Hello ........ a week is never enough for a break away is it? Two weeks is always a better amount of time, not that I wish to sound ungrateful.
As I was putting an empty plastic bottle in the recyling after returning home, a saw there was a little bit of water left at the bottom, and I found myself thinking "this is water from Skye, because this is the bottle I filled from the tap in the cottage I was staying in". I feel like I'm still half in Skye.
This all took place in the cottage you see in the photograph above, which had the perfect spot and gorgeous views. In the end wall of the cottage (on its left), was a huge picture window, and from that window I could see down in to the valley and out to sea, it was idyllic. The website for the cottage has some fantastic photos of the views in its picture gallery, which you can see in the link here.
The cottage itself was lovely, clean, welcoming, no fussy decor, modern and just right, and I felt extremely at home there. In the photos on the website, it looks like it's very isolated, but it's not, there are other houses dotted around so you don't feel vulnerable, but there aren't so many houses that it feels crowded. The link to the website for the cottage is here. Looking at the calendar of availability, it's very booked up, I wouldn't be surprised if some of them are return visits.
Skye has dramatic landscape, wild even, especially this time of year. I like the wildness and the drama, it's impressive and awe inspiring. I didn't explore the island much because I was working most of the time, I stayed mostly in the North West area, and stretched my legs each day with a walk along the cliffs in the late afternoon, rain or shine.
One of the things I love about the landscape is the effect of the huge rolling skies, and the dramatic changes always taking place. Clouds appear, sweep over the landscape and then sunshine bursts through, it constantly shifts. It's a challenging landscape which makes you feel small, this is the sort of holiday that is the complete opposite of sunbathing on a beach.
I was on Skye before the tourist season had started, so many shops and cafes were closed. Before I left, I made an appointment to visit Shilasdair Yarns, where all the wool is hand dyed with natural products. They have a website here.
I bought some skeins of 4-ply to knit my little diamonds, for the blanket I'm making. And I have to admit, although I have no need of more yarn to knit another garment, I bought enough DK wool to make a striped dress, which I haven't photographed yet.
The photo above is one I took just before setting off in the car to return home. My Shilasdair yarn is sitting on the window seat of the picture window in the cottage, the window I sat in front of to knit occasionally during my stay. The drive, rather than being seven hours long, was eight and a half hours long going to Skye, and the same coming back, with only two breaks either way. Exhausting when you're doing it entirely on your own. Still, my stay on Skye was worth it, and if I was offered the opportunity to return any day soon, I'd jump at the offer.
Righty-ho, I need to get back to work. Cheerio.