Monday 11 April 2011: FROM THE ISLE OF SKYE
Just a snapshot today.
They've "just come down from the Isle of Skye. Donald whaur's yer troosers?" These are our guests, Martin and Catriona. They're from Portree and are walking back to their rental house here. It's his first trip to Italy and he's carrying a bundle of wild asparagus. I have permission to use this photograph or there would be hell to pay. They're very good buddies. I haven't laughed so much since the last time I saw them and he told the story of a wicked cat who played tricks on a dim spaniel.
And this is their daughter, Alison, who had the audacity to take my picture while I was taking hers. She let down her guard, though. Alison
We're all off up the mountain this afternoon to an ancient Etruscan site, used by them as a lookout for enemies. It was used by the Romans for the same thing. It was a signal post for them. Then it was used during World War II by the Germans for the very same purposes. It's a high point visible from all directions. The views from up there are tremendous although it's a bit hazy today.
Update: This is the view from the top of the lookout mountain. You can see our house from here. It's just a dot in the distance. I've made it lighter otherwise it is hard to find. We didn't hike up here, oh, dear me no. We drove. It's hairpin bends all the way and a seriously rutted dirt road for the last few kms/miles. Guests went all quiet in the back seat as be climbed higher and higher.
View from the top:
For the record: +25 C Sunny. Humidity 35%.