We had a mini autumn break recently at Loch Rannoch, which is in the middle of nowhere (the road only went a few miles further than where we stayed) and therefore awesomely relaxing. We went with Tam's mum, aunt and uncle, and of course Parsnip. On the way up we stopped off at Aberfeldy and popped into this great print shop I found last time. Tam and I bought each other a mini sketch pad and I snaffled one of those cool leaflets for my display board.
After finally arriving at the cottage, the knitting came out and the fire went on. This pretty much set the tone for most nights that week, aside from the Thursday when we all went to The Enchanted Forest in the rain. I like to think the weather added to the 'Elemental' theme they had going on though... The next day Tam and I went off to use his Christmas present from last year - a trip on the Highland Safari. We went on the Mountain Safari and it was way more fun than I was expecting. We even saw some deer! Two tribes! (Packs? Families? Um...) And the dram of whisky 2500 feet up didn't hurt either. Obviously my camera wasn't quite up to capturing the wildlife (hence the giant arrow...) but the binoculars did a much better job.
There was much dog walking done too of course, which Parsnip was very excited about. We had a great walk in the Black Woods (a name that didn't endear me to it right away, funnily enough, but the peacefulness soon won me round) and completely tired Parsnip out with a game of 'fetch the stick'. One time he even dived into the bushes and came out with a completely different stick, which he looked so pleased about I couldn't help doubling over with laughter. He's a hoot. We got on better with the selfies this time too - Parsnip is turning into an excellent photography subject!