My hubby and I love the BBC programme "Escape to the Country". We often adore those beautiful old houses... well, hubby prefers the new houses... and love to learn more about the British Countryside. Unfortunately we had for our own Escape none of those fab and very nice presenters at hand and therefore I had to do it by myself. So, if somebody from BBC is reading this post (of coooourse ;o)), this is my letter of application for the job as TV presenter for Escape to the Country, because they plan to extend it on the continent. However, I wouldn't even mind to hop in as coffee or sandwich supplier or Memo holder *LoL*. But back now to our own Escape.
So wurde die Suche nach den Otter zum Running Gag dieser Schottland Woche.
As you had seen before on the first photo our cottage "The Old Croft" was very rural but directly at the sea, at Lochcarron. As it was written in the promotion (and in the visitors book too), one could see dolphins, otters and seals from the windows of the cottage. Well, we stared a hole into the Loch but never saw an animal... but many waves and rocks that we missinterpreted as otters or seals.
So the sight of otters was a running gag throughout our holiday week.
Die Küche war so richtig schnucklig auf alt gemacht, mit Belfast Sink. Auch musste ich mich an das Kochen mit Gasherd zuerst gewöhnen. Wer die Küche sehen will klicke an besten hier hin, das wäre dann nämlich auch gleich die Adresse, wo man das Cottage mieten kann. Wir haben bereits zum zweiten Mal über diese Agentur gebucht und bisher hat es immer bestens geklappt.
This was the sight from the kitchen window... what a view! You could look over the Loch from nearly every window of the cottage and we do really miss that view already. The kitchen was a new one who was made to look old. It has one of my beloved Beflast Sinks. I had to get used to cook on a gas hob, but it worked very well. If you'd like to see the kitchen, go on this page, where you find also the agency of that lovely cottage. We have already booked twice by this agency and everytime everything run smoothly.
Behind the kitchen you walk into a dining room and finally into the living space. It's a working fireplace. Well, one had to use peats, which we have never done before, so we wanted to give it a try. Ha ha, it ended that we felt like salmons in a smokery... we had to open the windows to get rid of the smoke, worrying that the fire alarm might go off and so we were freezing again, of course. After ignoring the peat in the fireplace and let it smoke silently :o)... it lasted some minutes and suddenly we had a lovely fire. But as it has to be: it burnt so well, that we couldn't go to bed and leave it on its own. What ever you do... it's wrong.
Going up the stairs you've got a lovely modern family bathroom.
Upstairs you find one of the two bedrooms.
And now the BBC presenter would say with a smile in his face: "And... this is just for youu." Yes it was :o).
Mit angrenzendem Badezimmer resp. Regendusche...herrlich!
En suite shower... isn't that done nicely?!
Ebenfalls herrlich war der hübsche Garten, der zum Cottage gehörte und wir hatten solches Wetterglück, dass wir ihn sogar mehr als einmal (genau 2x *kicher*) benutzen konnten um draussen gemütlich ein Gläschen Wein zu trinken.
We just enjoyed the lovely garden, which belongs to the Cottage. The weather was so kind with us, that we could use it more than once (ehm... twice *LoL*) to have a relaxing glass of wine outside.
Usually I don't like the colour orange in the garden. But those Crocosmia were beautiful and like a firework.
Of course our hired car had its place too.
Only about 200 meters from the cottage away, was this lovely bay with...
... zerfallener Burg, die ursprünglich von den Macdonalds gebauten worden sei. Als die Burg von Feinden umlagert gewesen sei, hätten ein paar dumme ängstliche Weiber, die Wasser geholt hätten, in der Dunkelheit ausversehen das Wasser über das Kanonenpulver geleert. Tja, die Feinde konnten das Teil erobern und in die Luft jagen. Hmm, scheint also doch was an der Wiedergeburt dran zu sein, denn Tolpatsch, der ich bin, muss ich wohl damals schon gelebt haben. Oder aber die damaligen Jungs haben die Geschichte rumerzählt um von ihrer eigenen Unfähigkeit abzulenken. Wer weiss, wie es sich tatsächlich zugetragen hat. Schade um die Burg ist's auf alle Fälle, denn schaut Euch mal diese Aussicht an:
... its own ruin. The castle was built by the Macdonalds. It was said that when the castle was surrounded by enemies, some silly fearful women went to draw water from the well. Because it was dark they accidentally poured the water over the gun powder. Well it sounds, as if I have been living on this earth before *LoL*... this really could have been me. However, it is also possible, that those guys were just telling this story around to distract from their own incompetence... who knows what really happened. But the enemies blew up the castle, that is for sure and a pitty, because look at this view:
"What a view! It can't become better!" I really can hear the BBC presenter in my head. Of course he won't mention that the room is a bit airy and not really weatherproof... but hey, as house buyers you have to make compromises.
The hills in the background do belong to Isle of Skye.
On the first evening on "our" ruin bay, we suddenly had a visitor. What you probably can't see, is that between us and the dog is the water from the sea.
Hmm, what can a dog do to get over it?
As if a Scottish Border Collie would be kept back by a little bit of water. Quickly he found the edge at the rock beside him...
... and with that a way to get to us. What a great dog!
Isn't she or he adorable?! Of course we had to cuddle this clever dog and enjoyed with him/her a lovely evening sunbath before we all returned to our own home. Dear doggy, if it doesn't work with the job at BBC I'm gonna apply for your job... what a life you've got.
And this is the Loch Carron on which our cottage was built. Heavenly, isn't it?
"Hehe, but me you didn't find anyway." Yes, that's right. But if you follow me further on I will tell you sometime where we found the otters.
Bis dahin / Take care