Gooch Hamkin Canoe



The weather was looking dark but Caroline and Catherine were still keen to get out for a paddle. After a coffee at my house we set off to my local beach in Mellon Charles.

I took the opportunity to throw my self down onto the beach after slipping on a wet rock, I didn’t realise at the time that I had hurt my ribs – maybe if I had I’d have pestered Catherine to have a look at me since she’s a doctor!




We got on the water before the rain started and headed off to see where we got to. Catherine was able to provide lots of power from the back of the canoe due to her regular dragon boat racing, it was just the steering she had to get used to. Caroline was celebrating her birthday today, and what better way to do it than by getting drenched by the rain in a canoe!

The rain this evening was so heavy it washed away part of the single track road south from Gairloch, causing delays and diversions.

A nip to the shop

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I thought I’d put up a few pictures.

I only had a few things to do today, one of them being nipping to the shop. Would have been daft to drive on such a nice day.

Aultbea Stores



Aultbea Stores across the millpond like water.



Torridon Mountains






The mountains south towards  Torridon, snow covered and inviting.






An Teallach




An Teallach to the east, not the most rugged looking from this angle but we know it is really.









A spot of wild life watching on route – just a spot though.


Mellon Charles





Gentle paddling back home to Mellon Charles, a lovely little paddle out for milk and bread. I’ll have to find an excuse to nip to the shop tomorrow!



Wester Ross can be fantastic at this time of the year, not just the summer time.



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