Monday, 21 April 2014

Skye, end of the football season and PMQs

We're getting ready for our trip '...over the sea to Skye' as the boat song goes.  The tourist information says that the best way to approach Skye is by the ferry from Mallaig to Armadale on the southern edge, but the way most people go these days is via the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh - we haven't decided yet which way to go.  Neither of us are good sailors so unless the sun is shining and the sea a millpond - there's a line in the boat song that says 'Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar' - its probably going to be the bridge. 

Talking of weather, one of my favourite internet connections is to the BBC weather website which gives you local hour by hour predictions for weather for the next five days.  I love it.  I've used it this morning already because I've got the grass to cut and a football match to go to so its helped me decide when to get the mower out.  The football match is AFC Rushden and Diamonds vs Wellingborough Town, a real local derby because we share a ground between us down at London Road in Wellingborough, so you can't get more 'local' than that.  Its the last home game this year and we'll be there to thank AFC R&D for a great season and congratulate them for coming close to the top of the division in their first year.

Another bit of the BBC website I like is the 'week in pictures' and the 'your pictures' page, use the link to have a look.  When I last looked it was showing some great photos of South Africa.

Talking of pictures ........... I've entered 3 photos into the Alfred East Open 14 - one of which appears here.  
Here's hoping that at least one of the judges likes one of the pictures and lets me in.

Looking back at the news this week it was great to hear that some of the female MPs don't bother going to Prime Minister's Questions in the commons because its a waste of time.  They've got better things to do than sitting watching a bunch of idiots shout, ball and show off at each other whilst saying nothing of any substance (my words, not theirs).  At one point in the news coverage of the issue John Bercow was seen on one recent occasion, reminding members of the house that there was a group of children in the gallery.  I presume they'd come to see how our wonderful democracy functions - I wonder what they thought of it all.

So here's hoping that the weather in the Hebrides is kind to us - yes I've looked at it on the BBC weather website and I'm not saying what it says - and we come back with tales of the Bonnie Prince and Flora MacDonald and some good pictures of one of Britain's most dramatic landscapes. 

P.S. For those interested there is another short fiction story of mine on Amazon Kindle, its called 'Letter to Barbara'............ a story of family life mixed with murder!


  1. I'd definitely be going over the bridge! I hope the weather is being kind to you. Looking forward to seeing you hanging in the art gallery again.

  2. Hope you had a lovely time on Skye although if the weathers bad you get more dramatic pictures so you've won either way! I like your comment about our parliament, being a Scandi drama fan (assuming it's fairly accurate) the Danish system for debating puts ours to great shame, what a pity our MP's think who ever shouts the most wins.

  3. Jeremy and I went to Skye years ago (pre-children) in a hire car. We got off the ferry - there was no choice in those days - and drove to the nearest town. When we parked, we got out of the car and Jeremy said "Turn the engine off, then" I was holding the keys in my hand. Something had happened (mechanics is not my strong point) and the engine was permanently on. My comment "Don't worry, we're in the AA" was met with a look and a "And we're on the Isle of F**ing Skye!!" Turned out that the building on the other side of the Tourism Office where we'd parked was the one and only AA accredited garage on the island. With the mechanic's help, we finished the journey, and the holiday, using a screwdriver to start and stop the engine. Eeeeeehhhh them were the days!!!