.'
'I think they were ladies of a certain age; I heard a few mumbles of 'ooh, me knees'.'
'One of them kept saying she'd lost her glasses.'
'The black catsuits they wore did look a little 'snug' on them.'

We are still working out the finer details....

Had to go out in the afternoon, too - you can see why I didn't get much writing done!

Seven in the morning, just before we left (sob)

It was a truly perfect week - many, many thanks to Barb for making it all possible, to Georgia for patiently driving us everywhere, and to all of you for the excellent company, great food, and the joy of spending a week with four lovely friends with whom I can discuss the ins and outs of this writing thing without their eyes glazing over!!  

Also reiterating how fab it was to meet Judith and Darlene for the first time.  I hope so much that we can all meet again - and next time I'll prepare something a bit less slapdash for my writer discussion thingy!!   I won't let my Imposter Syndrome get the better of me!!  Might even perfect my vegan chilli in the meantime - and Barb, please order 6 x as much gin & lemon ice cream ;)


  1. I can only reiterate all that you have said here, Terry - so many memories, made even more wonderful by being with Georgia, Barb, Darlene and yourself. A week never to be forgotten - and hopefully repeated next year. And yes, many many thanks to Barb - the hostess with the most-est!! And so glad the gin and lemon pudding was well received. Ordered for next year!! x

  2. So THAT’S why I found all those black cat suits after you left. But didn’t you know? Our ferries do a bang up job of sabotaging themselves. No knees-of-a-certain-age need be at risk…

    1. Ah yes. We thought we'd save them for next year!

    2. Haha - but maybe we shouldn't have eaten so much!!

  3. Wonderful photos, Terry. It looks amazing!

  4. Glad you all had a wonderful time.

  5. Fantastic photos, Tel, I like the swans in particular. I can see why this place is right up your rue.

  6. Those early morning shots are amazing. I especially love the swans. Somehow i missed the ferry sabotage plans but i could stand lookout for the three of you and possibly provide snacks. Here's to next years shenanigans! 😀

    1. It was one night quite late, when we were clearing up the kitchen, Darlene!!! Aye, provide snacks, that sounds good!!! The artichoke quiche things will suffice! xx